I don’t need to tell you how annoying ingrown hairs can be. If you’ve ever had one you’ll know just how painful, itchy and irritating they are. According to the NHS, these pesky little things happen when “hairs have curled round and grown back into the skin”, which can lead to red, itchy spots and whiteheads. Niiice.
Ingrown hairs can crop up anywhere, from the legs to the bikini line and under arms to the jawline, so how do we get rid of them? Follow our 7 expert tips and put a stop to those oh-so irritating bumps, once and for all…
1. EXFOLIATE OFTEN
According to the NHS “an ingrown hair can occur when the hair follicle becomes clogged with dead skin cells”. This clogging can force a hair to grow sideways (ouch), but regular exfoliation (once a week) will help prevent that build up of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. Opt for Ameliorate’s Skin Smoothing Body Polish, the combination of lactic acid and physical micro-dermabrasion granules make it seriously effective at dissolving those ‘dead, follicle-clogging cells’. It’ll leave skin smoother and less prone to ingrown hairs.
2. CONSIDER HAIR REMOVAL CREAMS
Shaving is the biggest culprit for triggering ingrown hairs, this is because ‘when the hair grows back, it has a sharper edge and can easily poke back into the skin’. The NHS recommends the simplest way to prevent them “is to let your hair grow freely without shaving it”. But if that’s not an option, it’s worth trying a sensitive hair removal cream like Veet’s BodyCurv, instead.