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How To Get Rid Of Ingrown Hairs | Tips To Remove And Prevent Them!

Hate ingrown hairs? Those annoying little bumps of trapped hair under your skin? Sometimes, they even become infected and turn into painful pus-filled blisters- no thank you! 

What are ingrown hairs?

It's a condition where a hair curls back or grows sideways into the skin. The condition is most prevalent among people who have coarse or curly hair. It may or may not be accompanied by an infection of the hair follicle (folliculitis) or "razor bumps", which vary in size. While ingrown hair most commonly appears in areas where the skin is shaved or waxed, it can appear anywhere. Anything that causes the hair to be broken off unevenly with a sharp tip can cause ingrown hairs.


What causes ingrown hairs?

Ingrown hairs often occur when a hair follicle is clogged with dead skin cells, trapping hairs under the skin. This is because we shed around 600,000 skin particles every hour- and if we don't remove these excess particles, they trap hairs under the epidermis (top layer of your skin), causing ingrown hairs! Other causes include frequent hair removal, and tight clothing. 

How can I get rid of ingrown hairs?

A great way to remove ingrown hairs is to regularly exfoliate. Exfoliating removes the excess dead skin cells that would otherwise clog pores, and free any trapped hairs!
The CheekyGlo Exfoliating Body Glove, thanks to its unique fabric, is a great mechanical way to exfoliate your skin! Use it to scrub off dead skin and impurities, to remove those pesky ingrowns, for smooth soft skin! Regular exfoliation (once a week) can also help prevent future ingrown hairs, as it allows razors to get closer to the skin! It also prevents ingrown hairs from forming, and is an amazing way to achieve smooth, clear skin. 
You can also remove an ingrown hair that has looped or curled back into your skin by gently pulling it out with a sterile needle, pin or tweezers. Apply rubbing alcohol to your surrounding skin to prevent an infection. Then, carefully thread the sterile needle, pin or tweezers through the exposed hair loop. Gently lift the hair loop until one end releases from your skin.

''And after exfoliating? What should I do?''  You may ask! Nourish your skin with our delicious Juicy Peach Body Oil! This ultra-hydrating body oil leaves skin smooth and glowing in seconds! And it's perfect to moisturize and soften those stubborn ingrown hairs.


How are ingrown hairs treated?

There are other several ways to treat ingrown hairs at home, including:

  • Stop shaving and allow the hair to grow.
  • Use an electric shaver.
  • Use depilatory products to remove hair without shaving. (Depilatory products dissolve the protein structures of your hair)
  • Apply warm compresses to your affected skin for 10 to 15 minutes to open your pores and make it easier for ingrown hairs to release.

To prevent scarring or infection, don’t pick at, scratch or pop your ingrown hairs.


How can I prevent ingrown hair?

Remember, better be safe than sorry so here are some of the best ways to prevent ingrown hairs:

Before shaving any area of your body, thoroughly wet your skin and hair with warm water

Warm water makes your facial hair stand up, making it easier to shave, helps the tips of the hairs from being sharp and relaxes and loosens the skin.

Apply a shaving gel or cream to your skin

Apply a shave gel or foam lather it up and spread it all over to help hydrate hairs, improve razor glide, and help protect against irritation.


Use a single-blade razor

From shaving your legs to your bikini area, a single-blade razor outperforms a multi-blade razor every single time. It helps reduce those annoying razor bumps and ingrown hairs. How? Because unlike multi-blade razors, single-blade razors use a single double-edge blade that doesn't tug and pull.


Shave in the direction your hair grows naturally

The right shaving technique to avoid razor bumps involves one absolutely inviolate rule, and that is, never shave against the grain. It means never shave in the opposite direction of your hair growth. Instead, you must always shave in the direction of your hair growth. When you shave against the grain the razor blade tugs the hair before it cuts it and what happens is that you increase the risk of getting ingrown hairs, as well as uncomfortable red razor bumps.

Rinse the razor blade after every stroke

While you shave, rinse your razor blade after each stroke. This helps keep your blades sharp and protects your skin from razor burn, bumps and irritation.

Change the razor blade (or replace a disposable razor) frequently

To prevent skin irritation and cuts change your razor blade frequently, if it pulls at your hair, feels rough on your skin or you notice more skin irritation than normal post-shave, it's time to replace it.

What will happen if an ingrown hair goes untreated?

In most cases, ingrown hairs usually heal themselves within one to two weeks with only minor irritation, as they eventually release from your skin as they grow longer. Infections can develop around the ingrown hair, causing pus formation, discoloration and pain, though. If you see signs of infection, you should visit your healthcare provider.

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