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How to Prevent and Treat Ingrown Hairs After a Brazilian Bikini Wax

March 23, 2010 by  
Filed under Beauty Tips, Brazilian Bikini Waxing, Waxing

Developing ingrown hairs after waxing is uncommon, however, for some people with very coarse, curly or unruly hair—it could happen.

Usually, ingrown hairs develop after shaving, or after tweezing if you break the hair or do not pull it from the root.  When you shave, you are actually cutting the hair at the skin’s surface, leaving it with a dull, flat top.  New skin cells can grow over the left over hair before it has a chance to grow above the surface again. When this happens, often times the flat top cannot poke through your skin cells, and the hair starts to curl and gets trapped under the skin.

Waxing however is much different.  When you wax, you are removing the entire hair from the root.  A new, fresh hair grows back with a pointed tip that can easily break through the skin’s surface, reducing the chance for ingrown hairs.  However, as I said, if you have very curly hair, there is a chance that the hair will grow and start to curl inwards before making it above the surface of the skin.  It can cause scarring, redness and swelling (its medical term is Pseudofolliculitis Barbae or PFB).

Which Products Will Treat Ingrown Hairs?

‘IN-GROW GOLD’ is the best product I found for my clients.

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A jar easily lasts for two months if used daily. Only a small amount is needed, the product is concentrated. (0.5oz / 14.2g)

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Salicylic acid is another one of the best treatments for ingrown hairs.  You can find it in almost any over-the-counter anti-acne treatment.  It is a dermatological-grade ingredient that exfoliates, moisturizes, clears pores and can help prevent infection. After waxing, apply a product salicylic acid so it remains on your skin the whole day.  Continue to do so for several days after waxing.

If you have ingrown hairs that are causing redness, swelling and pain, they can be carefully removed, by a professional.  Consider visiting your trusted skin care professional for help.  Using a warm compress and a buffing agent, the technician can gently exfoliate some of the dead skin away which is trapping the ingrown hair.  Then, she can gently free the tip of the hair.  Do not pluck the hair out until the hair has had a chance to fully grow and all redness and swelling has subsided

Preventing Ingrown Hairs

Ingrown hairs can be prevented through regular exfoliation.  Choose a product that is gentle enough for frequent use.  Exfoliate any areas where ingrown hairs tend to occur a few times a week.  This constant removal of dead skin cells will give your hair a better chance of growing through the surface.

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About Valentina Chistova

Valentina Chistova is a world-renowned aesthetician and beauty expert whose experience encompasses all facets of skin care and body treatments. Internationally trained, educated and certified, Valentina has devoted more than twenty years to her profession.

Valentina is a member of the National Cosmetology Association and a CIDESCO candidate (Comite International Desthetique et de Cosmetologie Desthetique), which is the highest degree of beauty therapy certification available in the United States and worldwide. Most recently, Valentina completed a rigorous training program with the Spanish organization Wontersaf, one of the world’s leading centers for trichology, capillary diagnostics and scalp and hair treatment to combat hair loss and other hair dysfunctions. Valentina also holds a Registered Nursing Degree from Kharkov State University and Cosmetology degrees from the Kharkov Medical Institute in the Ukraine and the Capri Institute of Cosmetology in New Jersey.

Valentina is the owner and director of skin care for Aquamedica Salon and Day Spa in Long Branch NJ.

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