Ingrown hairs, while generally common, can be painful and even make you feel self-conscious, leaving behind red spots and scarring.
An ingrown hair can be caused by one of two things: shaving or waxing has forced the hair back into its follicle, or dead skin has clogged the follicle, causing the hair to grow back underneath the skin.
Fortunately, you can do a few things to prevent ingrown hairs and improve the appearance of your skin. However, if you find that you are experiencing ingrown hair often, you may need to schedule an ingrown hair removal appointment with Romeo & Juliette Laser Hair Removal and consider switching to laser hair removal in NYC.
Use Warm Water and Shaving Gel or Cream
It’s recommended to use warm water to soften the hair follicles and make it easier to remove the hair without irritating the skin. Furthermore, you should use a shaving gel or cream to prevent irritation and unnecessary friction on the skin. This can help the razor glide and prevent nicks, cuts, and ingrown hairs.
Exfoliation is the key to preventing razor burns and ingrown hairs. Using an exfoliator can remove dead skin cells that may be blocking the hair from reaching the surface. You may use a body scrub or a chemical exfoliant such as salicylic or glycolic acid. However, you will not want to use a chemical exfoliant on more sensitive regions like the armpits and bikini line.
Shave in the Direction of the Hair Growth
Many people may opt to shave against hair growth in pursuit of a closer shave. But this can lead to ingrown hairs because you are cutting the hair at a sharper angle. The hair’s sharp edges are more likely to grow back under the skin.
Other tips for preventing ingrown hairs include:
- Using a sharp razor and rinsing it in between passes over the skin.
- Apply a cool cloth to the region after shaving to soothe the skin.
- Moisturize the area to prevent dead or dry skin from blocking the pores.
Contact Romeo & Juliette Laser Hair Removal
If you have an ingrown hair, schedule a visit for an ingrown hair removal service in New York, NY. For those experiencing ingrown hairs despite these tips, consider laser hair removal instead. This hair removal method can remove the hair long term, preventing regrowth and ingrown hairs.
Contact Romeo & Juliette Laser Hair Removal at (212) 750-2000 to schedule a consultation today.