Ingrown hairs are pretty much a fact of life for some people. If you’re fed up and looking for a solution we’ve got a couple of treatments that just might help. Firstly let’s take a look at what causes an ingrown hair.

What causes ingrown hairs?

An ingrown hair is a hair which has curled in on itself and grown back under the skin surface. They can happen if the hair follicle is clogged stopping the hair from growing out of the follicle in a conventional way. The hair is forced sideways growing into the skin. The result is usually a raised red spot which can be itchy and sore and can, on occasion, turn into a pus-filled sore. Anyone can get them but people with coarse or curly hair are more susceptible. Areas where you might shave, are also more likely to see ingrown hairs; beards, legs, armpits and pubic areas.

What can we do to help?

Exfoliate. A clogged hair follicle caused by a build-up of dead skin cells can be rectified with exfoliation to remove the dead skin. Women suffering from irritated skin on the bikini line would benefit from a course of SkinBase microdermabrasion to exfoliate and unblock pores and prevent future occurrences. For men, a treatment like microdermabrasion will not only help to prevent any ingrown hairs from shaving but will also exfoliate the dead skin build up that might be present around the hair follicle. That rough, bumpy feeling will be buffed away leaving soft smooth skin and stop any pesky ingrown hairs. In between treatments, an at-home exfoliant should be used to prevent any build up. Book yours now.

Prevention

Hair removal methods like waxing and shaving can cause or exasperate ingrown hairs. With SkinBase IPL permanent hair reduction the hair follicle is disabled and unable to produce a new hair. To achieve the most permanent results a course of treatments is required. Typically 6-10 treatments may be needed at intervals of 4-6 weeks to see long-lasting results. Any hair re-growth you do have will be softer and finer than before reducing the likelihood of ingrown hairs or any hairs for that matter! Contact us for more details of your nearest SkinBase IPL clinic.

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