Outgrow Ingrown Hairs

21 May

So is it a mole or isn't it?? from goinglikesixty.com

I went to the dermatologist the other day to get this, uh, growth checked out. It looks like a raised, colorless (well, the color of my skin) mole on my thigh near my knee. It doesn’t change shape, size or color, but I was concerned because it seemed to appear out of nowhere and then never went away.

 At first I thought it was a pimple, but it wouldn’t pop. And then I thought it was an ingrown hair, but that didn’t seem right, either, because I never noticed the beginnings of it. But, as it turns out, it’s scar tissue that probably started as an ingrown hair. These bumps are common on women’s legs (you know, because of shaving).

While I’m not planning to get my bump removed, I would like to prevent another one from forming, so here are some tips to avoid ingrown hairs:

  1. Don’t shave so much!
  2. OR shave more often, but do so very gently each time
  3. Shave in the same direction as hair growth
  4. Make sure your skin is warm and soft prior to starting
  5. Use a sharp, fresh razor (more on these later)

Does anyone have any other–perhaps non-shaving related tips on how to avoid ingrown hairs? How about what to do when you spot (or feel– ouch!) one?

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