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What to do against ingrown hair?

Quick & easy tips for prevention and to get rid of them.


Everything you need to know.

We tell you how and why hair grows in, what SOS treatment we have in stock for you and - what is almost more important - how you can properly prevent ingrown hairs in the future.


the reasons why hair grows in

Ingrown hairs can have various causes. Often ingrown hairs occur after shaving, very dry skin or even wearing too tight clothes can promote ingrown hairs. After shaving, a cut hair can retract under the skin, curl up and continue to grow under the surface of the skin. This ingrown hair forms small, skin-colored or red, pimple-like bumps on the skin, with or without pus, may be itchy and cause redness, swelling and pain.

  • During hair removal, especially when shaving, the hair is sharply separated at the thickest part and thus has difficulty growing normally out of the hair canal.
  • If the skin is too dry, more skin flakes are formed, which can clog the hair channel or the growth channel externally. This prevents the hair from coming straight to the surface of the skin and allowing it to grow in.
  • Body hair, which has an overall thicker and harder hair structure, also tends to increase ingrowns.
  • Friction from tight clothing or excessive pressure on the skin can also contribute to increased hair ingrowth.


Ingrown hair in the bikini area

The intimate area in particular is prone to ingrown hairs. The skin in the bikini area is particularly soft and sensitive. In addition, the frizzy and firm nature of the hair can cause the regrowing pubic hair to "curl back". The hair tips then grow towards the delicate skin and injure it.

Ingrown hair on the legs

On the legs, the hair tends to be thin and smooth and the skin is firmer. Here, however, too tight pants can rub directly on the skin and thus influence the direction of growth of the regrowing hair.

Ingrown hair in the armpits

In the armpits, the hair is much softer. But here, too, there is a risk of ingrown hairs. The skin in the underarm area is also very soft, sensitive and elastic. After all, it must be able to follow all the movements of the shoulder joint. However, this increases the risk that after shaving the skin burns and individual hairs do not just push through the hair funnel to the surface, but grow in.

SOS Help against ingrown hair

What you can do right now

The tendency to ingrown hairs varies from person to person. With the right hair removal and the perfect care routine, you can prevent skin irritations to a certain extent - and thus also effectively reduce the risk of inflammation. And if it happens anyway?

  • You can use antiseptic lotions with salicylic acid, for example, lotion against ingrown hair from Senzera cosmetics, to loosen the area of the ingrown hair and the slight cornifications. With this, you can loosen the ingrown hair and bring it to the surface.
  • Versuche zunächst das eingewachsene Haar mit einem mechanischem Peeling z.B. orange scrub von Senzera cosmetics an die Hautoberfläche zu helfen. Dies solltest Du allerdings nur machen, so lange die Stelle nicht entzündet ist oder die Hautstelle noch intakt ist.
  • Wet a washcloth with warm water and place it on the affected area. The heat opens the pores of the skin and you help the ingrown hair to get to the surface.
  • If the area of the ingrown hair also becomes very inflamed or pus develops, boils can develop here in the worst case. If the symptoms persist for a long time, you should not be afraid to see a doctor. More information about the difference between ingrown hairs, folliculitis and razor burn can be found here.


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No more ingrown hair in the future


Peel regularly

A peeling frees your body skin from excess skin flakes and makes the skin soft and supple. Regrowing hairs then have "free path" to reach the skin surface.


Hydration with the correct skin care.

A rich and good care of your skin incl. the provision of appropriate moisture frees the hair channel from excess skin flakes and sebum and thus prevents the of hair from becoming ingrown.


Choosing the method for hair removal.

The right choice of your hair removal plays a big part in whether you have to struggle a lot with ingrown hairs. Rather disadvantageous is the shaving. Hair removal methods such as waxing or sugaring, which remove the entire hair in the hair canal and the new hair thus grows back with a thin tip, reduce the risk of ingrown hairs.


Choosing the right clothes.

If you regularly wear very tight-fitting clothes, e.g. jeans, your skin cannot "breathe properly". Your skin will be highly stressed by this and the friction and impurities and also ingrown hairs can develop quickly. With loose-fitting cotton clothing, this does not happen as quickly.


Drinking water.

Good hydration is not only good for your skin on the outside but also for your whole body. You should treat your body to at least 1.5 - 2.5 liters of water a day. A positive side effect is that it keeps your connective tissue soft and elastic.


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these are the differences


Folliculitis is an inflammation of the hair follicles caused by bacteria. This is manifested by small reddened nodules and pustules filled with pus in the affected area.

Folliculitis can occur particularly among men and in hot summer temperatures. You will find all the information in our explanatory leaflet on the subject of “folliculitis” that you can discuss in the salon with your beauty therapist.


Razor burn refers to skin irritation after shaving, which usually subsides after a few days. It can have many causes, such as the smallest cuts of the skin by shaving or the removal of the uppermost (callus) skin layers by the blade. Razor burn usually has nothing to do with the hair itself.

Eingewachsene Haare

Ingrown hairs, on the other hand, are not (only) about the hair follicle or the top layers of the skin, but the hair continues to grow under the skin if it cannot reach the surface. Under the skin, the hair can then become inflamed and cause pain.

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