True story. You just plucked, tugged, burned, scraped, or ripped the hair from your bikini line, only to replace it with ingrown hairs a mere 48 hours later. It's the hair removal mystery that has evaded women
Ingrown hairs develop as papules (small bumps), or pustules (pus-filled bumps), and is often preceded by itching and discomfort. Any type of hair removal can cause ingrown hairs, especially when the hair is removed from the follicle, or trimmed below the skin. If your hair is thick or curly, the chances of ingrown hairs increase, as it's likely that the hair will curl under the skin while it grows back. The body reacts as if the hair were a foreign object and produces symptoms to warn us; itching, redness, swelling. As if that weren't enough, ingrown hairs are often followed by hyperpigmentation.
So what's the secret to a smooth bikini line? We've got you covered.
Exfoliating the bikini area removes dead skin cells that have begun to scab (the skins healing mechanism) over the follicle. If the follicle is already inflamed, exfoliating dead skin cells allows sebum or pus to drain, and treatments
can reach the follicle easily. The trick to exfoliating is to do it regularly enough that you encourage cell turnover, lessening the potential for skin to harden over a follicle and cause an infection. Try every 2-3 days.
- Shave with a single blade
Here's what no one tells us about multi-blade razors. Multi blade razors are actually designed to cut hair below the skin. Hair that is cut below the skin = hair that has to grow back from below the skin = more chances for ingrown hairs. A single blade razor
skims the hair from the surface of the skin, leaving you just as smooth and with fewer opportunities for hair to be trapped beneath the skin.
Shaving with a great moisturizing lotion
is a great start, but aftercare is equally important. We probably don't pay much attention to actively moisturizing the bikini line, but a little goes a long way in keeping ingrown hairs at bay. (Yes, we rhyme sometimes)
Remember above when we mentioned scabbing? Moisturizing means less opportunity for dry skin to form a scab.
That's it. Just three simple tips to keep in mind and your bikini line will always be ready for an impromptu beach vacation