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How to Cure or Prevent Ingrown Hairs From Epilating

author image Sharin Griffin
Sharin Griffin has been a freelance writer since 2009, specializing in health-related articles. She has worked in the health-care industry as a certified nursing assistant and medical technician. Griffin's medical expertise encompasses bariatrics and geriatric care, with an emphasis on general medicine. She is completing an associate degree in health-care administration from Axia University.
How to Cure or Prevent Ingrown Hairs From Epilating
A woman is using an epilator on her calves. Photo Credit: robertprzybysz/iStock/Getty Images

Epilators are small, handheld electrical hair removal devices designed to pull out individual hairs by the root. As these hairs are removed, the risk of developing ingrown hairs is higher. When your hair grows back, it may become trapped just underneath the hair follicle, causing pain and inflammation. You can prevent ingrown hairs from epilating by following a few simple steps before and after epilation.

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Step 1

Exfoliate your skin before epilation, suggests Columbia Health's website Go Ask Alice. Exfoliating with a loofah or exfoliating scrub loosens hairs and removes dry skin and other debris that blocks hair follicles. Exfoliation daily during bathing times will also help as hairs grow back.

Step 2

Shave your hair in lieu of epilating, periodically. Lather on a thick shaving foam or gel and shave in the direction of hair growth with a single-blade razor. Single-blade razors do not remove your hair too far below the skin's surface, states Natural Solutions.

Step 3

Moisturize your skin after epilating and after each shower. Opt for a moisturizer labeled noncomedogenic, meaning it does not clog your pores, states Columbia Health.

Step 4

Apply an over-the-counter salicylic acid lotion to your skin to unclog hair follicles and remove dead skin cells on the surface of your skin. After using your epilator, apply a thin film of salicylic acid and repeat the application once daily.

Step 5

Apply tea tree oil to your skin before and after epilating to prevent infections. Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic that is antifungal and antibacterial, reports CNN Health.

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