Put your best face forward. Sure, sure, you’ve heard that phrase before. But hard to do when a dreaded ingrown hair has camped out on your face. It’s annoying, it’s painful and a total mood wrecker. And ladies, don’t think this happens only to men. Ingrown hairs don’t discriminate. And they crop up in places other than, say, the bikini line area. They can easily occur on your face (bummer, we know), growing into your skin instead of toward the surface. These hairs also tend to develop when the buildup of dead skin cells clog hair follicles. (Again, a bummer.)
So how to avoid ingrown hairs, particularly on your face? We have a few recs to try RN.
How to Prevent Ingrown Hairs on Your Face
- Wash your face daily using a mild cleanser.
- Take your cleansing routine a step further and exfoliate a few times a week. (Even a gentle scrub will help slough away dry, dead skin cells and help stop ingrown hairs.)
- Keep face void of any heavy creams/lotions and/or makeup pre-wax appointment.
- Don’t be shy: Speak to your Wax Specialist about any medications you’re taking or sensitivities-slash-allergies you may have.
- If you’re truly concerned about inflammation or irritation, apply a warm compress to open pores pre-appointment…
- …and a cool compress to calm and soothe post-wax.
- Just as you would to prevent ingrown hairs in other areas of the body, nix anything involving heat and sweat following your wax appointment. Avoid hot baths, showers, workouts, saunas, etc. for 24 hours.
- Hands off—this could lead to redness or even infection (yikes).
- You may want to say no to makeup for about a day following a wax, particularly if your skin is sensitive.