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10 Soothing Products That Will Banish Ingrown Hairs for Good

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We all know the symptoms: the itchiness, the redness, those unsightly bumps. If you’re experiencing any one or a combination of these issues, there’s a pretty good chance you’re dealing with ingrown hair, or razor bumps, as they’re commonly known. It’s an annoying condition, to say the least, but the good news is that it’s fairly easy to treat at home, without breaking the bank. All you need are the right tools for the job and a little know-how, and that’s where we come in.

What causes ingrown hair?

Pesky ingrown hairs can happen to anyone, but as Mayo Clinic explains, your chances of getting them are higher if you shave, tweeze, or wax your body hair. Commonly found on the arms, legs, and pubic region, ingrowns occur when hair “grows back into the skin.” This is more likely to happen if you have curly or coarse hair, which is more prone to curlicue back onto itself and re-enter the epidermis.

Other factors can also contribute to this unpleasant condition. A hormone imbalance, for instance, can be a contributing factor, as it may cause an increase in hair growth.

In addition, an excess of dead skin can be a major reason behind ingrowns. Such a buildup can be caused by bad exfoliation habits, but also due to age. As we get older, our glands begin to produce less oil and our skin becomes increasingly dry. When that dry, flaky skin builds up on the surface, it can block hair follicles, thus forcing the hair to grow back into the skin.

How can you treat ingrown hair?

First things first: Do not pick at or try to remove an ingrown hair on your own. Doing so can cause additional irritation or, in the most severe cases, infection. Instead, it’s a good idea to revamp your shaving routine. Start with some warm water and use a lubricating shaving product. You’ll then want to use a sharp razor with a single or double blade, as opposed to a triple blade, since they won’t cut hair too close to the skin.

You should also refrain from pulling your skin taut while shaving, always shave in the direction your hair grows, and rinse yourr blade after each pass, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Alternatively, you can stop shaving, tweezing, and waxing altogether. Before taking such drastic measures, however, we recommend trying some of these at-home remedies.

The Best Products for Ingrown Hair

To get the best results for nixing ingrown hair, you’ll want to use the best tools, and these products are it. They’ve all been specifically designed to combat the problem before, during, or after hair removal. Keep reading for Woman’s World’s picks for the best products for ingrown hair.

This story originally occurred on FIRST for Women.

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