Ingrown leg hairs usually result in inflamed hair follicles, folliculitis along with pimple-like red dots. This makes you self-conscious about your strawberry legs.
This article will show you how to treat ingrown leg hairs and prevent them from coming back.
Ingrown hairs are more common in people with curly or coarse hair. They are more likely to develop when the hairs are trimmed very short at high-friction body areas. On the legs, ingrown hairs won’t cause complications but they may cause appearance issues. Without proper hygiene and hair removal, this problem may get out of hand and become very difficult to deal with.
How to eliminate ingrown leg hairs?
Ingrown hairs on the legs may resolve on their own in some people. If this is the case, it is best that you still take preventative steps as directed by cosmetic specialists to make sure they don’t come back.
However, many people see the tip of the hair outside their skin and they often remove them by plucking, shaving or other hair removal methods.
So how to remove ingrown hairs safely? Here is Thea’s recommended process:
- Wash the affected area with soap and warm water. Exfoliate it if necessary.
- Apply a warm, wet washcloth on the area with ingrown hairs for about a minute. This helps open the follicles.
- Use sterilized tweezers to gently and quickly pluck the hairs out of your legs to remove the roots. Wash your legs once again with warm water. If you experience pain, apply a warm cloth on the affected area to relieve the irritation.
Do not try to pull out an ingrown hair that is still under the skin as this can cause infection. This may also push the hair deeper into your skin, which makes it harder for your skin to heal.
How to prevent ingrown leg hairs?
1. Exfoliate your skin
Dirt, oils, and dead skin cells can clog your follicles, preventing hairs from growing out of the skin. Removing these can unclog the hair follicles, and hence, reduce the risks of ingrown hairs.
You can exfoliate your skin with a body wash or use a loofah to remove dirt and dead skin cells. The truth is, skin exfoliation helps pull the ingrown hairs out of your skin so they can continue growing. This helps prevent folliculitis.
2. Use a dry bush
You can eliminate dead skin cells and reveal the softer skin layer underneath by brushing it with a dry, long-bristled brush in circular motions. This allows the hairs to “sprout” outside of the skin, preventing ingrowns.
3. Use a shaving cream or gel
Shaving your hair with a razor creates friction between the razor and your skin. Too much friction can result in inflammation and irritation. Using shaving cream adds moisture, reduces friction, and prevent razor burn.
There are many different types of shaving creams containing different ingredients. In particular, the chemicals and fragrances found in certain types can result in irritation and many other skin problems. If you have sensitive skin, take the type of shaving cream you use into consideration. Opt for natural products with herbal ingredients if possible.
4. Choose the right razor
Ingrown leg hairs can also indicate that you are using the wrong type of razor.
It is best that you choose a razor that can glide smoothly across your skin and doesn’t miss any hairs. If the razor leaves half shaved hairs, you will need to shave once or more times. This increases friction, and hence, heighten the risk of ingrown hairs.
Replace your razor regularly and avoid using rusted, discolored ones. A rusted razor is a bacteria source that can enter the small nicks and cuts created during shaving and cause infection.
Keep the following razor using tips in mind to ensure safe shaving and prevent ingrown hairs:
- Always use a clean, sharp razor. Never use razors with signs of rust.
- Rinse the razor blade with rubbing alcohol after every use.
- Do not overuse disposable razors.
- Limit shaving. It is okay to let leg hairs grow for a while.
5. Safe laser hair removal
Laser hair removal is a common cosmetic procedure for many people. Lasers can eliminate unwanted hair in many body areas
It is important that you choose a trustworthy beauty clinic regarding both service quality and the expertise of cosmetic specialists.
To ensure a safe procedure and optimal results, your specialist will discuss with you all the skincare steps before, during, and after the laser removal. The expertise and experience of your specialist decide the quality of the information you’ll receive.
There are many ways to remove leg hairs. You don’t need to bother too much about the ingrown hairs on your leg if they are not too severe or not causing you much trouble. On the contrary, if these ingrown hairs shake your confidence or cause skin problems, don’t hesitate to remove them at home or seek professional help.