Archive | June, 2011

The 411 on Ingrown Hair

28 Jun

One of the biggest complaints that people have when it comes to shaving and waxing is ingrown hairs. Ingrown hairs are a nuissance because they make your bikini area look less attractive and they can become quite painful. The worst is when they become infected and trust me (I know from personal experience), nobody wants to go to urgent care to have “minor surgery”.

I am going to go straight to the gritty and tell you what may cause ingrown hairs and how you can prevent and treat those nasty buggers.

WHAT CAUSES INGROWN HAIRS?

I have to say that some people are just prone to ingrown hairs and it can be hard to treat for these people. I’m not saying that it’s a lost cause, so don’t feel discouraged if you are one of these people.

Here are some of the common causes of ingrown hair:

1) Improper shaving

2) Improper wax removal

3) Friction or rubbing of the skin

4) Too much dead skin debris blocking the hair follicle opening, causing the hair to grow sideways

HOW CAN I PREVENT INGROWN HAIRS?

1) Exfoliate your bikini area around 2 times per week. You can do this by using a scrub. Even better if the scrub has salicylic acid in it to kill bacteria and keep the pores from getting impacted. If you are already doing this, you may have to use a specific toner or cream in addition to the physical exfoliation.

2) Wear loose clothing. There is nothing wrong with being sexy and wearing sexy tight leather pants or jeans, but when you’re at home and no one is admiring your tight behind, free yourself (and your bikini area) and wear something loose (or nothing at all!)

3) Wax not shave!¬†Shaving definitely brings on more ingrown hairs. I’ve had many clients tell me that they experience a decrease in ingrown hairs from waxing. Make sure you also have an experienced Esthetician (like me) who knows what they are doing.

4) Too much friction or rubbing. I know that being clean down there makes you feel sexy and I’m sure your partner loves it too, but try to refrain from sex the first 24 hours after waxing.

I’VE GOT AN INGROWN HAIR, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

1) If you are coming in to see your Esthetician, ask if she will remove it for you. This is a service that I do for my clients, but not all Estheticians will do this.

2) If it looks like a black head, go ahead and extract it yourself like you are extracting a pimple. If the hair doesn’t want to come out, don’t force it, otherwise you will bruise the skin or make it worse.

3) If it has gotten swollen and extremely painful, you may have to go in to see a doctor. This is a sign that you may have an infection.

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What’s a normal reaction to have post waxing?

11 Jun

Many times I have clients who come in and they are uninformed about what to expect post waxing. Many believe that you come in, it is pain free, and your skin leaves looking like it did before. I’m sorry to say, but there is always going to be post waxing reactions.

Here are some common normal reactions:

1) Your skin is red, inflamed, and bumpy. Expect your skin to be like this for around 24 hours, afterwards it should be smooth like a baby’s bottom!

2) You have some spot bleeding.

3) You feel tender and sore. You can use a cold compress to help ease the discomfort.

What is considered to be NOT normal:

1) You are bleeding non-stop. Depending on the severity, you may need stitches. If you are concerned, I would call your nurse/doctor to make sure everything is ok. I would also make sure that you tell your Esthetician.

2) Your skin has been torn or pulled off and the area stings as a result. Ice the area, put some neosporin, and try to avoid friction in the area by wearing loose clothing. You may experience post pigmentation (where the skin gets darker) and this will be temporary, but know that the pigmentation can last 3-6 months. If it is an area that may be exposed to the sun, make sure you cover it with sunscreen or it will get darker!

If you have experienced anything else that I may have not mentioned, feel free to drop me a note and I will make sure I address it.