Whether you shave or wax, use sugaring or electrolysis, or prefer laser hair removal to get rid of hair on the face or body, you probably have at one time experienced razor burn, irritation, red bumps, or ingrown hairs. Here’s what to know to minimize irritation following any methodology of hair removal.
What causes irritation, bumps, or ingrown hairs?
This happens following any hair removal treatment, when the new hair is trying to grown and pierce the skin, but instead becomes trapped under the skin because of dead skin clogging up the hair follicles. This tends to be more frequent for people who have thick, curly, coarse hair.
Is there anything to do before hair removal to prevent this?
- Your skin should be healthy and clean before any hair removal treatment.
- If you exfoliate regularly, do so gently, and preferably not on the day you are going to shave or wax.
- Don’t use your retinol products for 2-3 days before your (facial) hair removal treatment.
- If shaving daily, make sure to warm up your skin before using your razor as this will help to open up the hair follicles and soften the keratin plugs.
What about after waxing, shaving, or laser hair removal?
- Use an anti-inflammatory soothing gel to help heal the skin post hair removal. We swear by our Skin Repair Gel, for face, neck, scalp, and body.
- In the case of body hair removal, avoid any super tight clothing that might rub on the treated area for a day or two.
- Avoid hot baths or showers for 24 hours following your hair removal treatment (again, this is particularly relevant to body hair removal).