Can Salt Help Ingrown Hair and Razor Bumps?

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Question: I’ve heard of using salt as a home remedy for ingrown hair and razor bumps. Is that true?

Answer: Yes, salt is not only exfoliating, but also helps increase circulation, promote healing and reduce swelling to the skin. You can use salt and its based products to prevent ingrown hairs and ward them off.

For the Face:

Take one cup of warm water and add 1 ½ tsp of salt (scale recipe down for a very small area). Dip a fresh cotton ball or square into the mixture and swipe over the ingrown hairs, don’t rinse off. The salt mildly exfoliates and cleanses the skin, helping to draw out the hair.

Be careful using over nicks, irritated, red or freshly shaved skin and if you use strong exfoliators like salicylic acid, enzyme products or glycolic as it could burn. Use daily until ingrown hairs clears up, but stop applying it if your skin gets red or irritated.

For the Body:

For ingrown hair on the body like the legs or bikini area, soak in the tub with two cups of Epsom salt. For a bit stronger exfoliation, take the Epsom salt and apply it directly to wet skin working in circular motions and rinse off.

Using a salt-based exfoliator is great to also ward off ingrown hairs before they start for those with oilier or acne-prone skin. If you have sensitive skin, stick to a gentler sugar scrub.

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