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In-growns be Gone!

Ingrown hairs have to be the single most irritating obstacle to hair removal. Before I became an epilation expert I too suffered from the agony of angry intimate skin. The itch, inflammation, and irritation is a special kind of pain in the behind for sure; but banishing them for good is possible, keep reading.

What is an ingrown hair?

An ingrown hair is a hair grown beneath the surface of the skin. This condition occurs when a hair that has been previously removed or cut, has become trapped beneath the skin upon regrowth as a result of keratinization, or the re-growth exiting the epidermis and re-entering the dermis nearby. Frequently encountered after epilatory, or depilatory service, symptoms may include raised, inflamed hair folicles or surrounding skin, local infection indicated by swelling and pus, itching and discomfort in the area in which the condition presents may also be experienced. Clients presenting with sensitive skin types, highly textured or coarse hair may encounter this condition more regularly than others.

Practices to prevent ingrown hairs- nothing is more effective than being proactive in this scenario. preparing to experience them is the method for mitigation. Preparing the skin both pre-hair removal service, and maintaining proactive practice after-care will inhibit ingrown induction.

Exfoliating- ensuring that there is no over keritinized skin cells on the surface of your skin will allow for clean and complete removal of the hair without obstacle. Ridding the surface of the area to under-go treatment of shed cells (dead skin) will allow the wax to adhere as closely to the folicle as possible, allowing for thorough extraction of the hair and preventing breakage which contributes to in-growns.

Moisturizing- hydrated skin will respond best to hair removal attempts of any type. Dry skin can be tight and irritated which exacerbates trauma during any removal service. Waxing dry skin can contribute to skin lifting followed by rapid micro wound healing- (accelerated cellular activity in response to trauma based on your body's own natural ability to heal itself) which leads to in-growns. The same applies to more permanent hair removal options like electrolysis and laser hair reduction. Dry skin will not conduct current well during electrolysis, and the client may experience more discomfort during and post treatment. Dry skin may lead to heightened sensitivity to thermal energy making treatments less tolerable, and leaving additional post treatment irritation alongside an increased risk of hyperpigmentation. .

Keep clean- Arriving to your appointment with skin free of products and sweat will mitigate additional irritation. As tempting as it may be DO NOT touch freshly waxed skin with bare hands. Excessive touching post wax can transfer bacteria to skin vulnerable to infection.

Keep calm- Applying aloe or cortisone post treatment can speed micro wound healing and soothe the treatment area minimizing inflammation. Avoiding hot showers, sex, and additional product application to the freshly wax area post service for 48hrs is a good idea. This limits further post wax irritation.

Maintenance- Maintenance includes keeping the area clean and free of bacteria (clean cotton underwear/breathable shapewear/gym-clothes) and applying a topical your service provider suggests as directed in addition to regular hygiene routines.

Go Pro- selecting a competent professional is paramount to your success. Selecting a provider that is knowledgeable and accessible for regular treatments, is so much more important than selecting a professional that is popular or one that uses glitter wax (plot twist unnecessary additives only add to the risk of ingrowns). Technique matters, and poor technique can definitely lead to more ingrown hairs, as could poor practice sanitation, so cleanliness counts.

A skilled hair removal specialist with experience has seen this condition nearly daily and can best advise you on how to treat your skin as well as provide the hair removal service that works best for your condition.

You should know that- A disorder commonly found alongside the presentation of highly inflamed intimate skin and ingrown hairs is Hidradenitis suppurativa. HS is a non-contagious chronic inflammatory skin disorder characterized by painful nodules, abscesses, and scarring. The condition starts to develop with hair follicle blockage, followed by rupture and inflammation. Hidradenitis suppurativa is not caused by infection or poor hygiene. If you have HS your doctor may advise getting laser hair removal to minimize the condition going forward. Read more about our luxury laser lineup and the treatments they can provide to help you overcome this condition here:

Our lead esthetician is highly experienced and has been providing both permanent and semi-permanent hair removal service for over 16 yrs. With the help of board certified physicians she has developed a serum that not only meets the needs of the skin on your face but also the skin in the most intimate place. Serum Miraclè by Préserver la Peau is a clinically effective topical that gently exfoliates the epidermis chemically with no irritation and was specifically formulated to be equally as efficacious in the prevention of ingrown hairs when applied as directed post hair removal treatment. Purchase our multi-tasking miracle serum here:

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