what is ingrown hair?

Ingrown hair chart“Why do I have ingrowns?”  “How do I prevent ingrowns?” “I’ve never had ingrowns before, why do I have them now?” These are only a few examples of the questions that I get about the dreaded ingrown hair bump from clients that I see in my treatment room.

Everyone loves smooth silky skin. Hair removal services like waxing and laser hair reduction have grown in popularity over the last 20 years. According to a 2008 Zoomerang survey, the average American will spend more than $10,000 on hair removal products and services over the course of their lifetime.

Though we as a society have become somewhat obsessed with hairless skin, the reality is removing the hair for everyone does not always result in a smoother experience. The fact remains that their are people who are inherently prone to getting ingrowns. These nasty little bumps can show up at any time for any number of reasons. They are simply a side-effect of hair removal.

Skin FAQs: Ingrown hair is a condition where hair curls back or grows sideways into the skin. It is seen primarily among people who have thick, curly hair. It may or may not be accompanied by inflammation. While it most commonly appears in areas where the skin is shaved or waxed (beard, underarm, pubic region), it can appear anywhere. Causes vary, but shaving is the number one reason followed by waxing and wearing tight clothing.

While there is currently no cure for ingrown hair bumps, there are products and services that one can use that will ease the discomfort and reduce the amount of breakouts that can occur. Se-Brazil Bye Bump Green Cream and Princereigns Ingrown Hair Serum (sold at tandhoneywax.com) are our favorites.

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Author: Wholistic Skincare

Chicago-based natural skincare & beauty expert

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