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Tips and Tricks to Getting Rid of Ingrown Hairs

Tips and Tricks to Getting Rid of Ingrown Hairs

Whether it’s once in a while or every time you shave or get a wax, ingrown hair are a real pain. Let me take you on a tour on how to recognize, treat and most of all, prevent ingrowns. 

But What are Ingrown Hairs? 

Is it a pimple? Is it a bump? It might be an ingrown hair… Ingrown hair can resemble pimples with red bumps but can also look like small strands of hair stuck under layers of skin. They mostly appear on legs, pubic area and armpits; it can look scary but it actually just means that the hair grew sideways or curled back into the skin. Most of the time, they’re small and get by unnoticed but they can also feel itchy, get infected and overall be very uncomfortable.

But what do you do with an ingrown hair? First of all, don’t pick at it! 

What causes an ingrown hair

What Causes An Ingrown Hair?

Anyone can get an ingrown hair, but people with coarse or curly hair are most likely to get annoyed by them. An ingrown hair usually appears when a hair follicle gets clogged with dead skin cells: if the dead layers of the skin aren’t properly being removed, they trap hairs under the epidermis, which leads to ingrown hairs. A few specific causes can lead to these little annoying bumps: 

Hair Removal

Most hair removal techniques can lead to ingrown hairs. Some you can avoid pretty easily, such as dry shaving. Dry shaving is one of the main causes of shaving rashes, bumps and burns… just don’t.

Although shaving, waxing, epilation (with an electrical epilator) can result in ingrown hair, there are other factors you might want to look into and avoid.

Epilator for ingrown hairs

Tight Clothing 

Tight clothing and specifically tight underwear, can cause ingrown hairs: tight underwear traps the skin and makes it harder for it to breathe, trapping hair as it grows back and making it grow sideways. 100% cotton underwear doesn’t bother the skin as much and can be a good way to avoid the trouble of ingrown hair, as well as less tight underwear which won’t cause as much friction and irritation. 

Treating Ingrown Hairs

Give it Time to Heal

The best and safest way to get rid of ingrown hair is to let it heal on its own, which should take two to four days if you keep the area dry, clean and away from hair removal products; you should also avoid tight clothing that might cause friction with the area. Trying to extract it yourself (squeeze it, pick at it, use tweezers on it) will most likely end with pain, an actual infection and maybe a scar. 

Keep it Clean

Keep the ingrown area clean and make sure to exfoliate the surroundings of the ingrown hair. To do so, you might use the Bushbalm Nude oil, which contains tea tree oil, an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. All the Bushbalm oils are 100% non-comedogenic so they won’t clog your pores! You may also want to use the Sugar Scrub, which is also non-comedogenic and will properly exfoliate the area you’re trying to preserve. 

Keeping Clean to prevent ingrown hairs


Use a Warm Compress

If you have an ingrown hair on your legs, you might want to take a warm moist cloth or compress and apply it to the affected area for a few minutes. This should help soften the skin and bring out the hair to its surface. If it is deeper than expected, you might want to apply a warm compress several times a day to, at least, relieve discomfort.

Consult a Dermatologist 

If it doesn’t go away on its own after a few weeks and feels infected, you should contact your dermatologist for proper removal and post-care in order to avoid infection and long term scarring. If the ingrown hair is getting progressively red and irritated, swells, itches or feels warm to the touch, it might be infected and you should get it checked out. The doctor will most likely prescribe you an antibiotic which will make the ingrown hair go away pretty quickly. You should also consider seeing someone if you get painful ingrown hair often and get easily irritated and infected in specific areas. 

Preventive Action Against Ingrown Hairs

Since treating ingrown hairs isn’t easy, taking preventing action might be a better option to get rid of ingrown hairs. 

Exfoliate 

Exfoliating your skin regularly and properly helps remove dead skin cells. Without proper exfoliation, you could see clogged pores and ingrown hairs. By exfoliating, new hairs will grow upward and outward! If you shave, exfoliating before will help by lifting the hair away from the skin and making it easier for the razor to get the hairs. 

Dry Brushing to Soothe Razor Burn

To exfoliate your skin, you can use our Sugar Scrub, which is a natural exfoliant or use a dry brush which will help remove toxins from your body, in addition to exfoliating. 

Apply Soothing Oils

By regularly moisturizing and soothing your skin with Bushbalm oils on the areas you shave or wax, you soften the hair and, thus avoid ingrowns. Thanks to Tea Tree Oil and its antibacterial properties, regular application will help prevent but also repair ingrown hairs. 

Soothing Oil for Ingrown Hairs

Try applying the oil after shaving or waxing as it will make the new hairs grow softer and easier. The oils smell great and are made from non-comedogenic ingredients that replicate your natural body oils! 

Avoid Tight Clothing

As explained before, tight clothes can cause ingrown hairs; avoiding tight underwear can help keep your skin healthy and ingrown-free, especially right after shaving or waxing. You can also opt for 100% cotton underwear, which will always be healthier than other materials.  

Hair Removal Tips to Avoid Ingrowns

Preparing your skin for shaving, waxing and other hair removal methods will help keep your skin healthy and avoid ingrown hairs. Here are some tips to make sure you’re not damaging your skin by removing your hair: 

When Shaving

As explained before, you should avoid dry shaving at all costs: always exfoliate first, hydrate the skin with warm water, which makes the hair easier to remove by softening it, and finally prep by applying a shaving oil, cream or gel. Make sure your razor is clean, sharp (never use a dull razor!) and stored outside of the shower in a cool and dry area to avoid bacteria buildup. After shaving, you may want to apply a cool compress to soothe the area you just shaved. 

Shaving Legs without razor burn

Alternative Hair Removal Options

You could also consider laser hair removal to avoid ingrowns if your hair removal method is the reason for them. With electrolysis, there is no hair growing so there can’t be any ingrowns. 

How to Prevent Dry Skin When the Weather Gets Colder

How to Prevent Dry Skin When the Weather Gets Colder

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When the weather changes and the temperature drops there is no need to hibernate and disappear because your skin is dry and dull. Wouldn’t you want to feel as good in your own (winter-ready) skin as you do in a chunky oversized knit and a good pair of booties?

Here are some cold-weather tips make sure you are rocking your best skin:

  • Take short showers. Once you are in the warm shower the last thing you want to do is step back out into the cold, so naturally, you linger in the steamy, hot water longer and procrastinate the inevitable. The only problem is you are dehydrating your skin. Keep them short and sweet.
  • Pick the right soap or shower gel. Avoid harsh chemicals or fragrances that have an alcohol base. These will strip your skin of moisture and you can’t afford to give that away as the temperature drops.

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  • Exfoliate to get rid of dead skin cells and help regenerate new ones. Using an exfoliating body polish regularly will get rid of all that dry, itchy skin. 
  • Moisturize as soon as you get out of the shower. With the heat turned on the air is dryer. Water goes from high concentration (your wet skin) to low concentration (the dry air) and evaporates very quickly. So apply a moisturizing oil within 2-3 minutes after getting out of the water to lock in the moisture.

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  • Drink water to keep skin cells plump and hydrated so they don’t shrivel and get dry, tight and flakey. We've said it before and we will definitely say it again...8 cups a day babes!
  • Blot skin dry. Avoid rubbing or aggressively towel drying your body. Your skin is already more sensitive in the dryer months so be gentle and treat your birthday suit with care.

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  • Layer up. Protect your skin from the harsh cold wind. Don’t pretend you are too cool to bundle up. Work it into your style and be fashionable while protecting your skin.
  • Sunscreen is for the sun, not just summer. Don’t forget your sunscreen even though the heat isn’t there.

Self-Care: 6 Ways to Treat Yourself Right

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Bushbalm_Ingrown Hair Prevention_Self Care-6 Ways to Treat Yourself Right_Get Good Sleep

1) Get good sleep. Life can be exciting and busy, we understand. But don’t sacrifice sleep. Get your 7-9 hours to keep your mind and body running smoothly.

2) Drink lots of water. Your body is made up of approximately  50% water. Stay hydrated. Stay happy.

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3) Eat lots of vegetables in a rainbow of colours every day. Not only does it look  Instagramable on your plate, but your body will also hit that like button❤️️.

4) Exercise regularly to get the blood flowing and increase your endorphins, get that happy hormone fix.

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5) Take some time to pamper yourself. Knowing you look good will make you feel more confident. We like to use the Sweet Escape oil after showering every day.

6) Surround yourself with people you love. Find people who build you up and support you. All you need is love.

And remember, when life gets busy, slow down and show yourself some love. You are worth it!