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A Guide for Preventing Ingrown Hairs

May 23, 2016 | Blog, Laser Hair Removal, Other

Whether you have extremely sensitive skin or not, ingrown hairs won’t discriminate care and they’ll cause bumps, redness, or even pain if they want to. It seems that no matter how careful we are with our shaving techniques and routine, these bumps can appear virtually out of nowhere – on our arms, legs, face, bikini area, you name it. They’re unsightly and sometimes even painful so the AYA Medical Spa team wanted to share some of our tips for preventing ingrown hairs so you can save yourself a bit of irritation!

Improper shaving can irritate the hair follicles of the skin. As new growth starts to happen, sometimes hair follicles get trapped beneath the skin – either curling back around and growing into the skin versus out of the pore, or growing sideways due to dead skin cells hardening on the skin’s surface and blocking its path. It may seem like an unpreventable thing since we don’t technically control how our hair grows, but the key to preventing ingrown hairs lies in your shaving technique and skin treatment after every hair removal treatment (this includes shaving, tweezing, waxing, etc.). Those with naturally coarse or curly hair tend to be more prone to ingrown hairs than others, but here are the top four top ways anyone can reduce their chances of having an ingrown:

If you really want to prevent an ingrown, leaving the hair alone and not shaving or waxing will do the trick. But if you enjoy the hair-free look and are looking for better ways to get silky smooth and tossing the razor for good, then we would suggest considering laser hair removal. Laser hair removal can be used on just about any place that has hair and patients can live a razor and ingrown-free lifestyle with as few as 4-8 treatments (this varies by person since laser hair removal works uniquely for different skin/hair tones and types). There’s still some time to get started on your laser hair removal treatments before summer season officially kicks off, so feel free to contact AYA Medical Spa to learn more and schedule your complimentary skincare analysis today!