How to naturally prevent ingrown hairs

If you have experienced ingrown hairs you will know just how annoying and painful they can sometimes be.

The “root” cause of ingrown hairs is usually due to shaving or waxing. When the hair is cut or removed from the hair follicle, the new hair sometimes grows in an irregular way and doesn’t proceed through your skin naturally. The hair can get clogged and grow irregularly within the skin causing a swollen area or bump.

Natural Remedies for Ingrown Hairs

So what are the best home remedies for ingrown hairs?

Both men and women suffer from ingrown hairs occasionally and there are several preventative remedies that you can use to improve your skin. The four main solutions involve taking necessary precautions, improving your shaving technique, wearing appropriate clothing, and applying natural skin products.

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Take precautions

The easiest ingrown hair remedy is to take the necessary precautions both before and after shaving or waxing.

First, it is important to exfoliate the skin using a soft scrubby using an exfoliation moisturizer before you start removing the hair on your body. Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells and prevents your pores from getting clogged.

You need to make sure your hair passages are clear for it to move through without getting stuck in the pore. When you get an ingrown hair, it is likely that you have flaky skin or excess sebum which causes the blockage. Therefore, always exfoliate before shaving or waxing to make room for the hair to pass through.

After you have removed the hair, you should also repeat the exfoliation process. Don’t do it too hard or else you could irritate your skin more. Be gentle and use a moisturiser afterwards that is both hypoallergenic and oil-free.

Be aware that some products carry unnatural ingredients that can aggravate the outer and inner layers of your skin. Thus, using a more natural home remedy like witch hazel can heal your skin and reduce swelling caused by ingrown hairs.


After a week, you will notice that exfoliation is a very effective ingrown hair remedy.

Wear Looser Clothing and Let Your Skin Breathe

Another simple but effective ingrown hair remedy is to wear clothing that isn’t too tight against your skin. If your clothes are too tight, then it won’t allow your skin to breathe properly and will cause ingrown hairs to form beneath the surface. Try wearing clothes that are 100% cotton and allow you to cool down.

Sometimes synthetic fabrics can irritate the skin or cause unnecessary friction. Stick to slightly looser fitting cotton clothes especially after waxing and you’ll likely see improvements with your skin as a result.


Use Natural Skin Products

There are a number of natural skin products that can help prevent and treat ingrown hairs.

Here is a list of recommended natural home remedies for ingrown hairs:

  • Tea tree oil
  • Witch hazel
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Aloe vera
  • Lemon juice
  • Baking soda
  • Ice

Apply one product for a couple of weeks to see how your skin reacts. If you see positive results, stick with it. However, if you don't notice much of a difference, try the next item on the list.


It will take some patience and persistence, but eventually, you will find the most suitable remedy that works best for your skin type.

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