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Here's How To Never Have Ingrown Hairs Ever Again

Do better, skin. Do better.

First things first: This is how ingrown hairs happen.

1. Don't pick at them with your fingers. Ever.

It can be so tempting, but the easiest way to make an ingrown hair worse is to pick at it. Picking at ingrown hairs inflames the area, and sometimes drives hair further into its reclusive bat cave (aka your skin). Your hands carry outrageous amounts of bacteria, and exposing an ingrown hair to that can cause further swelling, pain, or even infections. Just look at the stuff that grows on your phone. Gross.

Picking at the skin around an ingrown hair often leads to permanent scarring. The momentary satisfaction of getting that sucker out will not be worth it 20 years from now, trust me. Your skin deserves better, and future you will be grateful.

2. Apply acne medication to the area several times a day for a few days.

3. Gently exfoliate with salt or sugar scrubs.

4. Use sterilized tweezers to gently remove the hair.

5. Shave in the same direction that your hair grows.

6. Always exfoliate your skin immediately after shaving.

7. Use an ingrown hair serum after exfoliating your shaved skin.

8. Pat your skin dry instead of rubbing it.

And hey, don't bother shaving if you can.

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