Ingrown hairs are super irritating and can make us feel self conscience. They happen when the hair doesn’t break through the skin as it’s growing back or it grows back into the skin causing an irritating red bump. This can feel itchy or even painful.
To prevent ingrown hairs there are a few things you should and shouldn't do.
Be consistent with your waxing. Keeping up on your waxing at the recommended times keeps your skin exfoliated and your hair growth on the same cycle, making it less likely that you will get ingrown hairs.
Exfoliate. Exfoliate. Exfoliate! Exfoliating is super important in preventing ingrown hairs as it helps the hair to grow out without turning back into the skin. Exfoliate with Tuel Green Clean Body Wash and exfoliating gloves daily from the neck down for the best results. This duo combines chemical exfoliation (body wash) and physical exfoliation (gloves) to gently buff away dead skin cells that can accumulate over the growing hair and clog your pores. Tuel Green Clean Body Wash is a low foam wash that won’t strip your skin of its natural oils and contains glycolic acid, a gentle exfoliant that has many benefits such as brightening and evening skin tone and texture. Our exfoliating gloves hold up over regular use and can be washed along with your towels.
Treat with a targeted serums. Depending on your skin concerns we have different serum options.
Post Wax Essential Oil is great for calming, moisturizing, and healing the skin as well as naturally preventing ingrown hairs with the use of lavender, mandarin, and peppermint essential oil. Apply this daily on underarms and Brazilians after waxing. Fellas, this oil can also be used on your beard or stubble to moisturize and prevent ingrown hairs there, plus it smells amazing.
Berodin Control Gel, made with colloidal sulfur and lemon extract, is great for oily, acne, or breakout prone skin. Use this as a targeting treatment for infected (pustule like) ingrown hairs. It can be used to treat and prevent breakouts on the face or body, so if your suffering with “maskne” (breakouts from you face mask) this is the perfect solution.
Soothing Cream instantly reduces redness, irritation, and inflammation. Calming inflamed hair follicles will help the hair to grow out with ease. This cream is made with organic aloe, willow bark, and white and green tea extract. It can also be used on the face or body, helping to calm most irritations from rosacea to insect bites.
Hydrate and Moisturize. Just like you care for your face, show all the skin on your body some love. Dry and dehydrated skin can be uncomfortable and itchy. For hair to grow back smoothly with no itching keep your skin hydrated and moisturized using Tuel Hydrating Body Serum and Botanical Blast Body Lotion. This hydrating serum is just like the hydrating serums you use for your face but formulated to use on your body. It contains sodium hyaluronate which helps bind water to your skin. Apply this immediately after you shower for the best results and follow up with the Botanical Blast Body Lotion to lock in hydration and moisture all day.
Do not try to remove ingrown hairs at home. Trying to remove ingrown hairs at home can cause inflammation, infection, and scaring. Instead continue with your skincare routine as described above. The ingrown hair will eventually work its way out. When you come in for your next wax appointment if the ingrown hair is at the surface of the skin and I can easily release it with out damaging your skin then I will. When I release an ingrown hair post wax it is virtually painless and I used hospital grade sanitation on all my tools making sure bacteria will not be introduced to the hair follicle. If an ingrown hair is too deep in the skin or has caused a knot under your skin or boil like blemish you should see your PCP or dermatologist for removal.
I hope this tips were helpful.
Nicki, Owner/Operator of Cypress Wax Spa