Can Pimples and Ingrown Hairs Grow in the Same Places?
The short answer: yes and no. The long answer: it depends on if either of the two have shown up on a part of your body where you've recently manipulated the hair. "Acne occurs in areas where sebaceous glands predominate: in the T-zone in the face, chest, and back," Dr. Linkner told POPSUGAR. "Ingrown hairs tend to occur where hairs are being manipulated, like the beard or bikini areas."
If you don't shave or wax your face, it's likely that any blemish that appears there is a pimple, whereas if you frequently shave or wax you're bikini area — specifically if it's done incorrectly — there's a larger possibility of you growing an ingrown hair there. Men who shave their faces are also prone to getting ingrown hairs on their neck and jawline areas.
How Do You Treat Pimples and Ingrown Hairs?
"The first step in trying to tackle either an ingrown hair or pimple is to exfoliate the skin," Linkner said. "This will help relieve the congestion while also increasing the skin-cell turnover to prevent future occurrences. Salicylic acid-based washes are ideal."
If you're trying to get rid of a pimple, Linkner recommends using Rodan + Fields Unblemish Refining Acne Wash for its "gentle but active approach." The product can be used daily on the face and body.
To combat ingrown hairs on the other hand, she mentioned that it's also important to change out your razor regularly if you shave. "The bacteria that resides on the razor oftentimes is the culprit for the infections at the hair follicles that characterize in grown hairs," she said.
If waxing is your body hair removal method of choice, try exfoliating before and after getting waxed and following up with a product likeFur Ingrown Concentrate.
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