Every woman, and man for that matter, loves smoothly shaven legs. However, if you are prone to ingrown hairs on the legs, this could mean that shaving becomes quite painful and not as smooth as you would like for it to be. It may also send you to the doctor if the ingrown hair swells up and a major infection sets into it. Hopefully, before it gets to that point, you can figure out which of these ten ways work for you to help get rid of them. There are in no specific order.
11. Try a Trimmer
Although razors are ubiquitous as body shaving tools, individuals with curly hair may find most razors impossible to use safely without encouraging the formation of more ingrown hairs.
Electric trimmers can be a huge improvement on the shaving process if you have experienced any issues with ingrown hairs as they can be set to cut hair close to your skin’s surface instead of underneath it. Using an electric trimmer allows you to get a fairly close shave without the high risk for painful, infected hair follicles. Give these devices a try to see if you can completely ditch your usual razor altogether.
10. Major Ingrown Issues
If you already have an ingrown hair that is swollen, filled with infection, and is painful, your only real option may be a doctor or a dermatologist. For the infection to go away, you must get the hair out. By the time it is really swollen, it may mean a small incision is the only way to help it come out.
9. Exfoliate using Salt
Mix a little salt into your water then scrub your legs gently. The rocks in the salt will dig in slightly so that all of the dirt, oil, and dead skin will let the hair come free. It is not an overnight solution, so do not expect results right away. But some people do feel that salt has the ability to heal.
8. Exfoliate using Sugar
Sugar works the same as the salt to remove dead skin cells and other stuff that may clog pores so that the hair cannot come out freely. Just mix it with water or olive oil and your skin will be much smoother because of the extra moisture.
7. Acne Medication
An ingrown hair on your legs works about the same as a pimple on your face, especially if there is a little pus around the hair follicle. Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid both work to remove swelling, which may allow the hair to grow out instead of continuing to grow on the skin.
6. Tooth Paste
It sounds a little weird, but tooth paste has many purposes that go far beyond fresh breath and white teeth. Most people do not realize that it can work to reduce pimples as well as ingrown hairs on your legs. Just dab a little on and it will dry up the infection, clean the pore and help the ingrown hair find its way out.
5. Warm Compress
This method softens skin and allows the hair to come to the surface, where you may be able to get to it. It may also just come out naturally due to the softened skin and cleaner pores. If after ten minutes or so you still cannot see the hair, you may need to see a doctor to get help.
4. Tweeze It.
Tweezers can pull the hair out if you are able to see it. This method will work best if you combine it with the compresses in order to bring it to the surface. You may also need to use a needle if it comes to the surface but it is still under a layer of skin. Make sure the tweezers or needle are clean before using it, because the last thing you need is a dirty needle digging around in an already infected area.
3. Prevention Works Best
Be sure to use an antiseptic or a topical solution to areas that are prone to ingrown hairs. You may also want to avoid tight clothes on that area because the tight clothes may make it harder for the stubble to come through the skin properly. All it takes is one tiny stubble of hair to turn and go the wrong direction, and you will end up with a potential ingrown hair in that area.
2. Moisturize before You Shave
If you are prone to ingrown hairs, use a moisturizer or wet sponge to soak the legs before you start shaving. If you take the extra time to do this, it will soften the hair, as well as the skin, to make it easier for the hair to grow back. It works by ensuring the shaved hairs are more rounded.
1. Avoid Close Shaves
Avoid shaving close to the skin and against the grain of the hair or avoid shaving certain ingrown hair prone areas completely. The thing that causes ingrown hair problems on your legs is because when you shave, you eliminate the hair completely above the skin. It takes it down below the skins surface and this is when you feel the smoothest. If you leave slight stubble instead, the hair will be guaranteed to grow through the top layers of skin and not curve back into the pore. This eliminates the potential for trouble with ingrown hairs.