The most common is an accumulation of dead skin cells blocking the mouth of the follicle preventing the hair to surface properly. That, coupled with the fact that most Arizonians tend to be a bit dehydrated and have very dry surface skin. That surface layer of skin can get very brittle and tight making it very hard for hairs to break through that barrier.
The way to treat this condition is with good daily exfoliation and hydration. I use exfoliating gloves to scrub my body every day in the shower. Once or twice a week (depending on how dry my skin is) I treat myself to a thorough body scrubbing with an herbal body scrub. After every shower I slather my skin with a lavender body lotion to keep that surface skin hydrated, healthy, and keep those ingrown hairs at bay.
Another thing can cause ingrown hairs is (I hate to say it) curly hair. Yes, it is true… curly hair tends to “curl” it’s way back into the layers of skin. I know you can’t really do anything about the texture of your hair but regular (daily) exfoliation will help keep those curls above the surface of your skin instead of snaking through the layers of your epidermis. Also, using a salicylic acid product such as Tend Skin will help keep the follicles clear so the curl won’t hit any road blocks and decide to take a detour.
Let’s not forget about the elephant in the room; ingrown hairs caused by shaving. I don’t think I need to tell you about the havoc that is wreaked on your skin from shaving. If hair reduction and removal is your goal, this is the worst of all possible solutions. All that shaving does is cut the hair follicle, strengthening it and making it more coarse. It also opens your skin to be more prone to an infection since it violently peels off layers of your skin rather than exfoliating making it easier for your hair to return into itself.
How to keep from getting razor bumps and ingrown hairs from shaving? Wax!
Before we get into how long it will take for your hair to reappear, let’s discuss the hair growth cycle. Pubic hair is a type of terminal hair called androgenic hair. Each hair follicle goes through three distinct phases:
The Hair Growth Cycle
- Anagen, or the growth phase. This is the phase where the hair is actively growing longer. The length of time hair remains in anagen phase determines how long it can grow – this is why the hair on your head can grow much longer than the hair on your armpits or pubic area. Pubic hair stays in the anagen phase for 3 to 4 months, and about 30% of one’s pubic hair is in the anagen phase at any given time.
- Catagen, or the transition phase. During this phase the hair stops growing, the follicle shrinks, and the hair is cut off from its blood supply. The catagen phase only lasts for about 2 weeks, and only 2 or 3% of pubic hair is in this phase at a time.
- Telogen, or the resting phase. In the telogen phase the follicle remains dormant and renews itself. The old hair is shed when the anagen phase begins again and the new hair pushes the old hair out of the follicle. About 70% of pubic hair is in the telogen phase at a time, and it remains in this phase for about 3 months.
What all of this means is that an average Brazilian wax will only remove about 30% of your pubic hair by the root while it is in the anagen phase. Most of the rest of your hair is in the telogen phase, so you are only removing the old, dead hair. This means that you can expect to see noticeable hair regrowth within 2 to 3 weeks. This will vary somewhat depending on how fast your hair grows naturally. It will also vary depending on the season – in summer, your hair will grow faster, because you have increased blood circulation to the skin compared to winter. This in turn provides more nourishment to the hair follicles, leading to more rapid growth. Your hair will also tend to regrow more slowly if you get waxed regularly, since you are removing more of the hair by the root.
The holidays are known as the happiest time of the year…but somehow they also manage to be the most stressful time of the year. Maybe it comes from trying to referee your crazy family while making a perfect turkey on Thanksgiving, hosting the office holiday party, or getting the “it” thing for your kids this Christmas. When the wrapping paper has been swept up and the Christmas lights are down, you may feel plain exhausted.
Not exactly the best time to start hopping to on all those big New Year’s goals, huh?
Not to worry. You just need a little R&R, and that’s exactly what we can give you at Revive Wellness Center. We are all about the fabulous facials, the beautiful body treatments, and the magnificent massages. Let us pull all those holiday toxins out of your body, work out those knots in your neck and shoulders, and slough off the old skin on your face, so you can feel re-energized and invigorated in the new year! There’s one more present left under the tree in 2016, and it’s for you.
Call our Palm Springs office and “Treat Yo’ Self”! What a great way to start off 2017.
We may always consider December to be a month of sleigh bells, Menorahs, and Christmas trees, but it’s also a month of parties. No doubt, you’ve already received a few invitations. There’s the office holiday party, the neighbor’s yearly shindig, and maybe a holiday party for the family or an organization that you volunteer with. Then of course, comes New Year’s, where you may decide this is the year to go downtown and celebrate big in the city.
Parties mean fancy dresses, big smiles, and lots and lots of pictures. Are you ready to show off your best side? If not, then book an appointment at Revive Wellness Center. If you just want to freshen up, our salon can give you a trendy new do and some beautiful highlights, along with a pedicure and manicure.
Want to take years off your face and body? We can relax away those frown lines and crows feet with Botox treatments, add tightness with Juvederm treatments, and make your skin glow with our Signature Facial and body treatments.
Make sure to book several days out from your first party!