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6 Best Products To Treat Annoying Ingrown Hairs (And How To Avoid Them In The First Place)

Prevention Logo By Leah Wynalek of Prevention | Slide 1 of 7: How To Get Rid Of A Ingrown Hair

If you like to keep things well-groomed, you’ve probably experienced the woes of unsightly red razor bumps. You know what we’re talking about: pesky ingrown hairs. As their name suggests, these stubborn lumps form when a hair grows back into the skin instead of outward. That usually happens after hair removal like waxing or shaving, especially if you’re not on top of replacing your razor regularly.

“If you’re shaving every day, you should be tossing your razor and getting a new one at least once a week,” advises Joel Schlessinger, MD, board-certified dermatologist and RealSelf contributor. “Dull blades are more likely to cause razor bumps, irritation, nicks, and cuts. Old blades can also harbor bacteria, which can lead to infections.”

And if you have curly hair, which naturally grows back toward the skin, you’re more likely to develop ingrown hairs, Schlessinger says. This explains why the bikini area, where hair tends to be coarser and curlier, is especially prone to inflamed razor bumps.

To stop irritating ingrowns in their follicles, try these four prevention strategies, and remember to always shave in the direction of the grain—in other words, the same direction that your hair grows, adds Schlessinger. Though shaving against the grain may give you a closer, smoother shave, it also increases your odds of getting ingrown hairs and razor burn, he cautions.

But what to do if you’ve already sprouted obnoxious razor bumps? One of these expert-approved ingrown hair treatment products can help you get that sucker out safely.

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