Whether you wax, shave, epilate or pluck - we're guessing at one time or another you'll have suffered from an ingrown hair. They're a pain, they hurt, they look gross and they're just SO GAHD DAMN ANNOYING.
An ingrown hair is caused when a hair can't push through the follicle and grows sideways into the skin instead. It causes a raised bump which may become red or infected and can be itchy or painful. It might also get infected and look like a whitehead.
While you may be genetically more prone to suffering from ingrown hairs (usually curly or coarse hair often is the most likely to result in ingrown bumps) there are solutions and ways to treat them.
Whatever you do- don't go squeezing or stabbing it with a pair of tweezers unless you're ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN it is right near the surface and you can just scoop it out. You will end up in a bloody mess - literally.
As always, prevention is key. Ingrown hairs are often caused by hair removal being done *wrong* in some way. Whether that's shaving in the wrong direction or pulling off a wax strip wonky. But ingrown hairs can also be caused by wearing tight clothing or underwear that rubs against your skin (cya skinny jeans) or a build up of dead skin cells on the surface of your skin - so it's important to always exfoliate pre and post hair removal.
There are also topical treatments that you can buy to help treat ingrown hairs. Sass Intimate Perfect Skin Concentrate, £12.00 contains Salicyclic Acid which gently exfoliates the top layer of skin and Fruit Enzymes that help prevent ingrown hairs over time. There's also soothing Aloe Vera and Kelisoft that helps to minimise hair regrowth. Bonus.
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