If you’re one of the many people who shaves their bikini area, it might be time to switch up your hair removal routine. While shaving is quick and pain free, you have probably experienced the down side of shaving: rash, skin irritation and perhaps worst of all - painful ingrown hairs. Although you can’t prevent ingrown hairs altogether, there are a few precautions you can take to minimize the chances of getting them on your bikini line.
What Are Ingrown Hairs and How Are They Caused?
An ingrown hair is a hair that has curled round and grown back into the skin. They can produce raised red bumps that can be painful, itchy and a little embarrassing. Causes of ingrown hair on your bikini line include:
It may be a painless, quick and tempting short-term solution, especially if you’re tight on time, but shaving is not a good tactic for avoiding ingrown hairs. When a razor slices hair off at the surface of the skin, it can leave the tip of the hair with sharp edges. If that hair doesn't grow correctly, it could grow back into the skin. This is much more likely to happen with curly and coarse hair which is why ingrown hairs are often more common around the bikini line.
Waxing removes the hair from the root. For this reason, it’s a great option for longer lasting results. Unfortunately, all hair removal methods can lead to ingrown hairs, including waxing in some instances. Rapidly removing the hair from the root can disrupt the hair follicle making it more difficult for the hair to grow in the correct direction out of the skin. Your individual hair growth pattern may also make you more susceptible to ingrown hairs. If you constantly suffer from ingrown hairs after waxing, you may consider another hair removal method.
Dead or dry skin
The build-up of dead or dry skin can block the hair follicle, making it difficult for hair to grow in the normal direction. This can lead to the hair growing sideways or down back into the skin.
Help Prevent Ingrown Hairs
Unfortunately, it is impossible to avoid ingrown hairs completely when considering any hair removal method. Here are some ideas regarding steps that you can try at home to increase your odds of preventing ingrown hairs.
Don’t underestimate the power of a simple scrub! Gentle and regular exfoliation of your bikini line will stop the build-up of dead or dry skin, and help avoid ingrown hairs.
Your skin will be extra sensitive to heat and friction after hair removal. Try to avoid wearing tight clothing, using any heavily fragranced lotions, sunbathing and working out for the first 24 hours. Once your skin has recovered you should try to maintain a regular exfoliation schedule to keep ingrown hairs at bay. Also, be sure to check out this article on “Skin Care Tips for After Your Wax” for additional best practices.
Whatever form of hair removal you use for your bikini line, follow these guidelines in order to help prevent ingrown hairs from ruining your silky smooth look.