IF there’s one thing more satisfying than watching spots get popped, it’s ingrown hairs being removed.
The pop, pull and ping of a hair finally being released from its skin prison is a unique thing of beauty.
But you might wonder how good your waxer really was if you were left with a bikini line packed out with 20 pus-filled ingrown hair pimples.
In a new video, aesthetician Jada Kennedy has been teasing, squeezing and pulling ingrown hairs from a woman’s bikini line.
She uses a tiny metal hook to prise open the follicle and pull the hair out – “like we’re going fishing”.
Watching her work is Jada’s daughter, who is gripped by the puss which comes out of some of the infected pores.
When Jada goes to squeeze one of the pores,the little girl yells that it’s got a “booger in it”.
“That’s not a booger,” Jada explains, “it’s skin, built up oil and all that good stuff!”
But her daughter isn’t convinced.
She says that it’s “not good – it’s a booger” because it’s “sticky”.
How to prevent ingrown hairs
The simplest way to prevent ingrowing hairs is to let your hair grow freely without shaving/waxing.
If you don’t want to stop shaving, the following shaving tips may help:
- use a sharp, single-bladed razor
- wet your skin with warm water and use a gel
- shave in the direction the hairs are growing
- use as few strokes of the razor as possible
- rinse the razor after every stroke
- try not to shave too closely – leave a bit of stubble if you can, as bacteria can enter the tiny openings of freshly shaved skin
Other hair removal methods may be less likely to result in ingrowing hairs.
For example, instead of shaving your legs, you may want to try depilatory creams, electrolysis or laser removal.
And when her mum bursts a blackhead to release a huge black stream of pus, she can be heard screeching that it looks like a “snake”.
Jada, from St Louis, Missouri, posted the video to show that many people get ingrown hairs – no matter how small.
“This is for people who say, ‘I don’t get ingrowns’,” she says.
“Everyone gets ingrowns at some point in their lifetime.”
Ingrown hairs and hairs that have curled around and grown back into your skin instead of rising up from it.
Sometimes, dead skin can clog up a hair follicle and sometimes cutting a naturally curly hair too close tot eh skin will end up in the hair piercing the skin – which is why waxing and shaving can lead to ingrown issues.
They can also occur when the hair follicle becomes clogged with dead skin cells – forcing the skin to grow sideways.
The NHS advises leaving them well alone so you don’t end up infecting the pores but if you do have a tonne, you might be better off going to see a professional like Jada.
If you’ve got lots of pus-filled spots, that’s known as folliculitis.
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It happens when the hair follicles swell and mild cases tend to cure up themselves – if you leave them alone.
You could apply a mild antiseptic like tea tree oil on the affected area too.
But if you are bothered by it, go to your GP or aesthetician who’ll be able to release the hairs using a sterile needle.
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