How to prevent ingrown hairs

by Gio

Ingrown hairs are a common problem for a lot of women and men. They’re ugly, can be painful and always seem to appear in very sensitive places. As someone who prefers shaving because it’s faster and pain-free, I’ve had my share of annoying ingrown hair, until I learnt a couple of tips on how you can prevent them.

What are ingrown hairs?

Ingrown hairs are usually a result of hair being cut too short or bluntly broken off, creating a sharp tip that can curl back into the skin, or grow sideways into it. Another cause is too much buildup: when the opening of the hair follicle is blocked by too many dead skin cells and other debris, hairs will grow sideways. Ingrown hairs are more common among people with curly hair, but everyone else can get them too.

How can I prevent ingrown hairs?

The best way to prevent ingrown hair would be to let it grow freely instead of cutting it, meaning no shaving or waxing. That’s not always possible though, so another useful thing you can do is to exfoliate your skin. By using a gentle exfoliant regularly you’ll make sure that your follicles wouldn’t get clogged up so that hair will grow as it is supposed to and not sideways.

Exfoliants containing BHA (Saliylic Acid) are perfect because they exfoliate both deeply inside the follicles and on the surface of the skin, getting rid of dirt and cells buildup. Just don’t exaggerate, as too much exfoliating can lead to irritation and redness. In alternative, you could also use a loofah to exfoliate your skin, which is more gentle and a better choice for those with sensitive skin. Also, wearing loose clothes can reduce chaffing and irritation and prevent ingrown hair, especially in the delicate pubic area.

Do you have any more tips to prevent ingrown hairs?

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Anna August 13, 2010 - 1:38 am

Thank you SO MUCH for this blog post 🙂 Ive had these problems for a long time and I hate them.. they are so painful.. I do wax and shave and I dont see a way that would make me stop.. So these are very great tips 🙂
Thank you 🙂


beautifulwithbrains August 13, 2010 - 8:14 am

Anna, you’re welcome. I don’t think I could ever stop shaving either so these tips have been very useful to me to avoid ingrown hair. I hope they’ll be just as helpful to you. 🙂

Stavroula Plag August 14, 2010 - 12:41 am

I’ve posted a random tip of the day on my blog about this! 😉 change your razors frequently, because if they’re old they don’t cut the hairs that well, so you have to repeat the process and your skin gets irritated… (insert ingrown hairs here) !

Also apply a moisturizer after you’re done with shaving! 🙂


beautifulwithbrains August 14, 2010 - 1:53 pm

Stavroula, thanks for the tips. You’re right, those are very important things and help prevent ingrown hair too. 🙂


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