Nothing can be more annoying than ingrown hairs on your legs and face. But to know how to prevent ingrown hair on the legs, face and your body, let’s first understand what exactly causes them.

Ingrown hairs after shaving and waxing are quite common. Shaving and waxing often result in irritating the skin and causes the hair to grow back into the skin. Ingrown hairs, popularly know as razor bumps, can also occur without shaving or waxing.

Sometimes filled with a little pus, they look like pimples, and should not be picked or dug at since this will cause them to get more inflamed and irritated. Now that you know what causes ingrown hairs, lets move on to how to prevent ingrown hairs in the first place.

How to Prevent Ingrown Hairs

Shaving and waxing the right way can drastically help in preventing ingrown hairs on your legs, face and body. Follow these steps to drastically reduce the occurrence of ingrown hairs on your body.

Wet shave every time –

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Wet shaving is always more preferable.

Always remember to wet shave every time you shave, because dry hair is brittle and harder to shave than hair that is wet. Additionally, using shaving cream for lubrication is highly recommended. Shaving creams are specifically made to make shaving easier and prevent razor burns, thus helping prevent ingrown hairs on your legs, face and body.

A good time to shave your face is while you are in the shower, or after you’ve gotten out.

Use an electric razor –

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Use an electric razor to prevent ingrown hairs on legs and face.

Using an electric razor is one of the best ways to prevent formation of ingrown hairs. Electric razors have a foil covering them, thus creating a barrier between your skin and the blade. This makes it very difficult to cut the hair under the follicle. Although this means less close of a shave, electric razors are an attractive option for people that shave everyday.

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Shave with the grain –

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Shave with the grain to avoid ingrown hairs.

Shaving the right way definitely helps stop ingrown hairs from forming after shaving. Try shaving in the direction of your hair’s angle. That is, shave with the grain to prevent ingrown hairs on your face and legs. In case you absolutely need to shave against the grain for a closer shave, try making your first pass with the grain, followed by shaving against the grain.

Remember, closer the shave, more are the chances of razor bumps on your skin.

Choose the right shaving blade –

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Always shave with a sharp blade.

Using the correct blade and pressure goes a long way in preventing ingrown hairs.

Always shave with a sharp blade, since dull blades require multiple passes and will thus irritate your skin more. Dip your razor in isopropyl alcohol right after shaving to clean the blade and prevent rust. It is a good practise to throw away disposable razors after five uses, after which their sharpness begins to decrease considerably.

Also remember to rinse the blade after every pass, since hair caught up in your razor blades will result in more skin irritation, and ultimately more ingrown hairs.

Always let the razor glide over your skin and do not apply excessive pressure while shaving.

Use salicylic acid on your skin –

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Use creams that have salicylic acid.

Almost all types of hair removal methods increase the chances of the formation of ingrown hairs. Look for shaving creams with salicylic acid and glycolic acid as ingredients as they help exfoliate the skin and help keep the skins unclogged, thus preventing ingrown hairs. This is the exact reason why salicylic acid is a key ingredient in acne medications, and are also equally effective in preventing ingrown hairs. Usage of salicylic acid may cause a little irritation, but is pretty easy to get used to with further usage.

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Exfoliating before shaving or waxing-

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Exfoliate before you shave or wax.

Use a soft exfoliating hair brush or exfoliating gloves to exfoliate your skin for a minute before shaving will wipe away any dead skin that could block your pores, and help moisturize your hair. Exfoliating will drastically reduce the formation of razor bumps, and thus is highly recommended.

Using hair removal creams instead –

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Use hair removal creams instead of shaving or waxing.

Hair removal creams work by dissolving the shaft of the hair, which then results in your hair breaking away. Such creams are a great alternative to shaving but one must test them prior to usage for irritation. Spot test it on a small area of the body and notice if it causes any irritation.

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And so, there you have it, our best methods on how to prevent ingrown hairs on legs and face! Do you have any more tips on preventing the formation of ingrown hairs? Let us know in the comments section.


  1. I just couldn’t understand how to avoid ingrown hairs when shaving. I always get razor bumps when shaving since I always shave against the grain. I now shave with the grain first before shaving against the grain as suggested by you, and I can absolutely feel no razor bumps any more!

  2. I just wanted to know how to stop ingrown hairs on legs. My legs are very prone to ingrown hairs. I will try exfoliating my legs before hair removal.

  3. Thankfully, I rarely get ingrown hairs on my face or body, although it is good to know such methods to prevent ingrown hairs.

  4. No matter how much I try, I just can’t stop getting ingrown hairs on my legs. I will try the methods listed here, but I don’t really have any hopes left.

  5. I used to wax and shave earlier, and no matter what I did, I used to develop these annoying razor bumps on my legs. Since then, I have started using hair removal creams.

  6. I have a lot of ingrown hairs on my legs, will try exfoliating. Thank god I don’t have any ingrowns on my face, that would have been nasty!

  7. It is unbelievable how some exfoliation can go a long way to prevent ingrown hairs from showing up. It might just be the most effective thing in preventing ingrown hairs.


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