Ingrown bikini hairs from waxing or shaving might just be one of the most uncomfortable and unsightly beach woes known to bikini babes. At their best, they're slightly annoying…and at their worst, they're downright painful. If ingrown hairs by your bikini line are something that have been creating a doom cloud over your summer, you’ll be pleased to know that they are neither forever nor unfixable. If, it just so happens that this doesn’t apply to you (yet), take our advice – nip it in the bud before it does.
Identify if it is actually an ingrown hair.
First things first - make sure what you're looking at is actually an ingrown hair. If there's a chance that it's acne or potentially a different type of sore. There are several reasons why this is HUGELY important: (a) if it's NOT an ingrown hair, ingrown hair treatment will likely make it much worse. (b) The risk of spread of bacteria or virus is increased substantially when you don't know you have it/are able to treat it accurately. If you're ever concerned and unsure, it never hurts to take a trip to the doctor to get an opinion. At the very least, they can treat a nasty ingrown hair for you!
If you already have ingrown hairs, treat before you prevent.
The next important piece of information is that if you're already experiencing ingrown hairs, do your best to refrain from shaving, waxing, and tweezing until it heals. We recommend warm compresses and anything anti-inflammatory, like Miracle Oil or perhaps a steroid cream. If you can add more fish oil or turmeric to your diet, you're likely to reduce the inflammation, as well. Anything with Vitamin E or collagen production (we're looking at you, bone broth) is terrific for your skin, and will help you heal much faster.
Once you're in the clear, there are two ways you can prevent:
Method #1: Exfoliate.
As the saying goes, fortune favors the prepared and exfoliated (yes, that’s exactly how it goes). It makes sense, really – if you’ve got an excess of dead skin, the hair is unable to surface and is more likely to curl back under. The number one way to prevent ingrown hairs is to exfoliate two or three times per week. You can either use a regular scrub sponge, a body scrub from your favorite skincare brand, or if you like to be thorough, use a decent pair of exfoliating gloves. Make sure to thoroughly clean your gloves when you're done and to run them through the washer and dryer every so often.
Method #2: If exfoliating fails, Tend Skin is here to save the day.
If exfoliating is just not cutting it, your next best bet is to whip out the miraculous and all-powerful Tend Skin. You may not have heard of this product before, but we promise you – it is the only one you need when dealing with negative consequences of waxing and shaving. Not only will it aid in dealing with ingrown hairs, but it will also eliminate redness, razor bumps, and any irritation. To get the most out of it, wait until your skin is dry and apply on the affected area. We would NOT recommend using this the same day you exfoliate nor every day, as it can be a little intense and drying (especially for sensitive skin).
Posted by Sadie Upwall
Project Manager and Editor for the best little beauty business in SLC.