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Ingrown Hair

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Yikes, an ingrown hair, those pesky little fellows like to come around every now and then and ouch do they hurt! So how do we avoid them? Easy! Shave downward instead of up, by shaving the same direction as hair growth it will prevent the hair curling into the skin. And exfoliate! Exfoliating after every bathe is your best defense to keep the skin smooth. So how to you treat an ingrown hair? Well, most of the time it will just heal itself, but if you have a stubborn and chronic ingrown hair issue try depilatory or electrolysis and always consult a dermatologist first. How do you get rid of or prevent ingrown hairs?

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binababie wrote:
1) 8/26/2009 4:42:03 PM
I have this problem a lot! I always use a pumice stone to gently exfoliate. Witch Hazel helps with inflammation, too.
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abbyyyrose wrote:
2) 8/26/2009 5:01:49 PM
yikes, those nasty things.
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Heather C wrote:
3) 8/26/2009 5:17:37 PM
Thanks so much for this post! I always get them on my knees but now I know how to prevent them :]
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jasmine1982 wrote:
4) 8/26/2009 9:55:26 PM
i hate ingrown hair.. especially if it's somewhere it should not be. sometimes you can't really prevent it from happening. just don't pick it or it will get worse. for other body parts, i use nair sometimes instead of razor.
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Engineer a Debt Free Life wrote:
5) 8/26/2009 10:17:17 PM
I think the easiest way to prevent ingrown hair is by doing what is mentioned here, shaving in the direction of hair growth
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Missy2009 wrote:
6) 8/27/2009 11:56:11 AM
Funny, we are always taught to shave in the opposite direction! Good idea! Mis
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kelly12345 wrote:
7) 8/27/2009 1:16:12 PM
Good idea! If I have only a few, I usually can manage to use tweezers on them.
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JenSue wrote:
8) 8/27/2009 1:21:59 PM
Lotion! I find I have more ingrown hairs if my skin is really dry. I try to keep my body mosturized by always lotioning up before I go to bed.
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rcsmooch wrote:
9) 8/27/2009 1:22:34 PM
I'm shaving in the wrong direction! I do exfoliate, so maybe that has prevented me from getting ingrown hairs.
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franniesmom wrote:
10) 8/27/2009 1:25:24 PM
Using a freshly sterilized pair of tweezers, fish the tip out from underneath this surface of the skin. This usually works for me.
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mirella wrote:
11) 8/27/2009 1:34:11 PM
I love those products!
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SilkySmooth wrote:
12) 8/27/2009 2:00:11 PM
Thanks for the advice! That's awesome!
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funsize<3 wrote:
13) 8/27/2009 2:00:22 PM
thanks for the advice! it totally worked! ingrown hairs were always a problem for me, i had heard of shaving in the same direction as the hair grows, but it always left some stuble, but when i exfoliate it the problem is solved!
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amd wrote:
14) 8/27/2009 2:02:46 PM
I find with waxing I get fewer ingrown hairs than with shaving. But when I need to shave I make sure I have a new blade. I think I get a lot more ingrown hairs with a dull blade.
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KATIET wrote:
15) 8/27/2009 2:05:49 PM
I do what this post suggests and shave downward and exfoliate often! It really helps!
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lilblueberry4 wrote:
16) 8/27/2009 2:14:58 PM
Hi! I love ELF. I just bought the back to school special; it'll be perfect for when I start school. Thanks for all your great products and information, such as teaching us to shave downward--I hate ingrown hairs!! You rock!! :D
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sexandtheweddingdress wrote:
17) 8/27/2009 2:17:45 PM
I try hot compresses to try and relieve pain and/or swelling if not possible try just relaxing in a hot or warm bath for the same effect. If all else fails just be patient they will go away :(
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Deano wrote:
18) 8/27/2009 2:43:29 PM
I have VERY sensitive skin and I have found it helps to use noxzema on my skin after I shave. It helps to calm my skin and prevents ingrown hair.
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cincycougarmama wrote:
19) 8/27/2009 3:07:05 PM
Thanks for the tips! I have a pesky ingrown hair that I'm definitely going to try and exfoliate!
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BlakesPsycoMom wrote:
20) 8/27/2009 3:13:34 PM
Thanks for the advice on this, I always shave upward cause it removes the hair better but i also always break out wit ingrown hairs too, so I am going to start shaving downward, and exfoliating every shower.
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Kieran wrote:
21) 8/27/2009 3:24:57 PM
I completely agree! The best way to prevent them IS to shave with the same direction of the hair. When I started switching to this technique a while ago, I stopped getting ingrown hairs!
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pigeon247 wrote:
22) 8/27/2009 3:35:58 PM
Don't have a huge problem with them. I like to pick and tweeze anything though!
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paony365 wrote:
23) 8/27/2009 3:51:50 PM
when I get an ingrown hair, I gently help the end of the hair out by using a tweezer.
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BeautyDecade wrote:
24) 8/27/2009 4:31:16 PM
Well, as to ingrown hairs, what normally is done to treat them is either go into a steam room at your local spa or gym, if you are not a member just let the water run really warm in your shower to open your pores and then just use a tweezer to pull them out. It is painless if your pores are open if not you will be in pain.:) beautydecade
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Jackqui wrote:
25) 8/27/2009 4:57:42 PM
This is so true! Though when I am in a rush I shave any which ways, I do pay for it later. I rarely get in grown hairs but I do end up irritating the hair pores. Sometimes I use baby oil to soothe my skin if I feel irritations.
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Jengirl wrote:
26) 8/27/2009 5:10:20 PM
I get ingrown hairs on my face and whenever I get a facial, my facialist gets rid of my ingrown hairs with a needle. Gross! Needles freak me out! I kinda hurts but it's not that bad. I need to exfoliate more, though!
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Attackat wrote:
27) 8/27/2009 6:53:51 PM
OMG! this is so helpful :) I'd never really thought about it before to google or anything, but it's so painful when I get an ingrown hair...THANK YOU!
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ivygreene wrote:
28) 8/27/2009 7:33:48 PM
There are some great products out there that help ingrown hairs, like Tendskin. I find that really helps for chronic problems. Also lots of exfoliation and moisturizing!
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Lizziee.!! wrote:
29) 8/27/2009 10:02:17 PM
ohh man i HATE ingrown hair! they are so annoyingg! thankk you forr thesee tipss!
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Alastair wrote:
30) 8/27/2009 10:32:15 PM
Definitely shave in the direction the hair is growing!!! I learned that lesson the hard way. Luckily that's what moms are for :)
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kimmeburly wrote:
31) 8/27/2009 11:18:03 PM
I try to prevent them by exfoliating and moisturizing and that really works the vast majority of the time. On the rare occasion I get one, I usually just wait it out and maybe use warm compresses in the meantime.
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Chai Rose wrote:
32) 8/27/2009 11:30:35 PM
I absolutely hate ingrown hairs. I used to pick at them and scratch them. But then I discovered that, like the article said, exfoliating helps loads. And since I have extremely sensitive skin, I put baby oil on the area I shaved after I've dried off. And then they're pretty much nonexistent.
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lylytiger wrote:
33) 8/27/2009 11:52:22 PM
I also exfoliate my legs and keep them moisturized.
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coldfriday wrote:
34) 8/28/2009 1:21:01 AM
On existing little problems: a little salicylic acid or an exfoliating acne treatment helps and prevents scarring. Keep it clean. Don't pick.
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Minny20 wrote:
35) 8/28/2009 2:43:05 AM
I didn't know that shaving downward prevents ingrown hair. I guess I should stop shaving upward, even though it's a bit quicker. Thank you for the tip :)
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eyecandy007 wrote:
36) 8/28/2009 9:40:15 AM
i always exfoliate and then i use tons of mositurers and that does the trick.. i used to wax but that causes break outs and i got more ingrown hairs that way!
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stephyy wrote:
37) 8/28/2009 6:59:33 PM
I would totally use an epilator. hate exfoliating, time consuming
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counsel wrote:
38) 8/28/2009 8:46:00 PM
Helpful tips... I thought that you were suppose to shave in the opposite direction.... Now I know! :@)
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Jss wrote:
39) 8/29/2009 1:21:16 PM
Omg, I hate having ingrown hairs, they hurt so much. They are such a pain, but easy to avoid by just shaving every other day and putting lotion on after the shower!
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Ritsuka wrote:
40) 8/30/2009 7:48:34 AM
ahhh...those things..]: I just use nair or leave it alone, eventually it's all cool again :D
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Roseofblack wrote:
41) 8/30/2009 10:09:16 PM
Omg I get ingrown hairs like no other! Especially the bikini area. It's horrible how bad I get them. I find using an electric razor works way better at preventing them then using a manual razor and shaving cream.
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Chrisy wrote:
42) 8/31/2009 12:27:39 PM
Great post...will shave downward going forward!
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ACWins wrote:
43) 8/31/2009 1:05:26 PM
I just had to go to the doctor to take care of an ingrown hair! I shouldn't have ignored it and won't in the future!
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sunny963 wrote:
44) 8/31/2009 1:08:13 PM
I shave my legs with hair conditioner. Not only does it reduce ingrown hairs it also gives me a closer shave.
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Tirsa wrote:
45) 8/31/2009 3:01:39 PM
Yes I remember when I used to shave I never shaved against the hair growth, and I always applied lotion to keep my skin soft. I never had an ingrown hair, at least none that I knew of :D
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Swati05 wrote:
46) 8/31/2009 3:23:03 PM
I know what you mean, I don't like them on my legs :( I wax but my legs still don't look good enuf because of those pesky lil curls
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Dough wrote:
47) 8/31/2009 3:35:52 PM
The main thing I do is I keep my skin hydrated and exfoliating helps because it removes the dead skin and allows the hair to come out.
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TCUblondie wrote:
48) 8/31/2009 4:43:43 PM
Hi - I always use Tend Skin for my stubborn, ingrown hairs. It's great for the bikini and under-arm area! Most beauty stores carry it - I buy my tend skin at Ulta salon. It's a little expensive but totally worth it - and the bottle lasts a long time. :-)
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wang wrote:
49) 8/31/2009 5:47:56 PM
I use "smooth away" and they never give me ingrown hairs.
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hanatsuki wrote:
50) 8/31/2009 6:00:17 PM
Baby powder or aloe vera gel does wonders for the bikini area after shaving
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51) 8/31/2009 6:07:45 PM
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52) 8/31/2009 6:17:36 PM
I have never shaved going with the direction of the hair growth, and until recently never had an ingrown hair. Now I get them. I am going to have to try the shaving trick to see if it works. How do you deal with the stubble though?
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kat01 wrote:
53) 8/31/2009 9:36:16 PM
yea I have that problem too. I get them in back of my legs. Whats worse is that I have scars...any advice? help!!!
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Nikki415 wrote:
54) 8/31/2009 10:40:47 PM
Does ingrown hairs bleed?
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lemurific wrote:
55) 9/1/2009 12:04:28 AM
oh i just pluck them and then put on some neosporin.
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Arizona J wrote:
56) 9/1/2009 12:15:46 AM
Exfoliating is a major defensive action but if you do get an ingrown hair there are 2 products on the market that will get rid of them in no time. 1 is called tend skin and the other is called no more bumps. no more bumps is available at your local beauty supply and tend skin is available on the internet. both are great products.
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anon. wrote:
57) 9/1/2009 1:38:58 AM
i try and wait it out.. but sometimes it gets very irritating.
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Lizzylou-hoo wrote:
58) 9/1/2009 1:58:33 AM
Well, I learned the hard way NOT to shave upward!! Yes it made my skin super smooth but a few hours later I was completely covered with ingrown hairs and it was a very painful few days.. I wet a towel with warm water and placed it over the area for a few minutes at a time, to help open the pores. Afterward, I applied aloe vera gel/lotion. Once the hairs were long enough I plucked the worst ones and eventually they all healed.
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from NoVA wrote:
59) 9/1/2009 12:59:01 PM
Hmmm...looks like I'll have to try to shave in the same direction as hair growth. But when I do have some ingrown hair, I just bring out my tweezers and Neosporin.
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clee85 wrote:
60) 9/1/2009 1:23:17 PM
i always get razor burn and ingrown hairs. i shave in the opposite direction of growth so maybe thats why. but i am very self conscious about them. thanks for the tip
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TheOffice23 wrote:
61) 9/1/2009 3:24:27 PM
Thank you e.l.f! I've been having this problem but I didn't know what it was so i'm going to see if your advise works :)
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alikia29 wrote:
62) 9/1/2009 4:56:40 PM
I wish I knew the best way to prevent them but the best day to deal with the ones you already have is to simply pull them out with tweezers...make sure to pull them out in the direction they grow though.
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ridic wrote:
63) 9/1/2009 7:47:51 PM
I get a lot on my calves, but they don't hurt so I've never done anything about it. But I'll def need to try the downward shave!
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Lipglosslover wrote:
64) 9/1/2009 9:41:37 PM
Shave downwards. This is the best method for me. If I do it upwards, thats a cause for concern. Ingrown hairs are painful. Had to get rid of one at one time by using a tweezer, plucking very gently. NEVER did that again.
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NubianJ wrote:
65) 9/1/2009 11:58:09 PM
I just stick with waxing because if you shave downward when you rub upward it feels spiky and rough. At least with waxing I don't worry about ingrowns and roughness
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rachy1212 wrote:
66) 9/4/2009 11:59:52 AM
Those do hurt! Exfoliating does really help.
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Jess' Blog wrote:
67) 9/5/2009 4:24:57 AM
I try to shave downwards most of the time, but I can never be bothered exfoliating enough. Might start tonight ... or tomorrow ...
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Kristy<3 wrote:
68) 9/19/2009 10:43:07 PM
Ugh! I hate ingrown hairs! They are 100% annoying! I try to shave every other day to prevent them from growing and as always shave in the same direction as their growing.
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Annerz wrote:
69) 9/20/2009 3:28:12 AM
THANK YOU! I have a few on my leg that just WONT go away, so i'll start trying the shaving down method.
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loverofelf wrote:
70) 9/21/2009 2:16:23 PM
Ive never really thought of how I would treat it...I just wait for them to heal on their own. Any suggestions?
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love drunk wrote:
71) 9/21/2009 5:19:37 PM
omg at times they even hurt. uhm sometimes shaving downward doesnt get all of the har but its the best solution after waxing.
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Improv lover wrote:
72) 10/4/2009 12:03:01 AM
i hear if you exfoliate the ingrown hair it will heal faster
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Rom wrote:
73) 10/9/2009 11:06:00 PM
I hate ingrown hairs! They hurt so bad, I like cry
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ilanniitt wrote:
74) 11/11/2009 11:50:31 PM
i will definitely try that!!
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alx09 wrote:
75) 11/16/2009 12:21:53 PM
Use plenty of hot water and a body scrub cleanser or a loofah.
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alliewithlove wrote:
76) 12/19/2009 9:49:32 PM
i have terrible ingrown hair on my belly after waxing it this summer worst idea.. now it December and my belly looks awful with ingrown hair spots .. it not pretty no more. i so mad . y did i do it. what would my bff say when he sees that my belly not pretty no more. ANY HOW. I USE TENDSKIN free SAMPLE ( BY CALLING THEM) AND IT DECREASE THE BUMPS TOOK REALLY LONG.. THEN I FOUND NO BUMP GGRX AT SALLY'S BEAUTY SUPPLY STORE FOR 8.99 WAY CHEAPER than tendskin it works until the bottle was empty but it took long maybe because i had really bad ingrown hair.
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mgirl wrote:
77) 1/17/2010 5:01:31 PM
Thanks so much for this post!!!!
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Kannykandy (: wrote:
78) 3/30/2011 4:13:14 PM
Thank you for the advice :) I struggle with my ingrown hairs. UGH. i really hate them !
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Michaela wrote:
79) 10/31/2011 9:33:26 PM
Ingrown hairs are definitely not exciting to get...I would let it heal itself.
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Michaela wrote:
80) 10/31/2011 9:33:40 PM
Ingrown hairs are definitely not exciting to get...I would let it heal itself.
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