Ingrown hairs can be distressful, and the worst part is, most of us have to deal with them at one point or the other irrespective of the method we use to get rid of hair. Nonetheless, there are proven ways to prevent ingrown hairs, particularly after epilating.
Below is a checklist of these methods;
Exfoliated Before Epilating
Getting rid of dead skin cells a day or two before epilating is an integral part of nipping ingrown hairs in the bud. Apart from eliminating accumulated dead, dry skin from the surface of the skin, exfoliation also unclogs blocked pores while reducing the likelihood of ingrown hairs at the same time. Besides, the process smoothes the skin, leaving it feeling soft and supple which further makes epilation much more efficient.
Note – people who are susceptible to exfoliation may consider using glycolic acid to increase the efficacy of the entire process.
Epilate in the Direction of the Hair Follicle
Efficient removal of ingrown hair boils down to plucking the entire follicle and most importantly in the direction that it grows. Why? Because when the hair is plucked against its natural direction of growth, the chances are that it will break and eventually become ingrown.
Treat the Skin After Epilation
The skin will become inflamed after irritation, even for those used to epilation. The first step to ensuring that ingrown hairs don’t occur after epilating is to clean the skin with a washcloth in a circular motion. Be sure to use a mild antiseptic for the process. Harsh formulas should be avoided to reduce the likelihood of aggravating the intensity or irritation and inflammation.
Avoid Irritating Ingrown Hairs
Because they are itching and painful, it is quite tempting to scratch the red bumps associated with ingrown hairs. While scratching the bumps may offer temporary relief, it only exposes them to infections.
If the irritation becomes intolerable, be sure to seek the doctor’s advice. He or she may recommend topical creams to reduce inflammation or oral antibiotics to treat the infection.
Avoid Wearing Tight Clothes
While there is nothing wrong in wearing a tight pair of jeans, it can increase the likelihood of ingrown hairs if worn immediately after epilating. If the clothes have to be tight, the material should be breathable to promote air flow.
Consider Laser Removal
Laser hair removal and electrolysis are perhaps the only two methods that can help get rid of ingrown hairs from epilating completely. But, it is worth mentioning that they are quite expensive processes and a reserve of those with the money to spend. Both methods work by stopping hair growth, and with no hair growing, there’s no likelihood of ingrown hairs occurring.
Ingrown hair is a common phenomenon and knowing how to deal with it goes a long way in reducing the discomfort, irritation and the pain it causes. Even though there is a myriad of ways to treat and prevent ingrown hairs, be sure to stick to what works for you and your skin type.