[toc]Ingrown hair though unsightly is quite common. Most people think that it is more common in men than women. But many women suffer from this condition too. When a hair curls back and grows inside the skin, then it is known as an ingrown hair. Although ingrown hair is generally harmless, it can block the hair follicle causing an infection.
One of the leading causes of ingrown hair is shaving. Since shaving causes the hair to be cut off unevenly with a sharp tip, it can and does lead to hair ingrowth. Other methods of hair removal such as epilating and waxing can lead to this condition. However, there are a number of ways by which you can prevent this condition.
Various Ways To Prevent Ingrown Hair
Use Proper Shaving Technique
Most often hair ingrowth occurs when you use the wrong shaving technique. Shave with a sharp blade and avoid using dull and old blades. A sharp blade is able to remove unwanted hair in a single pass.
Always shave in the direction of hair growth and avoid going over the same section more than once. Use gentle pressure while shaving and strictly avoid tugging or pulling your skin.
Avoid Tight Clothes
After shaving or waxing, it is advisable to wear loose items of clothing. Tight clothes chaff against sensitive skin which might lead to hair ingrowth.
Use A Lubricant
If you are shaving to remove unwanted hair make sure that you use lubricant such as a shaving cream or gel. Shaving on wet and unlubricated skin might not only cause ingrown hair but it can also lead to razor burns and nicks and cuts. There are many aftershaves that contain alcohol. Avoid using such products as alcohol dries out the skin, making the skin more prone to ingrowths.
Before shaving or waxing it is advisable to exfoliate your skin. Exfoliating the skin removes dead skin cells as well as oils and dirt. Regular exfoliation also helps hair to grow straight. This aids during shaving and waxing.
Combine one part witch hazel to two parts of fresh tomato juice. Soak a cotton ball in this mixture and dab it over your skin after shaving or waxing. You can also keep this mixture in the refrigerator before applying on your skin.
Witch hazel has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that prevent skin inflammation and hair ingrowth.
Over The Counter Products
Certain over-the-counter products are especially meant for treating and preventing ingrown hair. Look for products that contain salicylic acid. Salicylic acid removes dead skin cells and excess oil and also moisturizes the skin.
The key to having smooth and ingrowth free hair is to keep your skin hydrated and well moisturized. Dry skin that is prone to flaking is more susceptible to hair ingrowth. So apply a rich and creamy moisturizer to your skin twice a day. Moisturizers that contain shea butter and cocoa butter are the best.
These were some methods by which you can prevent ingrown hair. If waxing or shaving is aggravating the condition, then you can consider laser for permanent hair removal.