Ingrowing hairs usually isn’t too much of a big problem when it occurs. They can appear as just a small pimple that can be barely noticeable. However, if you are a picker then these little problems. And can become deep scars from trying to ‘dig’ them out of your skin. Or the ingrowing hairs have the potential to become very painful and sore. Along with the possibility of scarring, even sometimes leading to operations to have them surgically removed. They are best to avoid all together for the general health and vitality of your skin. These little irritants can be found anywhere on your body or face, as long as there is hair. Ingrowing hairs are most common on the face, underarms, groin and legs, as the hairs tend to be stronger in these areas.
Ingrowing hairs are usually more common in people with thick curly hair, though not exclusive to them. And are caused when the hair breaks away very close to the skin (most commonly caused by shaving, tweezing and sometimes waxing). Hair left in the skin can bend or curl the wrong way, and then become lodged under the skin’s surface rather than facing outward. Our skin and body assume this is a foreign body and will become irritated trying to reject it. This is why the skin can become inflamed and red, often the area surrounding the hair can fill up with puss or a white substance.
Here we have some easy tips to avoid ingrowing hairs and keep your skin smooth and healthy in just a few steps.
Exfoliating is key to maintaining healthy skin and avoiding ingrowing hairs. Exfoliating your skin at least once a week clears away dead skin cells that can stay on your skin if not washed properly. Dead skin cells create an obstruction so that your hairs can’t leave the skin and can cause them to bend into the skin instead. If you wax or tweeze your hair, you should aim to exfoliate at least 3 times a week to make sure to avoid ingrowing hair.
Another advantage to regular exfoliation is that it can also make waxing much smoother. As all of the hair will be removed together and can also lead to being hair free for longer.
Using separate body scrubs and facial scrubs is also an important piece of advice. Most body scrubs you will find in your local beauty shop or high street will be much harsher on your skin in comparison to facial scrubs. Harsher chemicals on your facial skin can cause irritation and breakouts, and in turn lead to more ingrowing hairs.
On the topic of scrubs, aim to use a biodegradable scrub for exfoliating. This ensures no harmful micro-beads are washed back into our oceans and is a big help to avoid plastic waste. If you’re looking for the perfect biodegradable scrub for your beauty needs. We stock a fantastic scrub called Ruff Stuff, which comes in a range of scents and is high quality for a great price.
Moisturise daily and every time you have a wash. If you moisturise this will keep you skin nice and soft. This will in turn help the hair to come out of the skin and prevent any excessive in growing hairs.
If these simple tips above are still not working to treat your ingrowing hairs, or you already have one that is irritated and persistent. We also stock a fantastic product aimed at treating ingrowing hairs. Ingrow Go not only exfoliates the skin to prevent ingrowing hairs. It also includes ingredients that help sterilise pores, reduce swelling and remove dry skin cells.
Exfoliating and moisturising should get rid of most ingrowing hairs. Although sometimes there are some tough ones. Which are sometimes very painful irritating ingrowing hair. Ingrow go should help with these. However if they are very severe you must see your GP to get medical help. But the main thing I must advise is do not pick any ingrowing hair, you could make it worse than it is.
We really hope that the above bits of advice will help to keep those pesky ingrown hairs at bay and help keep your skin healthier and feeling good. If you still have any questions or concerns about your skincare needs and would like to arrange a personal consultation. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch today!
I often hear this statement. Or, "I’m not very good with my cleansing routine."
A good cleansing routine for one person is not necessarily good for another.
A good cleansing routine has many different factors for each individual person. If you read different glossy magazines each one will tell you something different you should be doing to have the perfect skin.
I am not going to tell you what you should and shouldn’t be doing. This is down to your personal needs, time and finance. What works for me are simple guidelines to a basic routine, if you would like more information please contact me and I can answer your questions.
I personally think the longer it takes to do your skin care routine the less likely you will do this on a long term basis. If my skin care takes longer than 5 minutes, I guarantee I will not keep up with it. So a nice face wash with a face cloth, wash on, wash off is perfect for me.
Cleanse your skin first thing to freshen up, and wash off the make-up or dirt and grime from the day's pollution is a sensible routine to follow.
I prefer a good face wash, I like to use water to wash off my face wash. My face wash of choice is Alumier MD Purifying Gel Cleanser, no need to use a toner after, and it feels nice and fresh.
After the face wash, a moisturiser that suits your Skin Type is always good to help with your skin's PH balance.
If you have any concerns with your skin i.e. ageing, pigmentation or acne, it is always good to use a serum under your moisturiser to help combat the problem.
I suffer from redness around my mouth and nose (due to poor choices in makeup years ago) and now I use Calm-R to help tone down the redness.
Serums can help with specific problems you may be concerned with. This is because they contain highly active ingredients, concentrated for the specific issue it has has been designed and tested for.
It's also fine to build up serums if you have more than one concern.
Always cleanse your skin at night before you go to bed, or if you're too tired then when you get home from work.
Cleansing in the evening ensures that you wash all the makeup off from the day. And if you have been outside, washing off all the dirt and pollution. After cleansing in the evening, a retinol serum for anti-ageing is best applied then. As retinol is an ingredient that works best out of sunlight.
WARNING Please do not use face wipes. Wipes will only move the daily pollution or make-up around your skin and not take it off. Most wipes also contain tiny beads of plastic that are bad for the environment and killing sea life.
There is a huge debate over how often should you have a shower.
If you google this, there are many arguments for whether you should shower once a week, twice a week, or daily. But they do all say, make sure you strip wash daily.
Now I'm not going to get into this debate, my blog is my opinion and I prefer to shower every morning, it helps to wake me up and get me prepared for the day. Though washing hair is not a daily thing, as my hair is way too soft for that!
Cleanse your skin with a good shower gel. Soaps are alkaline, so you can strip away the oil from your skin. This causes it to feel tight and can dry out over time. Soaps also harbour a lot of bacteria on them. I have recently found a daily body scrub that you can use in the shower, that helps with ingrowing hairs. Its base is coconut oil, which leaves silky smooth skin, which means for quickness it's not necessary to put body lotion on after.
However, I like to moisturise my skin after every shower or bath as water can sometimes make the skin feel tight. This can happen after a really hot shower or bath, the hot water can strip the natural oils from your skin causing dryness and can flare up eczema too. For normal skin an emollient is good and for dry skin, body oil is good to restore some oils into the skin
Another comment I hear a lot is, "I don’t like my feet, they’re ugly!"
My response is always, "What do you do with them?"
Most people don’t like their feet and therefore do not touch them. Now, they are not going to get better by ignoring them.
Your feet are the most used part of your body, why not treat them to a bit of TLC.
Have a regular pedicure. But also take 30 seconds to pop a bit of body lotion on them daily and I assure you you will see a difference within a week.
As you can tell, I try not to take too long on a good cleansing routine. I am a mother of two small children and run an aesthetic clinic. I want the best routine in the fastest time.
If you would like help to define your perfect routine or would like to know what products are best for your Skin Type - or do you want to know your Skin Type?
Book for a free consultation and I can help with these questions.