Expert Reveals the Best Exfoliators for Ingrown Hairs

Expert Reveals the Best Exfoliators for Ingrown Hairs ...

Anya Stassiy, a dermatology physician assistant and owner of High Point Medspa, believes ingrown hairs may develop anywhere hair grows. These include products that are safe and effective for sensitive skin, such as salicylic acid and glycolic acid.

"Ingrown hairs arise because the skin heals quicker over the growing hair than the hair itself." When the hair is exposed to the overlaying skin, it continues to grow, but instead curls upward. The body produces an inflammation, which causes a bump and redness trying to push the hair out to the surface. Exfoliating oils will assist in both prevention and management.

"Mehr blades in your razor will give you a better shave, but also more ingrown hairs," Stassiy adds. An electric razor (for your face) might also help.

Scroll on to discover six of the best ingrown hair products, from toners to scrubs to spot treatments and beyond.

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The Expert

Anya Stassiy, PA-C, is a dermatology physician assistant, owner of High Point Medspa, and a dermatology physician assistant practicing in New Jersey.

Exfoliating Toner: The Best in the World 1.

Also available at Kohls for $28

This Jack Black toner includes two essential chemical exfoliants, salicylic acid and lactic acid, as well as skin-soothing ingredients, including aloe, chamomile, and allantoin, which are non-allergenic and shouldn't irritate sensitive skin. Apply it with a cotton pad anywhere from one to three times a day to keep your skin smooth and bump-free.

A Glowing Review: It really works. [...] It takes a week or two but it will dramatically reduce the incidence of ingrown hair or razor burns. Added bonus: it will reduce the incidence of acne as well. It's most noticeable when I stop using this product for a week or two. The razor burn returns.

2.A More Affordable Alternative

$15 is also available on iHerb.

Here's another fantastic leave-on exfoliant, but it's almost $10 cheaper. Hyaluronic acid aids in restoring hydration, vitamin C promotes a brighter complexion, and witch hazel, a natural astringent, aids in skin tightening.

A Glowing Review: I shave my head and, like a lot of people, I can get razor burn or bumps. This works after I shave, two squirts, and no more razor burn, no more bumps. Saw a difference in 4-5 days.

The Best Exfoliating Body Scrub

Also available on Sephora, $30.

First Aid Beauty's KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub works by lifting up hairs and eliminating dead skin layers so the hairs can grow out rather than in. It's also fragrance-free, vegan, and cruelty-free.

A Glowing Review: This scrub is gold in a bottle, and it's the only one I've ever used that's successfully kept away any ingrowns or bumps. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

The Best Exfoliating Facial Pads

Walmart has additional pricing available for $25.

QRxLabs' resurfacing pads are a quick and pain-free way to exfoliate your skin. They include antioxidants such as B5, C, and E. Though you may use them on your body, they're technically intended for use on your face.

A Glowing Review: This medication has been helpful in addressing an area on my jawline that has a chronic problem with ingrown hairs. It has begun to help smooth out the area of chronic inflammation.

The Best Exfoliating Oil

$52 is also available on Dermstore.

This vegan toner, which is a bit thinner in consistency than the ones on this list, is suitable for everyone on the body to treat and prevent stubborn ingrown hairs. Besides, jojoba and grapeseed oils are also included in this vegan formula to help also hydrate and moisturize your skin.

A Glowing Review: I used to have the worst ingrown hairs on my bikini line, but now they have drastically decreased (even my waxer said so). I purchased a little exfoliating brush to accompany it as well.

6.The Best Spot Treatment To Heal Existing Ingrowns

Also available on Ulta for $18

"Differin gel," which used to be a prescription medication but now is available online, is a retinoid that will help to exfoliate the skin, according to Stassiy, who suggests using it on bumps or ingrowns that have become red, irritated, or inflamed. You'll also get a ton of use out of this tiny tube, which is mostly intended to treat acne.

A Glowing Review: Used this on an ingrown hair that I had. Went away in about a week. The description of the product did not overstate its purpose.

This article was published on November 8, 2020.

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