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Ingrown hairs

At some point in our hair removal journeys we have suffered from an ingrown hair or two. So, let’s break down why they happen and how to stop them from reoccurring.

What are ingrown hairs?

Ingrown hairs are a common condition that results from any hair removal method such as waxing or shaving. Ingrown hairs can present in a few different forms, sometimes small bumps that tend to be sore or red in appearance or a hair grown back into the skin or just underneath the skin. These are often itchy and, in some cases, painful if left untreated. Basically, your hair follicles get trapped into your skin and cause small bumps or an embedded hair.

Symptoms of ingrown hairs:

  • Pimple like lesions as hair is growing back after hair removal
  • Raised bumps
  • Itching
  • Redness or tenderness around bumps
  • Skin discoloration around trapped hair from inflammation

What are the common causes of ingrown?

In most cases people who have thick curly hair are more prone to ingrown hairs, however, everyone can suffer at some point if the skin isn’t maintained properly after hair removal. Often dead skin clogs the opening of the hair follicle causing the hair to grow back into the skin, instead of above the skins surface. Once this happens typically the skin triggers an immune response as it detects the hair as a foreign object, resulting in the body sending inflammation and swelling around the hair resulting in a bump or in some cases a papule.  

Prevention is key when it comes to ingrown hairs, so here is what to do in between hair removal treatments.


  • Exfoliate with a looped fibre mitt to encourage hair to grow straight out of the skin. 2-3 times a week and ensure you replace your mitt every 6 months as well as washing it weekly.
  • Moisturise skin to ensure skin is hydrated and in good condition.
  • Use a soap free antibacterial wash to keep hair follicles clean.


  • Exercise 24-48hours after hair removal, as this is when follicles are open and prone to infection.
  • Use perfumed moisturizers or deodorants in area  as this can cause skin sensitivity.
  • Pick or squeeze at existing ingrown hairs.
  • Exfoliate within the first 2-3days after waxing.


ASI: Antibacterial Cleansing Gel
The Ultimate Antibac Gel is a perfect body cleanser to target infection and odour causing bacteria. Lemongrass oil adds a stimulating, fresh aroma while Tea Tree has antibacterial properties perfect for ingrown hairs or breakouts on the body. Chamomile helps to combat irritation whilst calming and soothing all skin concerns.

Mango & witch hazel Moisturizer
A hydrating and soothing body moisturiser scented with revitalising Mango & Witch Hazel, with added benefits of Vitamin E to smooth and nourish skin.

Tea Tree Daily Moisturizer
A soothing & antibacterial body moisturiser scented with invigorating Tea Tree.  Best of all, Tea Tree Body Moisturiser has the added benefits of Vitamin E properties to smooth and nourish skin. This beautiful and non-greasy moisturiser can be used daily, after sunburn, waxing or body treatments.

Exfoliation Mitt
A must have in your shower to prevent ingrown hairs. Its unique blend of fibres massages away dead skin cells and improves circulation. Ideal for use prior to hair removal and spray tanning. It even helps combat the appearance of cellulite, leaving you with smoother, healthier skin.


Clearing Renewal Complex
A potent cosmeceutical complex, using clarifying Magnesium Sulfate, detoxifying Chlorhexidine and calming Vitamin B3. Heal and rejuvenate skin while fighting and preventing bacteria causing breakouts and ingrown hairs.

Bump Eraser
Bump eRaiser Medi Paste is scientifically formulated with Tea Tree Oil & Vitamin A to draw out the infection rapidly without causing trauma to the skin. For quick results apply a Band-Aid over the problem area as this will help speed up healing. It is suitable for all areas of the body, and can be used as often as needed.

Potent Clearing Serum
For all breakout and problematic skins. Use on face and body as needed. Zit zapper! Potent Clearing Serum is powered by V8 Peptide Complex® and four potent actives to control breakouts and diminish the appearance of scarring. Encapsulated Salicylic Acid and L-Lactic Acid exfoliate the skin (inside and out) and encourage cell turnover leaving the skin super hydrated and rebalanced.

Unsure what is best for you? Why not book in for a FREE consultation with one of our professional therapists to discuss any skin concerns you may have and see what hair removal treatment is right for you.

Elise has been in the beauty industry for 10yrs.  She is a passionate brow tattoo artist and loves educating clients on their skin.The best part about her job is she loves seeing clients confidence grow after visiting the salon. In her free time she teaches karate and loves to spend time with her family.  

Elise M
Senior Beauty Therapist
Complete Skin & Beauty Albany Creek

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Leesa-Machelle Gilbert wrote:
4 Jan '22 1:25pm

Thanks Elise. Great advice, thank you for putting this information in one of your blogs!