3 ways to combat recurring ingrown hairs
Ingrown hairs are itchy, unsightly and annoying. Plus, if you leave them to their own devices they can, in the worst cases, become infected and painful. If you’re someone who suffers from recurring ingrown hairs consider trying these three lifestyle tips to get rid of them for good:
Exfoliating with a natural scrub
Clogged pores and dead skin cells can prevent new hairs from growing up and out of the skin. Exfoliating the skin to remove these impurities prevents each hair from doubling back on itself and curling back under the surface. A mixture of brown sugar combined with honey (instead of an oil, which can clog the pores) makes for a fantastic natural body scrub, but you can also opt for chemical exfoliants that contain ingredients like glycolic acid, which remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells and lend the skin a fresher and brighter appearance. Here’s a fab new glycolic acid skincare product, The Chemical Peel, that’s perfect for exfoliating the face, preventing ingrown hairs on the jawline and stimulating cell renewal.
Dry body brushing
If you find that exfoliators are too rough on your sensitive skin then dry body brushing is a brilliant alternative. The stiff bristles on the brush gently slough away dead skin cells, unclog pores and release trapped ingrown hairs without the addition of extra products. Dry brushing also stimulates the lymphatic system, which filters bacteria and toxins out from the body. Try it once a week before showering to prevent ingrown hairs from recurring.
Shaving causes ingrown hairs because the tip of each razored hair is sharp and therefore more likely to pierce back through the skin as it grows. Waxing is far better because each hair is removed from the root and has to grow again from scratch with a fine, tapered tip. Regular waxing should reduce the frequency of ingrown hairs, especially around intimate areas where growth tends to be coarser and thicker. Anything from every 4-6 weeks is ideal for leg, underarm and bikini line waxing.