Previously we had a detailed discussion on how long does hair have to be waxed, but after that article, we got so many questions about how to stop ingrown hairs after waxing?
This is a very common issue among everyone, but women usually take it a little more seriously than men. Ingrown hairs are a must; you can say it’s a mandatory thing that you have to face it. It doesn’t matter then which hair removal method you use. But don’t worry!
Being an expert after research and testing, we have found some of the ways through which you can prevent ingrown hair, but before we discuss that, let’s see:
What are ingrown hairs?
At this point, you might think that ingrown hairs are known as the regrowth of hairs. But it’s not that.
As the name suggests, ingrowth hairs are that hair that grows inside your skin. Ingrown hair is a type of hair that usually grows back in your skin in a curve direction after being removed instead of rising.
Above is the picture I am attaching so that you can better understand how ingrown hair looks. Normal hairs are fine, but ingrowth hair will cause tiny swollen bumps that will hurt you. That is the reason you might notice bumps after waxing, that bumps appear on your skin because of ingrown hairs.
The one thing that is very important to remember is that whether you are shaving, tweezing, or waxing, ingrown hair can grow. The main cause of ingrown hair is hairs entirely from the root.
As a result, ingrown hair creates small reddish pimple-like bumps, which can cause swelling, irritation, and pain. Below I am attaching pictures to show how ingrown hairs after waxing look, and this can happen to any body part.
How to prevent ingrown hair after waxing?
So, here comes the solution you guys are waiting for and the reason that has kept you connected until now. We understand that you cannot keep your wax fresh for a long time. After 7 to 8 days, some of you might have ingrown hairs that feel annoying.
Especially ingrown pubic hair may also cause rashes, and you will probably feel uncomfortable walking. But there’s no fixed time frame for preventing ingrown hairs after waxing; it highly depends on your skin type.
Below are some of the ways that can help you how to avoid ingrown hairs after waxing, shaving, and tweezing. So let’s take a look at what to do after waxing and which products to use:
Moisturize your skin after waxing
Ingrown hairs are usually a result of dryness. So, always apply a good moisturizer to your damp skin after waxing. But before using any moisturizer, identify your skin type. Because if you are using moisturizer on your legs, arms, or armpits, it’s okay, as they are not as sensitive parts.
But, if you are applying it to the genital areas, you need to take extra precautions. Therefore, consult your dermatologist before applying any product to your private parts.
Moisturizer will soak in your skin and loosen the dead skin that creates ingrown hair. You can use baby lotion or baby oil on your private parts as they do not contain any harmful or harsh chemicals. You can also use coconut oil, but it’s too greasy, so that you can apply it at night.
Other than that, if you ask for my recommendation, I suggest you use Gillette Venus. It’s an excellent moisturizer to prevent ingrown hairs after waxing and contains natural oils.
The second method of preventing ingrown hairs after waxing is “Exfoliating.” Now, what is exfoliating?
Exfoliating is to remove dead skin cells by rubbing or washing. It depends on you whether you want to exfoliate after the waxing or before. This is also a preventive measure you can take instead of waiting for the ingrown hair.
Exfoliating waxed areas or areas to be waxed will strip away the dead skin layer and prevent clogged pores and ingrown hair. Now, there are many good exfoliators on the market, like salicylic and glycolic acids, but again they are not suitable for private parts. Therefore, for exfoliating private parts, use Aloe Vera.
Scrubbing is a very important step in bikini wax aftercare. This step will cast off your dead skin that clogs up hair follicles and make them ingrown hairs. There are many good scrubs on the market but they will be best for your arms and legs. For your private areas, I will suggest you use homemade scrubs.
Here is a quick recipe for scrubbing that you can use mix one cup of sugar and 0.5 cups of coconut oil. Mix them and scrub them on the areas that you have waxed.
Wear soft, loose clothes
This is a very important step, but people don’t pay attention to it. Always wear loose-fit clothes to allow your waxed area to breathe so that they can breathe properly. The best-ingrown hair treatment, in my opinion, is this one.
Does waxing cause ingrown hairs?
The answer can be both yes and no.
As I mentioned in my previous blog, waxing is all about stretching techniques. What happens is that sometimes due to the wrong stretching technique, your hair may not be removed entirely. And due to waxing, you may have bumps that will clog your pores, and your hair regrows in your skin.
Pimples after waxing
The other very common problem is pimples or whiteheads after waxing, commonly found in every skin type, whether dry, oily, or hydrated skin. Now, you might be thinking about why these pimples happen in the first place.
As you know, waxing causes breakouts that will likely open your pores. Now, the bacteria can easily enter through pores. However, there could be other reasons as well that cause pimples or whiteheads after post-wax that are:
- If you have an allergy to wax itself.
- Sensitive skin.
- Touching the waxed area again and again.
- Getting mild burn.
Even soothing lotions or agents touching the waxed area may cause pimples. But you can prevent your skin from getting post-wax pimples and breakouts by prepping your skin before and after the wax.
Exfoliating before wax (good or bad)
Many people are confused about whether you should exfoliate your skin before or after the waxing. There is much conflicting information on the internet, so let’s see which is accurate.
Comparing both processes, it has been proved that exfoliating your skin two days before the waxing is more beneficial. But why?
Here are some reasons why exfoliation before waxing is good:
- Exfoliating skin before waxing will make your hair soft, making it easy to remove with minimal pain.
- Exfoliation will remove your dead skin cells and prevent ingrown hair after waxing.
- Pre-exfoliation will reduce redness, dirt particles, and bacteria from your skin’s surface.
- Exfoliating will stop your hair from clogging.
- Exfoliation will reduce your dull complexion and moisturize your dry, scaly skin patches.
While exfoliating our skin after the wax is also not bad, exfoliating before the waxing is more advantageous.
How to get rid of ingrown hairs on bikini line?
The best way to get ingrown hair on the bikini line is to stop removing hair from that area and wait until the hair goes away and the bump is reduced. The other way to treat ingrown hair is to warm compress the area and use a retinoid.
How to get rid of dark spots from ingrown hair?
Dark spots are usually the result of pimples and whiteheads that cause after waxing. People use many home remedies, but as they are slow, we recommend products like vitamin A, lactic acid, mandelic acid, and glycolic acid.
What to put on skin after waxing?
The best thing you put on your skin after waxing is moisturizer. The best cream or moisturizer you can use after waxing is Cortisone cream, reducing redness, itching, and swelling.
Should you pluck ingrown hairs?
No, you should never pluck your ingrown hair. It will cause an infection.
How to treat ingrown hairs after waxing?
Massage with ice cubes and clean the infected hair with a washcloth. Massage it for 20 minutes. You will see a reduction in swelling and redness.
In conclusion, preventing ingrown hair after waxing requires some effort and attention to detail, but it is certainly achievable. By following the tips discussed in this blog, such as exfoliating regularly, using a proper technique when waxing, and keeping the skin moisturized, you can significantly reduce the likelihood of ingrown hairs.
It’s important to remember that everyone’s skin is different, and what works for one person may not work for another. Therefore, it may take some trial and error to find the best approach for your skin type. With patience and persistence, however, you can enjoy the benefits of smooth, hair-free skin without having to deal with the discomfort and unsightly appearance of ingrown hairs.
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