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.
Mar. 23, 2012