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How to prevent /treat ingrown hairs and redness after waxing?

edited March 2014 in Ask the Beauty Brains
Nothing seems to work. Is there any really effective treatment for this problem? I don't mean redness right after waxing, it is gone in a few hours but what happens when an ingrown hair gets infected and even painful. Thank you!


  • There are ingrown hair products with salicylic acid that are supposed to help.
  • Thorough exfoliation with AHAs (glycolic acid 5-10%) and BHAs (salicylic acid 2%) along with water based moisturization can help with the issue, some people are more prone to it than others.  It is also helpful to make an effort to keep freshly waxed areas extra clean (an antibacterial aqueous cream) for 24hrs post waxing while the acid mantle is repairing for area that are touched a lot (face) or are known areas that harbor bacteria (warm, moist, dark - arm pits/groin).  Give yourself a 48hr buffer before & after waxing with the exfoliant use.
  • Also, spot treat the big, red, sore ones with Benzoyl Peroxide 5% for a week or until it goes down, try not to squeeze or pick as you'll rupture the follicle walls and spread the bacteria  Treat for a couple of days after it starts to heal too & be careful of clothing/bedding as it will bleach.  If it's really bad (more than a couple) it's usually referred to as folliculitis and it's best to see a dr.
  • Do you think benzoyl peroxide can be used to prevent inflamed ingrown hairs?
  • not to prevent necessarily, it kills bacteria so if you're constantly getting an ingrown in the same spot it may as the bacteria may be increasing and decreasing from erratic treatment.  Perhaps some hydrocortisone could help to reduce some of the inflammation? 
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