I’ve been an esthetician for over 20 years now, and without a doubt one of the most common complaints I hear in my hair removal spa is, “How do I get rid of painful ingrown hairs?”

First, let’s look at what causes ingrown hair bumps. Your bikini area typically has very sensitive skin, and pubic hair is coarse and curly. The number one reason for ingrown hairs is that this thick hair curls back under the skin instead of out.

Simply put, an ingrown hair is one that is trapped under the surface of the skin and isn’t able to come out of the follicle properly. The longer the hair stays trapped the more likely it will create a small infection because bacteria are trapped in there as well. Now you have a red, painful bump.

So how can you avoid this result in the future? Let’s look at what could be missing from your hair removal routine…

It’s important that you gently exfoliate the area when showering to remove dead skin cells that can block hair follicles. Ways to exfoliate include dry brushing, loofahs, textured cloths, and granular scrubs. All methods are effective so it really comes down to personal preference as to which one to choose.

You also should moisturize the area by applying a light lotion each day. Keeping the area hydrated will help new hair get through more easily. A trick is to apply the lotion or cream while your skin is slightly damp from the bath or shower. Then apply a layer of body oil to hold in the moisture and prevent evaporation.

Regardless of how you remove hair, exfoliating and moisturizing on a regular basis will help reduce your ingrown hairs. Now let’s look at a few different hair removal methods…


Shaving creates more ingrown hairs than other methods of hair removal because razors cut too close to the skin, leaving behind sharp hairs that try to squeeze through tiny follicles when they grow back. They get stuck and voilà – bumpy, unsightly skin. So ditch the razor if you’re prone to ingrown hairs.  


Likewise, all waxing techniques remove the hair against the follicle. This can cause the hair to break off and not be completely removed, as well as result in follicle distortion which prevents the new hair from being able to grow out. It doesn’t matter if it’s soft, hard or strip wax, this method of hair removal will still result in more irritation and ingrown hair bumps. 


Conversely, sugar hair removal is a very attractive option for people who suffer from painful ingrown hairs. The sugar paste is applied against the hair, and then hair is removed in the direction of growth. By pulling out the entire hair from the root, all you’re left with is smooth, blemish-free skin.

In summary, you deserve long-lasting, smooth skin free from irritation and ingrown hairs. The solution is simple: exfoliate, moisturize and #GetSugared.

Book your sugaring hair removal appointment with Sugar Spa STL now!

Bikini line before and after sugaring: no redness or irritation!