Ingrown hairs occur when a hair (usually ones with a sharp tip) grows back into the skin. This can happen if a shaved hair has left the hair strand with a pointed tip, or if a waxed/tweezed hair has left a fragment in the follicle. Aside from being unsightly, painful, and extremely annoying, ingrown hairs that are frequently prodded by unsterilized needles and tweezers can be prone to infection. Even if you faithfully pluck or tweeze them as soon as they appear (which is not always a good idea), ingrown hairs can be a chronic problem if you do not follow some basic skin care tips!
Even though it may seem economical, using dull razors over and over again may be doing more harm than good for your skin. For example, dull razors may be only partially cutting your hairs or leaving existing hairs with pointed tips, making it more likely that hair fragments will growth beneath the skin or curl back into the skin. To minimize your chances of ingrown hairs, you should dispose of your razors after every 5-10 uses, especially if you have thick hairs or shave all over your body (DermMedica).
Despite decades of strides for equality, women still get declared as the weaker sex in certain areas. Razor blades are no exception. Yet, for the delicate bikini area, you’re better off using a man’s three- or five-blade razor than the single-blade women’s razor – and men’s shaving cream. Why? Less blades means more strokes, which equates to more chances for irritation and, ultimately, infection.
Tweezing or plucking hairs can still leave behind little hair fragments that may become embedded within the skin (Mayo Clinic). Even worse, tweezing or gouging out ingrown hairs (especially those embedded deep within your skin) can oftentimes lead to infection, scarring, or discoloration. You should only tweeze a hair if it is close to the skin’s surface, and even then it is better to have the procedure conducted by a dermatologist. If removing a hair at home, you should use a sterilized needle/pair of tweezers that were either cleansed with alcohol or passed through a flame, and make sure to clean your hands and ingrown hairs before tweezing them (Folliculitis Clinic).