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How to remove ingrown hairs

Get rid of ingrown hairs and enjoy smooth, pain-free skin

Shaving, which is the most practical and economical option when it comes to removing body hair, is something most of us do either regularly or from time to time. One of the biggest downsides when it comes to hair removal is developing ingrown hairs, which can be painful and can also become infected if not treated carefully or removed. While ingrown hairs are often a problem for those with coarser hair, anyone can get them when hairs grow back into the skin rather than growing out straight. Fortunately, these hairs are easier to prevent and remove than you might think. Here’s how:

Step 1 This might sound obvious, but throw out any dull razors and use a fresh blade. Blunt razors often require that you go over the same area a few times to get rid of the hair. This causes chafing, which, in turn, leads to ingrown hairs.

Step 2 Get into an exfoliating routine to prevent dead skin cells from becoming trapped in your pores, as this can also lead to irritation. If you have an ingrown hair, exfoliate the area to help bring the hair in question to the surface so you can get rid of it.

Step 3 Heat is good for reducing pain and discomfort. Applying a hot cloth to an area where there is an ingrown hair for 10 minutes will also make the skin softer and open your pores so that the hair comes out more easily.

Step 4 To remove the ingrown hair, make sure you use a sharp, sterile tool such as a pair of tweezers cleaned with rubbing alcohol. Make sure there is enough hair above the skin surface to get a good grip so that none is left behind.

Step 5 Once the hair is removed, bring down the inflammation in the area by applying some ice and then treating the skin with some tea-tree oil or aloe vera, which will soothe your skin as well as keep any bacteria at bay, allowing it to heal.

Photo: iStock/Deagreez

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