Think you can’t get rid of razor bumps formed by ingrown hairs? Hair removal guru Cindy Barshop of Completely Bare spa recently shared a few tricks up her sleeve to help keep those bumps from putting the brakes on smooth, summertime skin.
"I think the most important thing when summer season is starting, everybody starts looking at different parts of their body that they want to clean up," says Barshop. "The biggest problem people have are ingrown hairs. And there are ways to get rid of them. One with laser hair removal, the Completely Bare method of laser hair removal, it actually attacks the follicle from underneath the skin. It’s not invasive. So what it does, it kills it underneath and within two weeks the hair falls out."
One of the reasons why laser works so well is there’s no pulling or tugging, just a quick zap and it’s done.
To start seeing results Barshop says you need at least a minimum of six treatments at least once every four to six weeks. The darker your skin and more coarse your hair, the more likely you are to get ingrowns and the harder they are to get rid of. If that’s you, razors may not be your friend because of the friction blades cause. That’s something dermatologists agree with.
"When the hair grows out of the skin, it usually grows straight through the hair follicle, but if you have curly hair it can can curl back underneath the skin and then it’s sticking into the skin almost as if you have a splinter in the skin, and that will cause a lot of irritation," says Dr. Jennifer Stein of NYU Langone Medical Center.
Barshop also recommends waxing to soften hair up and help eliminate ingrowns. You can also find products like her “Bikini Bump Blaster” formulated with salicylic and glycolic acid to clear ingrowns or reduce the appearance of bumps.
There are also new products on the market like “Don’t Grow There” that slow hair growth and make it finer. So if you do wind up having to shave you are less likely to have a reaction.
Hopefully with these tips neither speed bump nor razor bump will get in the way of your summer plans.