I won’t identify any of you (because, let’s face it, ingrowns are NOT sexy,) but let’s just say that a few of you have emailed me with questions about products to use post-waxing to prevent the dreaded condition.
The keys to alleviate your issue are a combination of glycolic acid (reduces dead skin buildup,) and salicylic acid (which reduces inflammation.) Both help the hairs just shove on through with no issue and it also soothes skin after waxing, so you don’t get irritation or bumps.
Gals, I am here to help. Here are five – yes, FIVE – recommendations for products you can use to keep yourself from getting all Lumpy, Bumpy and Uncomfortable (the three dwarves that didn’t make the cut, evidently) down under:
Bliss Ingrown Eliminator Pads ($10 – $38, available via Bliss and Sephora) – In my opinion, bliss has the corner on the market on waxing and hair removal anything. These pads are a staple of my waxing routine as well. I highly recommend them.
Completely Bare Don’t Grow There Body Balm ($9.99, available via Completely Bare) – I love anything that moisturizes skin AND prevents hair from coming back and this balm contains some all-important ingredients (namely Capislow) to help the ingrowns from starting in the first place. Also a post-wax staple.
Shaveworks The Cool Fix ($11 – $25, available via Sephora) – Learned about this from an ex, have kept it in the medicine cabinet ever since. Since this is an actual gel and not a pad, you can slap it on anywhere that ails you (read: legs, underarms, wherever.)
DermaDoctor KP Duty Body Scrub ($44, available via Beauty.com) – OK, so your waxer has most likely told you that you need to exfoliate the area regularly to avoid ingrowns, but some of us have skin that’s tougher than others. Rather than scratching yourself raw, invest in a pot of this medical-grade exfoliant that can help remove the top layer of skin to prevent lumps and bumps. This stuff is amazing, it works on body acne, keratosis pilaris (chicken skin), shaving bumps, ingrown hairs, and bleaching issues without irritating.
Neutrogena Body Clear Body Scrub ($5.59, available via Walgreens) – OK, so hear me out on this one. Body scrubs help get rid of dead skin cells, and this one contains salicylic acid, which can get rid of body acne. If you’re got a body scrub that already handles one of your issues (read: inflammation), you might try it to resolve your ingrown problem as well, followed with an actual ingrown treatment like the ones seen above.
Have at it, gals, and be sure to share with your friends and the dudes in your life that are suffering from ingrowns and razor burn. You’re such a giver, right? 🙂
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