Ingrown Hair Prevention
You’ve probably encountered an ingrown hair a time or two in your life. They are the worst, not only are they painful, but the appearance of them isn’t desirable. Pseudofolliculitis also called an ingrown hair, is a hair that grows from underneath into the surrounding tissue instead of through the follicle out to the surface of the skin. This results in that pesky bump or irritation (razor bumps). This can also occur when hair that is curly coils and begins growing back down into the skin.
Predisposition: Some people are just more prone to ingrown hairs than others. It’s depending upon the coarseness of your hair and the condition of your skin. If you have thick, curly hair or lots of dry, dead skin, you may be more prone to irritation.
Improper Hair Removal: Shaving can cause ingrown hairs for some. Also, improper waxing can cause them.
Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! Dry, dead skin is just begging for the hair to grow underneath. You want to make sure to exfoliate with a loofah or body brush, at least 2-3x a week. This will keep your skin super smooth and help prevent ingrown hairs. You can also use your favorite body scrub, but nothing scented in your intimate areas.
Waxing on a regular basis, every 4-6 weeks, to establish finer, softer hair regrowth.
Glycolic acid lotions or serums can help treat ingrown hairs once you already have them and help prevent new ones from coming in. Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid that breaks the bonds that connects skin cells together allowing for cell turnover and exfoliation.