How to prevent ingrown hair

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No matter where or how you choose to remove body hair, you’ve probably already experienced physical – and mental – irritation caused by ingrown hair. They emerge when the tip of a hair grows back into the skin instead of outwards, causing irritation or inflammation. While there are ways to soothe and treat them when they pop up, the only real ingrown hair solution is knowing how you can prevent ingrown hair. Sticking to the right professional tools and knowing how to avoid what causes ingrown hair in the first place makes the best ingrown hair remedy.

What causes ingrown hair?

Ingrown hair occur when a hair curves and grows under the surface of the skin instead of growing outwards from the skin. Often, this is because the hair is blocked from surfacing by dead skin cells clogging up the follicle, meaning that it can only grow sideways. Ingrown hair are especially common with curly or coarse hair, like in the bikini area, or hair that’s just been shaved.

Ingrown hair look like small spots or pimples. Sometimes, you’ll be able to make out the line of the hair below the surface of the skin. They can be painful, itchy and collected together like a rash.

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What you need

Epilator Series 8000

Wet & Dry epilator

BRE710/00

Epilator Series 8000 Wet & Dry epilator

BRE710/00

Powerful epilation. Gentle on skin

Philips Epilator Series 8000 boasts powerful yet gentle epilation so you can achieve smoothness on your both lower legs in as little as 10 minutes. Enjoy benefits beyond just epilation with extra accessories. See all benefits

MRP: Rs.6,495.00

Powerful epilation. Gentle on skin

Philips Epilator Series 8000 boasts powerful yet gentle epilation so you can achieve smoothness on your both lower legs in as little as 10 minutes. Enjoy benefits beyond just epilation with extra accessories. See all benefits

Powerful epilation. Gentle on skin

Philips Epilator Series 8000 boasts powerful yet gentle epilation so you can achieve smoothness on your both lower legs in as little as 10 minutes. Enjoy benefits beyond just epilation with extra accessories. See all benefits

MRP: Rs.6,495.00

Powerful epilation. Gentle on skin

Philips Epilator Series 8000 boasts powerful yet gentle epilation so you can achieve smoothness on your both lower legs in as little as 10 minutes. Enjoy benefits beyond just epilation with extra accessories. See all benefits

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What is the best way to get rid of ingrown hair?

So far, so bad – but don’t jump to drastic measures of ingrown hair removal. Though it’s tempting to pick at it, this will probably make things worse. The only real ingrown hair solution is to leave it alone, stay patient and let it grow out by itself. If you really can’t leave it be, gently applying a warm compress to the area is the quickest way to get rid of ingrown hair gently. It’ll help the hair rise to the surface of your skin faster, speeding up the natural growing-out process.

How to prevent ingrown hair

Your daily skincare routine is the best place to start for an ingrown hair remedy, and the key is regular exfoliation! What causes ingrown hair most commonly is dead skin blocking the hair follicles after hair removal, which stops the hair from breaking through the skin and growing properly. Exfoliating often, especially before and after hair removal, can avert this issue. The Philips Satinelle Advanced Wet & Dry Epilator is ideal for use in the shower or the bath with an anti-slip grip. This way, you can easily exfoliate directly before and after use.

Choosing a good quality epilator is also crucial if you want to prevent ingrown hair, as is knowing how to use it. If your epilator is breaking hair rather than pulling them out whole, it’s more likely that they will grow back under the skin. The Philips Satinelle Essential Corded Compact Epilator and the Satinelle Advanced Wet & Dry Epilator both remove hair straight from the root so that you’re left with smooth skin for weeks and run less of a risk of producing irritating bumps. Read the product guide before using it for the first time and you’ll soon be gorgeously smooth and good to go!go!

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