- Constant tenderness
- Trapped, ingrown hairs cause inflammation which result in the body forming papule - a small, raised, abnormality on the skin commonly known as a bump giving rise to the term 'razor bumps'
- The body can also respond by producing a pustule - a blister on the skin containing pus
- An infected pustule can become ruptured resulting in bleeding
- Pain - mild or severe
- Hard, prominent, irregular scar tissue in the skin in chronic cases
Additional advice: If you carry out skin exfoliation regularly with a loofah or mesh sponge after waxing or shaving, you'll take off the thin layer of skin that's trapping the ingrown hairs and set them free.
Wet the loofah and squeeze to soften if preferred, then gently massage the skin, especially dry, rough areas. Do not use the loofah on broken skin. Some beauty advisors believe using a loofah once a week for skin exfoliation is enough to keep the area exfoliated. Exfoliating too much will dry the skin and leave it sensitive and susceptible to ingrown hair.