Shaving may be the cheapest and fastest way to get rid of body hair, but it’s also more likely to cause razor bumps and ingrown hairs. Chemical depilatories, on the other hand, dissolve the protein structure of the hair, leaving it with rounded tips, which are less likely to cause ingrown hairs.
How to Get Rid of Ingrown Hairs With a Depilatory
Wait for razor bumps and ingrown hairs to heal. Manufacturer’s instructions typically warn you that cream depilatories should not be applied to broken or irritated skin.
Choose your product. Depilatories may be specially formulated for use on the bikini line or the face.
Do a skin test. Prepare your skin. Before using a depilatory, skincare expert Begoun advises using warm compresses on the skin to make hair more malleable.
Apply the depilatory in a thick, even layer. Make sure to coat the entire hair shaft. Leave it on for the designated time, per the product’s directions.
Remove the depilatory. Using a little elbow grease can help you make sure the hair is removed as close to the skin as possible. Take a washcloth and rub it on your skin using an up and down motion.