10 Tips on how to get rid of ingrown hair

Anyone who shaves or waxes can get ingrown hair. An ingrown hair is one that has curled back on itself and it can leave bumps on the skin, cause irritation and it can become infected. Ingrown hairs are not health threatening, but they can be unsightly, irritating and embarrassing, so here are ten tips on ways that you can prevent and get rid of ingrown hair:

1. Exfoliate regularly and gently

Our first tip on how to get rid of ingrown hair is to exfoliate your skin regularly. Gently exfoliate the area around an ingrown hair and it will remove any dead skin that might be trapping the hair. You can also sometimes catch the end of the ingrown hair, as you exfoliate, which might release it again.

2. Moisturize richly

Another good suggestion on how to get rid of ingrown hair is to moisturize. Keep your skin moisturised, even if it doesn’t feel dry. Keeping your skin soft will help make ingrown hairs go away faster and, sometimes, without any other treatment being necessary.

3. Stop shaving or waxing the area with ingrown hairs

When you have ingrown hairs, the first thing to do is to stop shaving or waxing that area. If you carry on, then you will probably irritate the area even more and you won’t give the hair a chance to grow out naturally.

4. Free the ingrown hair with tweezers

If the hair still won’t budge by itself, then you can ease it out with a pair of tweezers. Sterilize the tweezers with some rubbing alcohol and then, try and tease the end of the hair free. Don’t pluck it out completely though, leave it to grow for a while, or most likely it will just grow ingrown again.

5. Anti-acne cream can help

The bump that is caused by ingrown hair is very similar to a pimple. Apply some anti-acne cream that contains glycolic or salicylic acid to reduce the swelling and fight the infection and, with exfoliation, you will often find that this is enough to remove the problem.

6. Soften skin before attempting to free ingrown hair

Another good tip on how to get rid of ingrown hair is to soften the skin before tying to get rid of this unsightly problem. It will make it much easier to free an ingrown hair of you soften your skin first. Just holding a warm, damp cloth close to your skin will do this, but don’t be tempted to go digging around with the tweezers, this will just irritate your skin further and can lead to bacteria spread.

7. Shave properly

You can help to prevent ingrown hairs by taking care about the way you shave. Always soften your skin first with a shaving cream, use new or nearly new razors and shave gently; shave with the grain, not against.

8. Draw the hair out with vinegar

Another good trick on how to get rid of ingrown hair is to use apple cider vinegar. Warm vinegar will help to draw an ingrown hair out. Soak a warm towel in some vinegar and hold it on the affected area for about 5-10 minutes. If you repeat this, several times a day, the ingrown hair will gradually work its own way out.

9. Reduce the redness with tea tree oil and Aloe Vera

Applying a mixture of tea tree oil and Aloe Vera to the affected area, it will reduce the swelling and fight the infection that can occur around an ingrown hair. Do this, before you attempt to remove the hair, and it will make it easier and less painful.

10. Don’t wear tight clothes

Wearing tight clothing, especially immediately after shaving or waxing, can flatten hair and make it grow inwards. If you do find that you often get ingrown hair, then try wearing loose clothing and see if that helps.

How to get rid of ingrown hair? Do you have some other tips that work?

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  1. Mahima
    September 19, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    Can I apply olive oil(as it is soothing) after applying ACV over the affected area?

  2. A Smooth Life
    February 11, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Great article! This is really thorough and helpful 🙂 Remember to be extremely careful with ingrown hairs as they can turn messy! I’m sure you’ve seen the videos online haha.

  3. Anonymous
    July 20, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Love these tips, very useful!

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