Here’s how to prevent ingrown hairs and how to treat them when the inevitable happens:
The number one tip for preventing ingrown hairs and razor bumps is exfoliating 1- 2 days before shaving. According to Epilator Girl, one of the main causes of ingrown hairs is a thick layer of dead skin cells that block the surface of the skin, preventing normal hair growth. An exfoliating glove and exfoliating soap are recommended for this purpose.
2. Salt and honey scrub
You know you should exfoliate but you don’t want to use a store-bought product full of chemicals. Use this home remedy solution from Inhabitat. Simply mix 1/2 sea salt with 1/2 cup honey and while in the shower, gently scrub the homemade scrub into the skin. #When you’re finished, rinse with non-irritating soap and water.
It’s the simples advice, by Skinacea explains that moisturizing, even when you don’t think your skin is dry, will help push out ingrown hairs and soothe irritated skin. You can use an all-natural store bought moisturizer, coconut oil, or any other moisturizer. The important thing is to moisturize every day.
4. Safely remove the hair
If you see that devilish hair it’s time to take it out. But wait! There’s a safe way to do it. According to Everyday Roots, you should soak tweezers in rubbing alcohol to disinfect them. #Exfoliate the area of skin around the ingrown hair to remove any dead skin cells. After exfoliating, dab the skin with a washcloth run under hot water. This will soften the skin. When you’re ready, use the sterilized tweezers to carefully grasp the hair and pull it out. Rinse one more time and then apply a spot of coconut oil to ease any irritation caused by the procedure.
5. Aspirin and honey
A Byrdie once told us aspirin contains salicylic acid, which, according to #WebMD, increases moisture in the skin and makes it easier to shed dead skin cells. To treat ingrown hairs, crush 3 aspirin tablets and mix their contents with 1 teaspoon honey and 1/2- 1 teaspoon honey to make a paste. Simply apply to the affected area and wait 10 minutes before rinsing with warm water and a wash cloth.