Dealing with pesky ingrown hairs can be frustrating and uncomfortable. Especially during the summer months, when you want to soak up the sun without red, itchy bumps raining on your parade. Ingrowns happen when hair curls back or grows sideways into the skin instead of emerging from the surface. Curly, coarse hair (like pubic hair) and areas that are regularly shaved or waxed are at high risk for becoming ingrown. Fortunately, there are effective ways to tackle ingrown hairs and achieve smooth, bump-free skin. Here are three proven methods to get rid of ingrown hair and keep it from ever coming back. Say goodbye to the discomfort and hello to silky-smooth skin.
1. Exfoliate: Buff Away Dead Skin Cells
Since ingrown hairs are caused by hair trapped under the skin’s surface, the obvious solution is to set them free with exfoliation. Making exfoliation a regular part of your routine is key to preventing and treating ingrown hairs. By removing dead skin cells that can block hair follicles, you create a clear path for hair to grow out, rather than back in on itself. But before you pull out your favorite body scrub and go to town on your skin, consider a gentler alternative: chemical exfoliation. Certain acids, like the ones in Buff & Brighten, exfoliate by sloughing off dead skin cells and unclogging pores, reducing the chances of ingrown hairs. This form of exfoliation is not only gentler, but can also be more effective. When choosing the best exfoliating ingrown hair pad for you, look for a formula that’s safe for everywhere you might want to use it. Buff & Brighten is clinically proven non-irritating on intimate skin, so you can feel safe using it even on the most sensitive areas that may be prone to ingrown hair.
2. Spot Treat: Banish Ingrown Hairs with Precision
When ingrown hairs do pop up, it's essential to treat them effectively. First things first, do not pick at them. This may make the problem worse and can lead to other irritating side effects like post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (aka dark spots). Instead, use a spot treatment like SweetSpot Labs' Bikini & Body Bump Eraser. This safe, effective spot treatment features a unique Triple Purifying + Calming Complex to rapidly treat bumps and is clinically proven to be non-irritating on even the most intimate skin.
Apply a small amount of the spot treatment directly to the affected area, allow it to dry completely, then wipe clean.
3. Proper Hair Removal Techniques: Shave or Wax with Care
Whether you prefer to shave or wax, it's important to take precautions to minimize the risk of ingrown hairs. When shaving, make sure to use a sharp razor and shave in the direction of hair growth to avoid irritation. SweetSpot Labs' Washes can double as a moisturizing shaving cream - providing a protective barrier and moisturizing the skin, allowing for the closest, smoothest shave possible. If waxing is your preferred method, be sure to prep skin with Buff & Brighten the day before, and follow proper aftercare to achieve the best results.
However you choose to get rid of ingrown hair, it’s important to be gentle on your skin. Harsh abrasives and chemicals can make the problem worse, and may lead to other skin conditions like dark spots and contact dermatitis. Look for products that are tested and recommended by unbiased gynecologists and dermatologists, free from common irritants and free from comedogenics that can clog pores. And remember, consistency is key when it comes to managing ingrown hairs! Stick to your skincare routine, be patient, and give your favorite products time to work their magic. With the right approach, you'll be able to enjoy smooth, bump-free skin.