Epilating is the act of removing unwanted body hair directly from the root. Temporary forms of epilation include tweezing, waxing, threading and using an epilator. Electrolysis and laser are both forms of permanent epilation. Unfortunately, epilation does not come without some downfalls; one of these is ingrown hairs. Ingrown hairs occur when hair, traumatized by epilation, curls and pierces through the lower but not outer layer of skin, causing sores and pimple-like bumps that are painful and embarrassing.
Things You'll Need
- Body scrub
- Witch hazel
- Cotton ball
- Noncomedogenic lotion
- Salicylic acid
Before epilating, take a warm shower. This will not only soften the hairs, but the steam will help open your pores, making it easier to remove hair. In turn, this will help stop ingrown hairs.
Use a loofah to apply a body scrub to the area you will be epilating. The combination of the loofah and the scrub will exfoliate the skin, removing dead skin cells that can potentially build up and clog pores, causing ingrown hairs.
Dampen a cotton ball with witch hazel or any other mild astringent after epilating and rub lightly over the area where the hair has been removed. Avoid alcohol-based astringents and aftershaves, as these can sting and cause more irritation.
Apply a noncomedogenic lotion. Make sure that the lotion does not contain fragrance or is too greasy or heavy; this can clog the pores.
Apply salicylic acid, a common acne treatment, to the area every few days. This will help the body shed dead skin and keep pores from clogging. Reduce use if your skin begins to dry out or flake excessively.