We don’t need to tell you how annoying and well, stupid ingrown hairs are. If you’ve ever had one, you’ll understand what we are talking about and just how painful, itchy and irritating this problem is.

Ingrown hairs are pesky little things that happen when a hair curls back and grows into the skin, which can lead to raising a red, itchy bump that looks like a pimple. They often look like whiteheads and are super uncomfortable, and in some instances, they can also become infected and turn into deadly painful sores. Obviously, no one wants that. Even if you are unable to feel your ingrown hairs after unwanted hair removal, they’re just frustrating to look at, especially when you are all nice & clean and want to show off your silky, smooth, newly shaven skin!

Here’s what you can do to get rid of them:

Don’t pop them:

The worst thing you can do to ingrown hair is trying to open the bump up or use tweezers to remove the embedded annoying hair. This can also lead to infection, as a lot of times, if you try to do a self-extraction or pick an ingrown hair, the scarring gets worse.

Exfoliate often:

Experts say that ingrown hair can occur when the hair follicle gets clogged with the dead skin cells. This clogging can deliberately force a hair to grow sideways, but regular exfoliation (read once a week) will help prevent that dead skin cells from buildup on the surface of your skin.

Take a break from shaving:

The biggest misconception to ingrown hair is to keep shaving because that’s what leads to more ingrown hairs in the first place. Get your hands off all types of ingrown hair treatments and razors until the ingrown heals.

Consider waxing or sugaring:

Shaving is the deadliest culprit known for triggering ingrown hairs; this happens because the hair grows back sharper and easily poke back into the skin. A solution to this problem is to ditch shaving and go for waxing, sugaring, sensitive hair removal creams, instead.

Don’t forget shaving cream:

If you can’t quit using razors it’s important to get good shaving cream. It will enrich your skin with an extra slip ensuring blades don’t drag and help you avoid sensitive and irritating spots. Choose a sensitive formula that is alcohol-free to prevent drying out your skin.

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