Ingrown hairs are new hairs that can’t quite break the surface of the skin, causing them to curl back on themselves before they leave the hair follicle. These hairs can also grow beneath the surface of the skin at a sideways angle.
You will be able to tell if you have ingrown hairs if you notice raised spots around hair follicles or otherwise inflamed areas around areas where hairs are growing. On occasion, ingrown hairs can become really inflamed and even infected.
What causes ingrown hairs?
Ingrown hairs are usually caused by shaving or waxing. Hairs become more likely to grow sideways or stuck under the skin if they are broken beneath the surface rather than being extracted cleanly from the root. However, some people are more prone to ingrown hairs than others.
How can I prevent ingrown hairs?
The best way to tackle ingrown hairs is to change the way you remove unwanted body hair. Instead of waxing or shaving all the time, try a more permanent solution such as laser hair removal treatment. You only need a few sessions before treatment is complete, and you shouldn’t have any more trouble with unsightly ingrown hairs.