Exfoliating Before and After Hair Removal
Exfoliating is an important step to take when it comes to preventing ingrown hairs. It helps remove dead skin cells that can clog the pores and make it difficult for hair to break through the surface of your skin.
Before you begin any type of hair removal, exfoliate with a gentle scrub or loofah in order to lift the hairs and make them easier to remove. After hair removal, exfoliating again will help keep your pores clear and unclogged so that new hairs have room to grow without becoming trapped under your skin’s surface.
However, be sure not to over-exfoliate as this can lead to irritation and potentially worsen existing ingrown hairs or create new ones.
Using a Razor with a single blade
Single blade razors are considered to be more gentle on the skin than multiple blade razors because they don’t tug at the hair as much. This can help prevent ingrown hairs, which occur when a strand of hair grows back into the skin instead of outwards.
When using a single blade razor, it is important to use a light touch and shave in the direction of hair growth as this will reduce irritation and further decrease your chances of developing an ingrown hair.
Avoiding tight clothing after hair removal
Tight clothing should be avoided after hair removal as it can prevent the skin from healing properly.
Loose-fitting clothing is best after a hair removal session – not only is it more comfortable but it will also allow air to circulate around your newly shaved areas, promoting faster healing times. Try wearing lightweight breathable fabrics such as cotton or linen in order to prevent irritation and keep the area clean by washing regularly with a mild soap.
Additionally, avoid tight belts or waistbands that may restrict blood flow or cause friction on sensitive areas; this could further aggravate any existing irritation caused by shaving.
Applying a toner or astringent after hair removal
It is important to choose the right product for your skin type, as using an overly drying or harsh formula could cause irritation.
Look for products that are free of fragrances and alcohols, as these ingredients may irritate sensitive skin and further increase the risk of developing ingrown hairs. Apply the toner or astringent with a cotton ball in gentle circular motions over the area that was recently shaved, waxed, tweezed etc., avoiding any broken skin from nicks/cuts from shaving. Allow it to air dry before applying moisturizer on top for extra hydration.
Using a moisturizer after hair removal
Moisturizers that are heavily fragranced or contain alcohol should be avoided since these can be irritating and may even worsen the risk of developing ingrown hairs.
Additionally, you may want to look for moisturizers that include ingredients like shea butter, cocoa butter, jojoba oil and aloe vera gel as these natural ingredients have been known to provide effective hydration while also helping reduce inflammation.
Avoiding picking or scratching at ingrown hairs
If you are dealing with ingrown hairs, it is important to avoid picking or scratching at them. Doing so can cause the hair follicle to become infected and lead to scarring.
To help alleviate your symptoms, try using a warm compress on the area for several minutes or applying a gentle exfoliator that will help lift the hair out of the skin without causing further irritation.
Consulting a professional
Consulting a professional can be helpful when dealing with frequent or severe ingrown hairs.
For example, a dermatologist can review your skin type and recommend products that might prevent future ingrown hairs from forming. An esthetician may suggest certain types of hair removal procedures, such as waxing or laser treatments, which are less likely to cause inflammation in the follicle that leads to clogging and subsequent growth of an ingrown hair.