Make ingrown hairs a thing of the past with our useful guide.
Ingrown hairs are a common and irritating problem for men and women. Often flaring up after the use of hair removal methods like shaving or waxing, they can be frustrating, stubborn and even painful. Ingrown hairs left untreated can lead to nasty red bumps and infections like folliculitis, so it’s important to keep them under control. Struggling with ingrown hairs? We have everything you need to know about ingrown hairs and how to avoid them, below.
An ingrown hair usually appears as a small red bump on the skin, often on the face, under the arms, around the pubic area or on the arms and legs. They most commonly appear on areas of the body where the hair is coarse, curly or both. Ingrown hairs are sometimes itchy, painful and can become swollen. They can also become filled with fluid and may discolour the skin around the hair follicle.
Ingrown hairs are caused when the hair shaft, rather than growing up and out of the skin curls back on itself and into the skin causing inflammation. This is most often caused when the hair is cut or plucked from the skin during hair removal and regrows abnormally.
One of the best ways to avoid ingrown hairs is to properly prep the skin before hair removal. Exfoliating products and physical exfoliation methods can help to prevent ingrown hairs before they become a problem. Remember, that the exfoliating method you choose should be tailored to your skin type, the area of your body and any skin sensitivity. For example, you should choose a gentler approach on your face than you would on your legs. You may need to experiment with different exfoliation methods to find the right fit for your skin.
BEST HAIR REMOVAL METHODS
Any hair removal method can lead to ingrown hairs, but some are more effective than others when it comes to avoiding those nasty lumps and bumps. Shaving with a manual razor is the riskiest choice when it comes to hair removal and the most likely to lead to irritation and ingrown hairs. Minimise this risk by using a shaving gel, a clean, sharp, razor and shaving against the direction of hair growth. For men, the best hair removal choice is a high-quality electric razor that protects the skin and cuts hair cleanly. We recommend the Panasonic Rechargeable Shaver ES-LV95 with intelligent shaving sensor and 5 sharp foil blades that are sensitive to skin while providing a close, smooth shave.
When it comes to women’s hair removal, waxing, epilating, threading and plucking all remove hair from the root, encouraging hair to grow back more slowly. These techniques are less likely to result in ingrown hairs that manual shaving. We love the Panasonic Wet & Dry Epilator ES-ED53 which protects sensitive skin while safely and easily removing unwanted hair. But these methods, particularly waxing, can still lead to ingrown hairs, often around the pubic and underarm areas. One way to reduce hair growth for good and wave goodbye to ingrown hairs is to choose laser hair removal. This method uses pulses of concentrated light to reduce and prevents hair growth, meaning you don’t have to rely on traditional hair removal. Try the Panasonic IPL Hair Removal System ES-WH80 for simple, fuss-free hair removal at home.
TIPS FOR DEALING WITH INGROWN HAIRS
Most of us will suffer from ingrown hairs at one time or another, so it’s useful to know how to treat this irritating skin problem. Try these simple tips for banishing your ingrown hairs for good:
If the problem hair is protruding from the skin, removal with sterilised tweezers can be the quickest and easiest way to get rid of it. Try covering the area with a warm cloth for a few minutes before plucking to make this process easier and less painful.
TAKE A BREAK FROM HAIR REMOVAL
If you find yourself suffering from repeated ingrown hairs then you may need to give that patch of skin a break from hair removal. Take a few weeks off, gently exfoliating and moisturising the problem area every few days. When you do return to hair removal take it slow and consider choosing a different method that is better suited to your skin.
USE RETINOID CREAM
If ingrown hairs have caused dark patches on your skin a retinoid-based cream could help to repair the damaged skin cells. You will need a prescription for retinoid cream so speak to your doctor or dermatologist.
PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE
If the area around the ingrown hair becomes red, sore or inflamed, the hair follicle may be infected. If you think that you are suffering from an infection, then the best thing to do is seek medical advice. You may require an antibiotic cream or oral medication to get rid of it.
Ingrown hairs are a common skin problem that can be avoided or treated by giving your skin a little love and attention. Use the best quality hair removal tools and products you can afford and pay attention to how your skin reacts to different hair removal methods. Explore our online store to find a hair removal product that’s your perfect match today.