And what you can do to prevent them in the first place.
Alright, lady sasquatch. Winter is over and it’s time to get back to shaving, waxing and plucking our way out of hair removal hibernation. You too, gentlemen. It will soon be much too hot for even the most well-coiffed beard. But smooth, hairless skin often comes at a price – ingrown hair. And though watching Dr. Pimple Popper remove ingrown hair is oddly satisfying, experiencing it yourself is decidedly unpleasant. So we’re here to teach you how to get rid of ingrown hair as easily (and painlessly) as possible!
As hair grows, sometimes it takes an unexpected detour and begins growing into the skin, rather than out of it. This is an ingrown hair. They can crop up anywhere you choose to shave, and though harmless, these little renegade hairs usually result in acne-like bumps that are unsightly at best and painful at worst.
First things first, exfoliate the area to remove the top layer of skin that may be trapping the hair. You can also use a toner with salicylic acid to soothe and treat the affected area. Still stuck? Wet a clean washcloth with warm water and hold it against the area for 2 minutes to soften the hair. Then, rub the washcloth in a circular motion to bring it to the surface.
As a last resort, you can use sterilized tweezers or a needle to gently work out the embedded end of the hair. But don’t force it! You might end up making things worse digging around in there, so contact your dermatologist if the little sucker just won’t budge.
In this case, prevention is the best treatment. And it’s easy! Here are our tips to avoid ingrown hair:
Katie Steadman is a native Texan roaming Asia with a penchant for writing, and solving sudoku puzzles at breakneck speed.