Do you suffer from constant annoying ingrown hair?
Don’t know what to do to get rid of them?
Ingrown hair is a common problem for a lot of people. Ingrown hair has a few variations, it can be caused by a blockage on the surface of the skin or even it can grow in the opposite direction, turning towards the skin. This can lead to some serious problems like folliculitis, the inflammation of hair follicles, which can be unsightly and uncomfortable.
What can make me prone to ingrown hair?
People that shave their unwanted hair are especially prone it as the skin thickens and blocks the surface. Shaving also leads to dark pigmented patches, which can be unsightly and are often seen on sensitive areas like the underarms and the bikini area.
Which methods of hair removal should I be using to prevent ingrown hair?
Waxing is a great way to prevent ingrown hair, shaving rashes and the thickening of skin. This is because waxing removes the hair directly from the root, all at once and you don’t need to worry about it for roughly 3 to 6 weeks, depending on the area of the body. Waxing leaves the skin smooth, hair free and removes the dead skin cells blocking the skin surface too.
Intense Pulsed Light is another method that is a perfect solution if you suffer from ingrown hair, as it not only prevents ingrown hair, but also clears existing ingrown hair as well. Intense Pulsed Light works by releasing a flash of light at a very particular wavelength that is able to target the melanin present is hair. The light energy is converted to heat energy and destroys the root of the hair under the skin for a permanent hair reduction result. If you have darkened patches of skin, this method also evens the complexion to its natural tome in these areas as the light based treatment can also treat hyperpigmented areas while treating the hair growth.
What should I do at home to clear and prevent ingrown hair?
Regular exfoliation and moisturisation of the skin is the key to silky smooth ingrown free skin. By using an exfoliating mitt which is specifically made for waxing, the dead skin is sloughed off, clearing any blockages in the hair follicles. Here at Exclusively Beauty we only stock Milano Exfoliating mitts, for professional results that will last you for years. Simply put it in your washing machine on a regular basis your mitt will stay clean. You can exfoliate gently with your mitt everyday and use a sugar scrub once a week to get rid of any dry patches.
Never forget to apply a moisturising lotion every single day, after exfoliating as you need to keep your skin supple and hydrated. A lightweight, easily absorbed moisturiser is best. Thick, heavy creams, especially when they contain petrolatum based ingredients tend to block the skin and retain heat, leading to increased risk of ingrown hair. Exel Moisturising Lotion is a gentle cream that can be used on the face and body. It contains Vitamin E to mourish the skin, green tea for an anti-inflammatory action and cucumber for vitamin rich hydration. Also contains chamomile extract to soothe irritation, along with renewing vitamins A and K.
Another important step that should always be followed is drinking sufficient amounts of water. This has multiple health benefits and it makes your whole body function correctly. A minimum of 2 litres a day will not only hydrate the skin, prevent ingrown, but also improve the condition of the hair and prevent weak hair prone to breakage. Drinking water is also very important factor in collagen production!
Clearing and preventing ingrown hair takes a combination of a few key steps and professional treatments, which can be easily incorporated into your daily routine. For further advice call Exclusively Beauty on 9821 3300 to book a consultation and we can create a treatment plan specific to your needs.