Ever since I was a teenager, I have suffered from the occasional ingrown hair. To me, it was extremely embarrassing and I wasn't sure how to handle it or who to talk to about it. At that age, I went about taking care of facial hair by shaving it and it wasn't until college that I began the process of plucking the hairs. Today I am so thankful for two of my favorite estheticians who have taught me how to manage ingrown hairs and I want to share some of the tips they have taught me.
Before I share a few of my tips for conquering ingrown hairs, let's address what ingrown hairs are. According to Wikipedia, "ingrown hair is a condition where hair curls back or grows sideways into the skin. The condition is most prevalent among people who have coarse or curly hair. It may or may not be accompanied by an infection of the hair follicle (folliculitis) or "razor bumps" (pseudofolliculitis barbae), which vary in size."
Tips for Conquering Ingrown Hairs
1. Exfoliate with a scrub that includes salicylic acid.
Before going to Tia at The Brow Bar, I never knew to use a scrub with salicylic acid. When I see salicyclic acid in products, I would typically think they are to be used for acne. In a way, ingrown hairs are similar to acne. Many times a pimple forms around the hair and can become infected. Using a gentle scrub with salicyclic acid, like Benefit Refined Finish Facial Polish, allows your pores to open and makes the hair easier to remove.
2. Pluck the hair.
As I said earlier, I used to shave my facial hair and for women, that's a big no no. The preferred method to removing ingrown hairs is to pluck them. If you use a scrub with warm water before plucking, it will typically free the hair from the skin and make it easier to pluck. Also, be sure to not pluck when the hair is short. As annoying as it may be, I try to let the hairs grow a few days before plucking. That way it is easier to grab with tweezers and pluck.
3. Try using a daily acne controlling moisturizer.
If you experience ingrown hairs on your face, it helps to focus on treating the potential ingrown hairs like acne. You realize that it's important to take preventative measures to prevent acne. I use an acne controlling moisturizer daily that helps fight pimples and in turn fights ingrown hairs from forming under the skin.
What do you think of these tips? Do you have any tips for conquering unwanted hair or ingrown hairs?
God bless & stay fabellis,