From uncomfy undies to the monthly period pain, UTIs and thrush, these things are all normal parts of life we almost come to expect. One of the main issues we experience as triathletes is the annoying ingrown hair. With the intention to look great in our bathers and general grooming, the friction caused by tight lycra and bike saddles can make training very uncomfortable. If you have ever waxed or shaved down there you would be no stranger to the pesky ingrown hair. It appears as a red raised bump similar to a pimple. They are not dangerous as such but can be painful and itchy, and if not taken care of properly can turn into a deep boil type sore.
Certain mysterious bikini-line bumps can throw you for an especially large loop. Is that an ingrown hair , zit, or could it be something more serious? Your hair grows out of little pockets in your skin called follicles. But with an ingrown hair, the hair loops back and enters your skin again. How convenient.
Body hair can seem like more of an inconvenience than anything else. And between the nicks and the ingrown hairs, dealing with your body hair can feel like a battle. It happens for two reasons. Secondly, your bikini line endures constant friction and pressure from clothing, which can keep the hairs from growing straight out as they should and force it back into skin. If ingrowns are a regular issue for you, try swiping your underarms post-shave with Bliss Ingrown Eliminating Pads.
Unfortunately, the side effects of waxing aren't always just hairlessness. Hair removal sometimes leaves its mark—and comes with the price of redness, breakouts, ingrown hairs, and more. Being educated about preventative treatment, and knowing how to get rid of problems when they arise, will turn waxing from a terrifying prospect to an exciting one. Does waxing have you seeing red? Although you may not be able to completely avoid it, there are some things you can do to lessen redness and leave your skin closer to how it looked before the wax.