Preventing ingrown hairs is a very easy process. I am going to tell you how to do this right now.
To prevent ingrown hairs you need to know what they are, then you can stop this from happening to you.
An ingrown hair happens when the hairs curls round and grows back under the skin. It can be quite painful, it will also leave a little red spot on the skin.
The hair can be caused to curl by dead skin cells, so removing those dead skin cells with exfoliation will help prevent them from forming.
If you have curly hair then it is most likely to happen to you, so you need to know how to stop this from happening.
It stands to reason that the hair becomes ingrown because it is not growing straight upwards away from the skin. The hair is growing back down towards the skin.
So to stop an ingrown hair we need to straighten the hair up, re-direct the way the hair is growing so that it is away from the skin.
An ingrown hair can cause an infection, and even leave the skin with a nasty red bump full of puss. So this matter is quite serious actually.
I have done this post on an epilator site because it is most likely that an ingrown hair can occur from epilating or waxing.
I should point out that if you buy the best epilator available it is unlikely that you suffer ingrown hairs at all.
The best thing about epilating for a lengthly time is that the hair grows back finer and much weaker, in that it is less likely that you will get ingrown hairs anymore.
Removing and Preventing Ingrown Hairs
First of all you need to know how to prevent ingrown hairs. Then we will discuss how to get rid of them if you already have them in place on your skin.
How to prevent ingrown hairs;
- Re-direct hair growth by exfoliation. Rub your body with a cloth, exfoliating glove or loofah.
- Wet your skin with warm water on a daily basis to open up your pours.
- Do not wear tight skinny jeans or tops too often. Your tight clothes will curl up your hairs and re-direct their growth back towards your skin.
- Cleansing on a regular basis will also change the direction of the hairs and prevent them from becoming an ingrown hair.
- Moisturising after cleansing and exfoliation will keep your skin healthy and prevent those dead skin cells from forming, which can then lead to ingrown hairs.
- It is important to keep your skin hydrated on the outside by moisturising, but also on the inside, by drinking your recommended daily amount of water.
- Prevention is best accomplished by keeping the pours open, to keep the hair growing outwards in the right direction. Any animal products or petrolium jelly can stick up your pours and cause ingrown hairs.
There is more information in this video on preventing ingrown hairs;
How to remove ingrown hairs;
So you have an ingrown hair. Be sure not to itch or scratch and rub the area, this is a sure fire way to get the area infected.
- Get yourself a face cloth and pop it into warm water.
- Now pop the cloth against the hairs for a few minutes to open up your pours.
- Use a sterile pair or tweezers or needle to dislodge the hair from underneath your skin. Remove the hair in the direction that it naturally grows in.
- If you remove the hair against the direction of natural growth the hair is likely to snap, which could lead to further problems. You will have to wait for the hair to grow a little more before you can try again.
- After the hair is removed you need to soothe the area with a damp cloth. Work the cloth lightly against the skin in a circular movement. You can them apply a moisturising cream if you want to, this will keep the skin hydrated.
Take a look at this video on how to safely remove an ingrown hair from the skin;
Getting a good epilator will help prevent ingrown hairs for sure. We highly recommend the Braun Silk-epil 7 or even the latest model, the Braun Silk-epil 9.
However these are quite expensive epilators and might not fit your budget. You can take a look at the top 3 epilator in our epilator reviews section.
This is how you can prevent ingrown hairs when epilating;
- Exfoliate before epilating.
- Wet the skin with warm water to open up your pours.
This is why it is in most cases essential that you get a wet and dry epilator. The Braun Silk-epil 7 is a wet and dry epilator, it has a pivoting head to ensure perfect hair removal and is cordless too. The Braun 7 is also the best epilator for face because it comes with special attachments to make it perfect for use on sensitive areas.
You now know how to prevent ingrown hairs and how to remove them should you get one. You have even discovered the best epilator to use to help prevent them from forming.
It has been noted that an epilator with lots of tweezers will prevent ingrown hairs from forming. The Emjoi AP-18 has a whopping 72 tweezers, it has the most tweezers out of any other epilator on the market today. If you think this might be the epilator for you then take a look at our Emjoi epilator reviews section.
The Braun epilators are the most expensive on the market, the Emjoi brand are in the mid price range. But what if you are running on a very small budget?
The cheapest epilator to buy that is any good is made by Remington. Take a look through our Remington epilator reviews if you are in the lower price range bracket.
The best epilator for one person will most definitely not be the best for another. If you simply want the best epilator that is available then go for the Braun 7.
It is very important to know about preventing ingrown hairs because they can lead to infection. So be sure to exfoliate before you epilate and keep your skin well and truly hydrated.