Acne is type of folliculitis, so similar treatments and products are used to alleviate and prevent ingrown hairs and folliculitis. Avoid shaving and waxing the area until the ingrown hairs have healed. Repeated shaving over active ingrown hairs will only aggravate the area even more, increasing the likelihood of hyper pigmentation and the chance of infection.
Wash and exfoliate the skin with a gentle cleanser with salicylic acid, like the Brightening Cleanser. Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid and chemical exfoliant that deeply cleanses pores. It softens the skin by increasing the moisture content, and breaks down the 'glue' that causes cells to stick together, allowing skin cells to slough off much easier. Salicylic acid is also an anti-inflammatory, much like it's derivative aspirin, which calms redness and irritation caused by ingrown hairs.
Treat the affected area. Use products with alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids and benzoyl peroxide. AHA's like glycolic acid and lactic acid are great chemical exfoliators that aid in hydration and correct hyperpigmentation, uneven skin texture and signs of aging. Glycolic acid and lactic acid penetrates pores and dissolves sebum and debris to shed dead skin cells and renew skin surface. Benzoyl Peroxide is an anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory to prevent the spread of bacteria and infection, and reduces blemishes. Avoid popular ingrown hair products that contain alcohol, like Tend Skin. Alcohol dries and weakens the skin, preventing normal skin renewal process.
For those who suffer from ingrown hairs and folliculitis regularly, Laser Hair Removal is another option. The only way to permanently clear and prevent ingrown hairs is with laser hair removal. Laser Hair Removal treatments targets and kills hair follicles, thus removing all unwanted hair and the source of ingrown hairs.
are also beneficial to clearing and preventing ingrown hairs. Chemical peels can be used if laser hair removal isn't an option, or in conjunction with laser hair removal to clear ingrown hairs faster and reduce hyperpigmentation caused by ingrown hairs.