1. What can we do to prevent ingrown hairs (around the bikini
area, legs, face, underarms, crease of neck)?
- Wash with an antibacterial soap to reduce bacteria around and in our hair follicles
- Change your razors routinely to avoid bacteria from building up on the blade that can spread bacteria into small nicks or cuts in your skin
- Consider using an antibacterial topical after shaving to reduce residual bacteria left on the skin after hair removal
2. What are the safest and most effective ways to help ingrown hairs and soothe irritation or shaving related rashes ?
To eliminate ingrown hairs and soothe the skin, understanding the cause of these issues is important. Ingrown hairs are often the result of infected or inflamed hair follicles. To reduce this tendency, taking steps to avoid excess irritation to reduce swelling and inflammation in the skin as well as possibly using an antibacterial lotion, gel or cream after shaving can help. Using aloe vera or other emollients can also serve to soothe the skin post shave.
3. Which methods of hair removal are suitable for women with sensitive skin? What can they do
differently to prevent soreness, burning, and irritation?
Truly any method of hair removal can be suitable if the right precautions are taken to soothe and protect the skin. However, threading or plucking tend to be ideal for the simple reason that these two methods do not impact the skin directly the way other hair removal methods do. Most hair removal methods such as shaving, depilatory creams and waxing irritate or inflame the skin in the process fo hair removal.
4. What are the most effective and painless ways for women to
remove facial hair?