Many of us know how frustrating it is to deal with pesky ingrown hairs, especially in summer when you always want to be beach ready. Ingrown hairs can occur whenever hair is removed from an area, whether you shave, wax, pluck or thread.

An ingrown hair is a hair follicle that, rather than growing straight through the skin, grows sideways and back under the skin – appearing as a small (sometimes puss-filled) red lump or pimple. Not only are they unsightly, they can also irritate the skin and become infected.

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However, look after your skin properly and you might see less of them. Here are a few ideas on how to avoid ingrown hairs and treat them if they appear.

Prevention – We recommend:

The Body Shop Shear Butter Scrub

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R140

Exfoliate the day before you wax, tweeze or shave. It is important to remove dead skin cells as they can block your pores, which means the hair follicle can’t break through the skin.

Bic Soleil Lady Shaving Gel

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R42.95

Always use a shaving gel or cream as it helps keep the skin soft.

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Super-Max Syrine 4-Blade Disposable Razors for Women

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R44.95

Replace razor blades after every 4-5 uses to make sure they work efficiently.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturizing Body Treatment 

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R310

Moisturize the skin regularly to keep it soft. Dry skin prevents the hair growing smoothly.

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Veet Wax Strips for Sensitive Skin

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R38.95

When waxing, opt for a natural or moisturising product that is perfect for sensitive skin.

Remedies – We recommend:

Tweezerman Gear Ingrown Hair Splinter Tweezer

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R250

Tweezers are the most common, and easiest, way to remove ingrown hairs. Look for a pair that is specifically shaped to remove ingrown hairs.

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Bio Oil Tissue Oil

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R95

Bio Oil can help improve the appearance of any scars caused by ingrown hairs.

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