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Everything will go smoothly: how to get rid of ingrown hairs after epilation
Everything will go smoothly: how to get rid of ingrown hairs after epilation

Summer is the time of short skirts and open bikinis, and you are in jeans and a swimsuit a la the 30s of the last century … And this is not at all about modesty. Just a few days ago you did epilation - and now your shins and delicate skin “there” are covered with small red pimples. The problem of ingrown hairs is familiar to many girls, but not everyone takes it seriously. But it should be!


Find out what the professionals advise for getting rid of ingrown hairs. Contents of the article 1. Why do they grow in 2. Where do they grow 3. What to do 4. Reasons for the appearance of ingrown hairs 5. How to get rid of ingrown hairs 5.1 Home scrubs against ingrown hairs 5.2 How to use a home scrub against ingrown hairs 5.3 Top 5 best remedies against ingrown hair 5.4 The best pharmaceutical anti-ingrowing agents 6. Hair grows in: what to do at home Hide

Maria Koldasheva

Maria Koldasheva cosmetologist, dermatovenerologist of the clinic "Premium Aesthetics"

Why do they grow

If the problem of ingrown hair has been familiar to you since your youth, then most likely you have a violation of the desquamation of the upper layers of the skin, scientifically hyperkeratosis. How to understand that it is he? Easily. If your skin is too dry and seems dull, then it is most likely hyperkeratosis. Most often, it is he who is the cause of the formation of ingrown hairs. But no less often hair grows in after waxing. If a couple of days after the procedure, the skin becomes covered with minor inflammations, say hello to your master. When waxing, everything is important: the angle of inclination, the force of the jerk. And the inaccuracy of the master changes the direction of hair growth, which leads to their ingrowth under the skin.

Incorrectly selected epilation method can cause ingrown hairs

Where do they grow

Ingrown hairs on the legs are not so bad, but when it comes to bikinis … The skin there is very delicate and sensitive, the slightest inflammation brings terrible discomfort. By the way, men also face this problem - the beard and neck are in the area of ​​special attention. The appearance in these areas of small inflammation is called pseudofolliculitis. It is usually caused by ingrown hairs.

What to do

Ingrown hair is not only an aesthetic problem. Yes, it is very ugly, and sometimes even painful. But you have to understand that hair ingrowth is an inflammation that can affect not only a small area of ​​the skin, but also a very large “territory”. Therefore, you still need to see a doctor if you often encounter this problem. There have been cases when an ingrown hair gave rise to an abscess. And its removal is the prerogative of the surgeon. What else can help you in this case?

  • Anti-inflammatory ointments and creams… But the doctor should prescribe them, do not try to self-medicate.
  • Mechanical opening of the inflammation focus… This is also done in the doctor's office as needed. It doesn’t hurt and allows the ingrown hair to break through.
  • Use of peels and permanent hydration… In case of hyperkeratosis, you need to watch your skin with redoubled attention. Body peels and regular moisturizing of the skin will help to quickly get rid of existing ingrown hairs and reduce the risk of their occurrence in the future.
  • Hair removal with laser hair removal… This method, although not cheap, is the most effective. After all, modern laser devices allow you to get rid of unwanted body hair forever. So what happens to an ingrown hair in the event of laser exposure? The laser destroys it with thermal energy, and the remaining hair is "eaten up" by the cells of the immune system. In one session you can solve the problem of ingrown hairs, in 4-5 sessions you will get rid of unwanted hair forever.

If the problem of ingrown hairs bothers your man, then laser hair removal is also suitable for him. This will not prevent him from letting go of the beard in the future, but in one procedure he will get rid of the ingrowths.

Laser hair removal is a reliable method

Ingrown hair reasons

1. Shaving

Using a razor is the most affordable method of hair removal, but alas - it provokes hair ingrowth and inflammation of the follicles. During shaving, only the top part of the hair is cut, and the remainder is displaced. Because of this, the hair begins to grow in a different direction, cannot break through the skin and curls, forming a focus of pseudofolliculitis. The same thing - but to an even greater extent - happens when using an epilator.

In addition, shaving very often provokes irritation and excessive dryness of the skin, damages its protective layer, leads to thickening of the epidermis, which in turn also causes hair ingrowth.

2. Incorrect waxing

With waxing, hair removal occurs against the growth, so the risk of hair breakage is very high. This irritates the hair follicles and, again, changes the direction of hair growth. Therefore, it is not recommended to wax on your own, but it is better to contact an experienced master who can minimize the likelihood of ingrown hairs.

Shaving and epilating can cause ingrown hairs

3. Lack of exfoliating care

Here the mechanism is very simple - keratinized particles accumulate on the surface of the skin, preventing the hairs from growing outward. Therefore, it is very important to use scrubs to keep the skin soft, supple and regularly renewed.

4. Insufficient skin hydration

It would seem that there is a connection between hair ingrowth and the degree of skin moisture. It turns out that the most straight line! The fact is that too dry skin, like armor, does not allow hairs to break through to the surface. If you neglect moisturizing, the skin becomes tough, "overgrows" with keratinized particles - and then ingrown hair cannot be avoided.

5. Too tight laundry

Very tight underwear interferes with hair growth and encourages ingrown hairs.

How to get rid of ingrown hair

If the hair has grown shallowly, and there is no inflammatory process, these tips will help you:

1. Make a peeling

As we said, ignoring scrubs will provoke ingrown hairs. The abrasive particles in the product will exfoliate dead skin cells and can "release" an ingrown hair. You can also use a hard washcloth for exfoliation. To prevent ingrown hairs, use a scrub at least once a week. You can cook it yourself using our recipes:

Homemade scrubs against hair growth

Sugar scrub

You will need 2 tbsp. l. sugar, 1 cucumber and 1 tbsp. l. oils (olive, almond). Grind a cucumber in a blender and mix with sugar and butter, mix everything thoroughly.

Salt scrub

Connect 2 tbsp. l. salt, 1 tbsp. l. grape seed oil and add 2-3 drops of your choice of essential oil for fragrance.

Coconut scrub

Buy coconut flakes and grind one tablespoon of the product in a coffee grinder (you can grind it). The particles should not be too small so that they retain their abrasive properties. Add 1 tbsp to the shavings. l. semolina and 2 tbsp. l. milk.

Homemade scrub from natural ingredients

Rice scrub

If you make such a fine-grained scrub, it can even be used in the bikini area. One tablespoon of rice flour should be mixed with 2 tsp. still water and a few drops of aloe juice.

Coffee scrub

This invigorating treatment will help prevent ingrown hairs and tone your skin. Take coffee grounds or ground coffee beans (1 tablespoon), mix with the same amount of sugar. Add 3 teaspoons of oil to the mixture (any vegetable oil will do).

Oat scrub

Mix two tablespoons of chopped oatmeal with the same amount of milk. The proportions of the components can be adjusted depending on the resulting consistency of the scrub. If it's too runny, add the oatmeal.

Citrus scrub

Sugar (2 tablespoons), half an orange, chopped on a grater - this is the basis for a fragrant citrus scrub.Add some cinnamon and a few drops of essential oil if desired.

How to use a homemade hair scrub

  1. Exfoliate with a scrub about twice a week, immediately after showering.
  2. You can store the scrub in the refrigerator for no more than three days.
  3. Do not scrub wounds and inflammations.
  4. Rub the scrub into your skin with gentle circular motions.
  5. After exfoliation, moisturize your skin with a cream.
  6. On the legs, you can enhance the scrubbing effect with a hard washcloth.
Exfoliation helps against ingrown hairs

2. Use an anti-ingrowing agent

The principle of action of such funds is also based on exfoliation. Ingrown hair lotions usually contain acids (lactic, salicylic, fruit acids), which stimulate skin renewal and soften dead skin cells.

Top 5 best remedies for ingrown hairs

Lotion against ingrown hairs Aravia Professional

Contains lemon extract and moisturizing ingredients - this combination ensures regular skin renewal. Has disinfecting properties, suitable for all skin types. The lotion contains no sulfates, alcohol, parabens and artificial fragrances.

Ingrown hair gel with AHA acids Start Epil

Means with a complex of acids - malic, citric and lactic - eliminate hyperkeratosis, which is one of the main causes of hair ingrowth. Evens out the skin structure, accelerates the regeneration process.

Let’s Epil !, Gloria Ingrown Hair Lotion

The acid complex is responsible for exfoliating the stratum corneum and preventing ingrown hairs. Use 2-3 times a week or after epilation.

Lotion against hair growth Cristaline NG

Suitable for the sensitive area of ​​the bikini and underarms, cares for the skin after depilation. The lotion contains papaya extract for a delicate exfoliation, as well as plant extracts of sage, mistletoe, hops and thuja, which soothe the skin and promote the rapid healing of sore areas.

Lotion for skin irritation and ingrown hairs Protoskn, Protokeratin

Eliminates redness and soothes the skin, prevents ingrowth. Salicylic acid perfectly exfoliates and opens pores. Castor oil and glycerin nourish and soften, chamomile and aloe moisturize the skin.

3. Remove the hair with a needle and tweezers

We remind you that this method can be used only if the skin is not inflamed. First, peel as in the first step. Then disinfect the instruments, the skin in the ingrowth area, and the hands. Using the needle, gently pick up the part of the hair that is visible through the skin and pull its tip to the surface. Pull it out with tweezers. It is important to position the tweezers as close to the skin as possible in order to remove the hair along with the root. Treat the skin with an antiseptic again.

Ingrown hair

4. Shave correctly

First, steam your skin with a warm shower, apply shaving foam or gel and shave according to hair growth. This will prevent hair breakage and ingrown hairs. Make sure the razor is sharp. Shaving with a dull blade is more likely to provoke ingrown hairs and will certainly cause irritation. At the end of the procedure, moisturize your skin with a cream or lotion, preferably one that is specifically designed for use after epilation.

5. Use a suitable epilation method

If your skin does not respond well to shaving, you can try sugaring. One of the advantages of this method is that the hairs are removed in the direction of growth, due to which they hardly break off (provided that the procedure was carried out by a qualified specialist). Costly, but more effective ways to get rid of unwanted hair - photo or laser hair removal. They help not only to stop the growth of hairs, but also to eliminate pigmentation remaining in the ingrown areas. Be sure to study the contraindications before resorting to these procedures.

The best pharmacy anti-ingrowth remedies

Ingrown hair can be found at your nearest pharmacy.

  • Vishnevsky ointment… Works well on inflamed areas, has an antiseptic effect, "draws out" pus, and with it an ingrown hair. Vishnevsky's ointment is used in the form of compresses - apply it on a piece of cotton wool, attach it to the problem area, cover it with a plaster and leave it overnight.
  • Ichthyol ointment… It has excellent bactericidal properties due to synthomycin in the composition. Relieves inflammation, prevents the development of infection.
  • Aspirin… The usual acetylsalicylic acid in tablets will help to cope with hair ingrowth. Dissolve two tablets in 100 ml of water and treat the affected areas with the resulting liquid 2 times a day.
  • Salicylic acid… Almost any pharmacy sells salicylic acid - an excellent anti-inflammation agent that also exfoliates dead skin particles. Salicylic acid can be used before epilation or used to wipe problem areas with it during the day.
  • Levomekol… The ointment contains an antibiotic, stimulates healing, stops the inflammatory process and draws out the contents from the abscesses. Make a lotion with it, put it on the inflamed area and hold it for two hours.
Aspirin can be used against ingrown hairs

Hair grows in: what to do at home

In addition to pharmacies, there are also excellent folk remedies that will help get rid of ingrown hairs.

  • Aloe compress… Grind a leaf of the plant and apply the resulting gruel to the problem area. Leave it on for 30-40 minutes.
  • Peroxide with bodyagi… Mix bodyagi powder and hydrogen peroxide in equal proportions and apply on the affected area for 15 minutes, then rinse and lubricate the skin with moisturizer.
  • Tea tree oil… It is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Use as compresses and lotions.
  • Regular tea bags… The case when the cheaper the better. Cheap teas contain more tannins, which reduce inflammation. Apply a freshly used tea bag to the problem area for 5 minutes and repeat this manipulation several times a day.

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