Here's Exactly How to Prevent Ingrown Hairs, According to an Expert

We do all that we can on a daily basis for smooth, stubble-free skin. Yet the moment we see these annoying little bumps brewing on our skin, that all goes down the drain. Ingrown hairs are the absolute worst. They unexpectedly pop up out of nowhere, and if not treated correctly, the skin around the hair can become irritated, leading to more serious infections and hyperpigmentation. Although it seems like these pesky little bumps have a mind of their own, you actually can control them. We talked to experts to find out how.

Before getting rid of these things, it's important to have an understanding of what exactly they are. "An ingrown hair is a hair that got off course while growing out from under the surface of the skin," explains European Wax Center national brand ambassador Melanie Coba. "When this happens, the area can get irritated, causing redness and puss to form around it. Most commonly, they are caused by too much dry skin on the surface, causing a growing hair to change direction because it's too weak to push through the surface."

Wondering why we deal with them near our bikini lines so much? "Ingrown hairs are common in creased areas such as the bikini line, where the skin is pressed together most of the day," explains Coba. "In a lot of cases, you can see the hair below the surface. If the area has been picked at or is naturally irritated, the hair can be harder to see. In those cases, you might feel pressure around it like a pimple." Coba always urges her clients to stop investigating on their own and ask their waxer or dermatologist if the hair gets worse. We also reached out to Natalee Davidov, manager of EWC, to find out her ingrown hair remedies.

Keep reading for effective tips on how to prevent ingrown hairs so you can live your best smooth life.