Ingrown hairs can be unsightly and even painful. Oftentimes redheads can get ingrown hairs from shaving, but they can occur on their own. Ingrown hairs occur when hair gets trapped under the redhead skin and typically go away on their own. But, they can get infected and are common amongst redheads with sensitive skin, so keep an eye on them.
How to prevent ingrown hairs
It’s hard to prevent ingrown hairs completely, but there are a few tips you can incorporate into your routine to help keep them at a minimum.
- Wash and exfoliate – Cleansing the skin properly and exfoliating will help to reduce the risk of ingrown hairs.
- Change razor heads regularly – Using a dull razor can be the cause of ingrown hairs, so make sure you’re using a sharp clean razor and rinsing it well between uses.
- Use a lubricant when shaving – Dry shaving can cause not only ingrown hairs but razor burn as well. Always use some sort of shaving cream, gel, or soap when shaving.
How to treat ingrown hairs
If you’ve already got some ingrown hairs, you might be wanting to get rid of them or ease some of the pain, swelling, and redness.
- Don’t pick at it – It can be tempting to pick at an ingrown hair, but this can cause infection and irritation. If you’re dead set on releasing the hair yourself make sure you wash your hands, use clean tools and avoid too much pressure or force.
- Use sea-salt or herb-infused spray – After shaving (especially if you’re a redhead guy) use a sea-salt or herb spray to naturally kill any bacteria. This little trick can do wonders for redhead skin.
- Use a hot compress – Warm compresses can relieve some of the pain and also soften the skin to allow the hair to release. You can also gently use the washcloth to exfoliate and massage the area.
- Stop shaving and waxing – It’s best to stop shaving and waxing in the area where you have the ingrown hair until it has gone away. Further hair removal can cause irritation on sensitive skin.
Rock it like a Redhead!