Ingrown Chin on Women Too?

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When I'm talking to a woman and she asks me what I do for a living, she's usually intrigued that I write about hair removal. The first thing she'll usually do is get me alone, lower her tone and ask, 'How do I get rid of my facial hair?' More often than not, her facial hair that she wants to remove includes the chin.

But the problem doesn't end there. Many times women struggle with at least some of the chin hair being really thick.

And depending on how it's being removed, often this hair will grow back into the skin. Ah yes, those lovely ingrown hairs.

One friend has such a problem with ingrown facial hair and was given a prescription to lighten the dark spots she had gotten from hair growing back into the skin. I asked her what medical advice or product they recommended to her for preventing the actual root problem causing the dark spots- the bumpy ingrown hair. But they didn't give her any such advice or treatment, only for the dark spots, or hyperpigmentation, the side effect from the ingrown hair. How terrible.

Preventing Ingrown Chin Hair:

  • Tweezing. Use a good quality pair of tweezers that won't slide off or break hair unnecessarily. If you break hair it causes the end to be sharp and provides more chance of getting ingrown because it can pierce the skin more easily. Tweezers don't have to be expensive but just do their job. I like the ones with slanted ends because it's easier for them to adjust to the curves in the skin- like on the chin and they seem to be able to uplift shorter hairs than the straight kind. Tweezerman Slant Tweezers (compare prices on Amazon) are a great and affordable pick.
  • Epilating. These often break hair because they manually take the hair out quickly. While there are some things you can do to prevent ingrown hair from epilating (read tips), it may be a continuous problem. If you don't see an improvement, then try another method, at least on the chin or other facial areas where you tend to get ingrown hair.
  • Shaving. I don't recommend women shave their face, but I know they do. If you're one of them then do all of the steps: use a good quality razor, a pre-shaving oil, a moisturizing shaving cream or gel, including an aftershave. This will help you get a closer shave so it lasts longer. You'll also have less chance of nicks, cuts, and ingrown hair. Stay away from those little facial razors marketed to women made to be used dry. They don't provide a close shave and they're more prone to pull on skin causing irritation and rashes.
  • Moisturize daily. Dry skin makes a happy ground for ingrown hair but doesn't seem to bother soft, moisturized skin as much. This is because it's easier for hair to pierce dry skin, whereas soft skin is pliable. You probably use some type of moisturizer on your face. Don't forget to use your facial moisturizer and toner on your entire chin area, not just the front. The bottom or underside of the chin is where the hair is thicker and more prone to hair growing back into the skin.
  • Exfoliate often. Getting rid of dead skin cells regularly is proven to help prevent ingrown hair by removing skin cells that could block the top hair follicle, causing hair to grow in the wrong direction. Whether you use a tool (like Clarisonic) or a product to exfoliate, make sure to reach the area that you might miss often that gets the bumps, the underside of your chin!

    If you're still seeing bumps, then try an ingrown hair fighting product.

    More:

    • How to Tweeze Chin Hair
    • How to Prevent Ingrown Hair from Waxing
    • How to Remove Female Chin Hair