How to Cure or Prevent Ingrown Hairs From Epilating

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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.

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.

Things You'll Need

  • Loofah or exfoliating scrub

  • Thick shaving gel or foam

  • Single-blade razor

  • Moisturizer

  • Salicylic acid

  • Tea tree oil

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