PreventionBy Mayo Clinic staff
To help prevent ingrown hairs, use hair removal methods that make ingrown hairs less likely.
If you shave:
- Wet the hair to be removed with warm water
- Avoid close shaves and consider using an electric razor
- Use a lubricating shave gel
- Use a single-blade razor
- Use a sharp blade
- Don't pull your skin taut while shaving
- Shave in the direction of hair growth
- Rinse the blade after each stroke
- Apply cool compresses to the shaved area when you're finished
Other methods of hair removal include:
- Electric razor. Avoid the closest shave setting.
- Chemical hair remover. The chemicals may irritate your skin, so test on a small area first.
- Eflornithine hydrochloride cream (Vaniqa). Not actually a hair remover, this prescription cream decreases hair regrowth in women when combined with another hair removal method.
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