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Does anyone have any tried and true methods or products for dealing with ingrown hair?
I used to shave my legs and never had any problems with ingrowns, then a few years ago my legs suddenly became very irritated so I gave up shaving and started waxing, then when that became too inconvenient, epilating. I seem to constantly have ingrown hairs and it's driving me mad, especially now the weather's warming up here and I have to do them more often (get very lazy in winter!).
Any advice gratefully received.
3b in South Australia.
I take an Epsom salt bath. Then I use my Clarisonic Body Brush along with some liquid antibacterial soap and cleanse my body a couple of days prior to shaving. Lastly I only shave with clean new razors. If I get an ingrown hair after shaving I will use my Clarisonic again.
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The thing about epilating instead of shaving is that you need to make a point to exfoliate regularly. Shaving does it all at the same time so you don't have to think about it. During the summer, I use an exfoliating body wash every day. Then, on the days I epilate, I follow with shaving. This gets rid of all the fine hairs and I can go for almost two weeks between epilating.

If I don't do this, I get ingrown hairs.
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Salicylic acid will exfoliate and keep the pores clean. Paula's Choice makes 1% or 2% in a lotion, gel or liquid.
The thing about epilating instead of shaving is that you need to make a point to exfoliate regularly. Shaving does it all at the same time so you don't have to think about it. During the summer, I use an exfoliating body wash every day. Then, on the days I epilate, I follow with shaving. This gets rid of all the fine hairs and I can go for almost two weeks between epilating.

If I don't do this, I get ingrown hairs.
Originally Posted by mrspoppers
What epilator do you use?
Do you have sensitive skin?

I would love to epilate rather than shave. I sugared for years but as a student it's an expense that I just can't keep up with!
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Dry skin brushing and Bikini Zone.
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Regular exfoliation (body puff and moisturizing body wash 3x weekly), regular lotion use - even when my legs don't seem dry. I also have been using this cream: Lady Cremo*Shave Cream | Walgreens and it's amazing. Not sure if they have it where you are (southern hemisphere, since it's summer there).
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I like to scrub the skin with a shower puff or loofah and soak in a warm tub of clear water for 5-10 minutes before shaving. I think shaving often works best. I seldom have a problem if I shave daily. When I let the hair get long though, I'm often irritated.
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TendSkin is a miracle product for me. I had no results with BikiniZone or anything else.
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I use a shower puff every day and have tried a couple of different exfoliating products with no benefit. Sigh.
I do have a loofah and body brush that I've never used so maybe I'll try them and if no luck I'll have a go at shaving again. It's been so long I may have recovered from whatever was causing the irritation.
I've not heard of any of the products you've all mentioned (except the Veet) so I'll have look and see what's available here.
Thanks for the suggestions.
3b in South Australia.

Last edited by Starmie; 11-12-2012 at 11:16 AM.
The thing about epilating instead of shaving is that you need to make a point to exfoliate regularly. Shaving does it all at the same time so you don't have to think about it. During the summer, I use an exfoliating body wash every day. Then, on the days I epilate, I follow with shaving. This gets rid of all the fine hairs and I can go for almost two weeks between epilating.

If I don't do this, I get ingrown hairs.
Originally Posted by mrspoppers
What epilator do you use?
Do you have sensitive skin?

I would love to epilate rather than shave. I sugared for years but as a student it's an expense that I just can't keep up with!
Originally Posted by Narnia
I have a Braun Silk Epil. I bought it at M2LR's suggestion maybe 5 years ago and I will never go back to shaving. It's time to buy a new one because the dog chewed the little guard off the top, but otherwise it would still be going strong. I think Emjoi is supposed to be good too. I bought my Braun with a 20% off coupon at Bed Bath and Beyond.

My skin is moderately sensitive but I haven't had any problems. The more you do it, the less you feel it but it really never hurts more than snapping a rubber band on your leg.
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Last edited by mrspoppers; 11-12-2012 at 02:38 PM.
Just wanted to say thanks again for the suggestions. I've been dry-brushing before showering and loofah-ing in the shower and it seems to be working quite well. Time will tell if it's going to be enough as the summer progresses.
3b in South Australia.

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