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So, What Causes Ingrown Hairs?

Ever wondered what causes ingrown hairs? Turns out, it can be one thing or a combination of things. We've got the answers—and some great solutions.

You've probably experienced an ingrown hair a time or two—maybe you know them as razor bumps—that pop up in areas where you've recently removed hair.

When a hair is ingrown, it means the sharp point on the end of the hair pierces the surface of your skin and grows down into your skin. instead of away from it like normal. 

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Ingrown hairs can occur naturally, or they can be caused by poor hair removal techniques. Dead skin cells can also block hair follicles, which can cause a hair to grow sideways instead of up...leading to ingrown hairs. And people with curly or naturally coarse hair are more likely to experience ingrown hairs, as the hair thickness and shape lends itself to growing back toward the skin. 

We've Got Ingrown Hair Solutions!

Choosing the right aftercare is also a huge part of preventing ingrown hairs. We offer a variety of solutions that were all formulated with waxed skin in mind. Incorporating these products into a regular skin care routine can make a huge difference! 

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Ingrown Hair Serum

Our signature formula keeps skin bump-free between waxes. Alcohol-free formula with glycolic acid for gentle chemical exfoliation, plus lavender, vitamin E and chamomile to calm and soothe skin. Also available in a travel size

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Brightening Ingrown Hair Serum

This alcohol-free formula contains Vitamin C and Azelaic Acid for a brighter, more even-looking skin tone and contains glycolic acid for gentle exfoliation. Improves the appearance of spots and helps brighten dull skin.

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Ingrown Hair Wipes

Our hardworking wipes are formulated with powerful exfoliators, and each single-use wipe helps prevent and treat ingrown hairs, bumps and breakouts while visibly slowing hair regrowth between waxes.​ Also available in a travel size

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Our Other Exfoliants

Exfoliation is crucial when it comes to preventing ingrown hairs. Our body polishes (available in Aloe, Coconut, Fragrance Free and Sheaexfoliate with 100% biodegradable jojoba beads to help ward off ingrown hairs and bumps. Our Aloe Body Polish is also available in a travel size

Our Face & Body Exfoliating Gel is gentle enough for both your face and body, and a must-have in your skin care routine. Its non-abrasive formula clears away dead skin cells to help hair follicles stay bump-free.

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