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How Do I Choose the Best Ingrown Hair Serum?

Exfoliating with a wet sponge may help prevent ingrown hairs.
An ingrown hair.
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  • Last Modified Date: 19 July 2014
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One of the most uncomfortable aspects of shaving is the appearance of ingrown hairs. Luckily, there are serums that help treat and remove these pesky irritants. An ingrown hair serum can help rid your body of ingrown hairs and the physical irritation that presents because of them. When possible, look for an ingrown hair serum that contains natural ingredients and is free of sulfur and parabens. If you can't find a serum is to your liking, you might also be able to make one at home.

Try looking for an ingrown hair serum that has natural ingredients in it. Serums that contain ingredients such as jojoba oil, shea butter, essential oils and vitamins are likely to be less harsh than their chemical-based counterparts. They also can help actively repair an area that has been broken or manipulated to get to the ingrown hair. White willow bark, for example, has a reputation for combating inflammation where the ingrown hair has presented. Stay away from products that have been made with sulfur, parabens or other harsh chemicals and irritants, because they can cause allergies and other health problems.

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Before using an ingrown hair serum, you should spot-test an area. Although ingrown hair serums might seem harmless, contact with their ingredients can cause discomfort in some users. It's always best to make sure that you won't have a severe reaction to a product before you apply it on large areas of your body. This is especially true of products that you intend to place on sensitive areas.

As with any other annoying problem, prevention of ingrown hairs can save you a lot of time and hassle. There are some pre-shaving techniques, such as exfoliation, that can help prevent the appearance of ingrown hairs. Some ingrown hair serums, however, are designed to be used after shaving to help combat the instance of ingrown hairs. These types of serums can be created to be used after every shave, or even daily, depending on the ingredients and the harshness of the serum. If using a serum on a daily basis does not appeal to you, you can pick one that is meant to be used only after shaving or one that is designed to be used only after the appearance of an ingrown hair.

The goal of any ingrown hair serum should be to provide a deep exfoliation so that the hair can be removed from within the skin and allowed to break free. This can be achieved using products that contain harsh chemicals or natural ingredients, but it can also be achieved with common household products found within a home, such as aspirin. If you want to save money, you might look into home remedy alternatives for fighting ingrown hairs.

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