Ingrown hairs are painful. An ingrown hair occurs when a piece of hair becomes trapped under the skin. It then becomes painful and an infection can develop. Ingrown hairs are common for those who shave or where clothing that is tight and rubs over areas with hair growth. People who have thick, coarse, curly hair are generally more prone to ingrown hairs. Many times ingrown hairs will resolve themselves and eventually grow back out of the skin without doing anything. Sometimes, ingrown hairs, especially those that become infected need to be treated by a doctor. There are some steps you can take to prevent ingrown hairs from developing in the first place.

Things You Will Need

Electric razor, warm moist heat, moisturizer

Step 1

Switch to an electric razor rather than a razor with a blade. A razor with a blade pulls the hairs up and the second blade will cut the hair very close to the skin if not slightly under the skin. This will cause the hair to stay under the skin and cause it to be ingrown. If the hair is cut very close to the skin the hair can also bend back over and grow into the skin. Shaving with an electric razor can allow you to shave a little less closely.

Step 2

Shave in the same direction that your hair grows in. Do not go in the opposite direction because it will cut the hair too close to the skin.

Step 3

Shave immediately after showering or shave while you are taking a shower. If you prefer to shave before showering place a warm wet towel over your face, legs, underarms or bikini area for 10 to15 minutes before shaving.

Step 4

Do not wear very tight fitting clothes especially if ingrown hairs are a problem in your bikini area.

Step 5

Do not have legs, underarms or bikini areas waxed if you are prone to ingrown hairs. A depilatory would be a better choice.

Step 6

Moisturize frequently to keep hairs softer and less likely to grow back into your skin.

Ingrown hairs can be painful. The best thing you can do is to prevent them from occurring in the first place.

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