Ingrown hairs down there are the worst! They cause discomfort, pain, and itchiness. So today, we are discussing how to prevent these annoyances from occurring when shaving your bikini line.
What Are Ingrown Hairs?
Ingrown hairs develop when the tip of a hair follicle folds back into its root instead of growing normally. They can cause painful red bumps and, if not treated properly, can lead to infection. Ingrown hairs are especially common after shaving, waxing, or tweezing hairs around the bikini line, but there are ways to avoid them. Here are some tips for preventing ingrown hairs.
Use Warm Water and Shaving Cream/Gel
Warm water and shaving cream help to open the pores in your bikini area and make the skin more elastic, reducing irritation.
Shave in the Direction of Your Hair Growth
Shaving in the direction that your hair grows helps to avoid razor bumps and burns that can irritate your skin and cause ingrowns.
This is to avoid cuts and nicks on your skin. Shaved hair can be prickly, and when it meets these skin openings, it can cause irritation.
Rinse Your Razor Regularly
It is important to rinse your razor regularly as you shave because the tiny hairs can get under your skin and irritate it.
After Shaving, Use a Cold Cloth
Warm water opens your pores for a smoother shaving session. Likewise, after shaving, you should close them again to avoid tiny bits of dust or hairs entering them. You can apply ice or a cold washcloth to the shaved area to cool down the skin.
Use an Exfoliating Scrub and Get Rid of Trapped Hairs
When shaving, tiny bits of hair can get trapped under the skin. Using an exfoliating scrub before shaving can help release them and prevent irritation. Be sure to exfoliate each day after shaving to prevent the skin from getting too thick and not letting the new hair grow out – which can create even more bumps!
Try Out a Different Hair Removal Method
If you want to help avoid ingrown hairs altogether, you can consider laser treatment. It doesn’t permanently destroy the hair follicles, but it does keep them from growing for a while.
Do you have any tips for avoiding ingrown hairs? Let us know in the comments below.