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Treating ingrown hairs doesn’t just mean pulling them out. You can prevent them before they appear or stop them in their tracks with a little help. Especially formulated products deeply exfoliate allowing the hair to release and moisturize the skin, making it more pliable.

Be sure to read all instructions before use to prevent unsafe reactions. Beware if you currently use powerful skincare products that contain glycolic or other acids for acne or anti-aging as using something to fight the bumps could exfoliate skin too much. If you're allergic to aspirin read labels carefully, as many of the products contain a substance made from it.

1. Tend Skin Liquid

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The formula was accidentally discovered when a dentist gave his patient pain reliever that cleared up his razor bumps. Used for ridding and preventing ingrown hairs, razor bumps, razor burn and redness especially from shaving, waxing and electrolysis (read review).

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2. Sally Hansen Zero Bumps

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Convenient, affordable and can be picked up at the drugstore with ingredients like aloe and orange flower. Made to be sprayed on after shaving, waxing and using hair removal creams to instantly soothe, fight bumps and irritation while fighting ingrown hairs.

I have a friend try this out who has very sensitive skin and has to be extremely careful with what she uses to shave. Almost always, she ends up with some irritation. For her, it worked great immediately fighting off redness, bumps and preventing ingrown hairs.

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3. Shobha Ingrown Relief Lotion

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Free of parabens, color and artificial fragrance. The hair removal experts at Shobha created this ingrown relief lotion to help fight ingrown hairs before they appear or zap them away. Made with Vitamin a, chamomile and tea tree oil to help exfoliate, moisturize and soothe skin. Use daily for to prevent ingrown hairs or stop small bumps, or twice per day for more severe issues (read review).

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4. PrinceReigns Ingrown Relief Serum

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Model Gisele Bundchen boasts this product as one of her helpers for bump-free skin at swimsuit photo shoots. The serum calms, softens and moisturizes, helping the hair follicle to point out of skin.

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5. Relax and Wax Get the Bump Outta Here

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A professional company with its products on the shelves in many salons and spas to fight ingrown hair, razor rash and bumps from hair removal. Its roll-on formulation is made for sensitive skin, leaving the burning and irritation out. It should be applied two to three times per day before hair removal and then daily (twice per day for severe conditions) to maintain bump-free skin. Read my assistant Nicole's review.
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6. MiN Solution 2 Rollerball

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Applied with a very cool German engineered rollerball containing organic spearmint to clear congested skin, aspirin to exfoliate and propolyene glycol to help fight infection. Applied just before shaving it allows for a closer shave while helping hair to stand more upright, creating blunter ends, preventing hair from growing into skin. Can also be used if redness and bumps rear their ugliness.

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7. Whish Flawless Ingrown Hair Serum

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Free of parabens and sulfates, but made with natural and organic ingredients. White willow bark extract fights inflammation, wheat germ extract soothes skin and yeast extract regenerates. Works fast in ridding pesky bumps and redness with a great scent. Read more about this product that got five stars in our review.

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8. Home Remedies for Treating Ingrown Hairs

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You can save a lot of buying over buying retail products and whip up your own with some ingredients that you probably already have in your cupboard like salt, sugar and aspirin. Aspirin? Yes...you'll see why most retail products for fighting ingrown hairs contain it.
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