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Pluck, wax, or shave your way to smooth skin with the help of these Howcast videos.
You Will Need
- Exfoliating scrub
- Shower gel
- Shaving cream or hair conditioner
- Sharp razor
- Salt-based exfoliating scrub (optional)
- Exfoliating scrub with salicylic acid (optional)
- Waxing (optional)
Don't pluck it
Never pluck an ingrown hair; it can spread bacteria, leading to infection and possible scarring.
Exfoliate and moisturize
Moisturize daily and exfoliate regularly -- daily or every other day as long as you're using a gentle exfoliant; weekly if you have sensitive skin. Keeping skin moist may help a wayward hair find its way out of the follicle on its own. If it doesn't, have a licensed aesthetician remove it.
Wash with shower gel
Always wash before shaving, as dirt can lead to ingrown hairs. Use bath gel instead of bar soap, which is more likely to leave a film that can clog follicles.
Rub hair the right way
Cleanse skin in an upward, circular motion; this helps prevent hair from growing inward by sweeping it up and away from the way it grows.
Soften skin before shaving
Soften skin before shaving with either a cream made for that purpose or hair conditioner, and use a sharp razor. A dull blade on dry skin increases the chance that hair will curl back into the skin or grow sideways.
Rinse skin with cold water
Rinse your skin with very cold water after shaving to make pores contract; then briskly dry with a clean towel to help exfoliate the area.
Switch to waxing
Consider switching to waxing; it removes the hair at the root, reducing the chance that it will curl back into the skin.