Beauty Real Talk: Ingrown Hair Serum & More, Everything You Need to Know About Ingrowns

Aimee Werner

Posted on March 14 2019


Whether you’re a man or a woman, you’ve probably experienced know, pesky ingrown hairs. And they always seem to strike at the most inopportune time (beach vacation, ugh).  
We’ve all been there before and have dealt with “ingrown woes. But bumps be gone! Thanks to Whish all-natural skin care products, we’ve developed a range of incredible formulations that will combat ingrown hairs, inhibit hair growth, exfoliate, and moisturize skin. So, you can say goodbye to those red bumps post hair removal. 
You absolutely deserve to live in a bump-free world, so let’s get down to the root of the problem (pun totally intended) and tell you everything you need to know about ingrown hairs, including products created with natural ingredients and safe for long-term use like our best-selling ingrown hair serum.

What Causes Ingrown Hairs Anyways?

Ingrowns can be one of the most frustrating skin problems because a lot of people don’t know what causes them – making it tough to prevent and treat them. We’ve done the research for you, so let’s look at some of the common causes of ingrowns. 


Do you have naturally curly hair? People who have curly hair types are much more likely to have ingrown hairs because the hair follicle does not grow straight up and out, causing it to bend back into the skin, therefore becoming irritated. If you have curly tresses, then we always recommend keeping a bottle of our ingrown hair serum on-hand! 

Clogged Pores

Our skin is constantly sloughing off dead skin cells that can clog pores, blocking the pathway for hair to grow up and out of the skin barrier as it naturally should, causing, yep, you guessed it, ingrown hairs. If you’re currently dealing with clogged pores and ingrowns, then you need a skin care regimen (complete with an ingrown hair serum) to clear you up.  
Try Whish exfoliating body wash before hair removal to rid skin of dead cells, moisturize, and prep skin for waxing or shaving. If you’re looking for something to treat your face (guys and gals), then we absolutely love our Renewing Mud Mask. This little gem deeply cleans and minimizes pores, exfoliates and removes dead skin evenly, and has a gentle all-natural retinol replacement called Bakuchiol.  
Bakuchiol gives retinol-like results without the harsh side effects. You’ll reap all the rewards of this retinol replacement like reduced fine lines and wrinkles, smoother skin texture, reduction in hyperpigmentation, discoloration, and scarring. This magical ingredient aids in the process of cell turnover to reveal fresh, beautiful skin.


Ever gone a little crazy with the tweezers? Don’t worry! We’ve all been there (hello ’90s brows). Although tweezing can provide a quick fix, it can also break off the hair just below the skin, causing painful, ugly ingrowns. If you’re a serial tweezer, then we recommend plucking once you’ve cleansed your face and always use clean tools. A bottle of our ingrown hair serum doesn’t hurt to have around, either.  


Sharpen those razors, ladies and gentlemen! Using a dull razor and no shaving cream is just asking for ingrown hairs. Also, if you’re guilty of pulling your skin tight to get that extra close shave, it can cause the hair to remain below the skin once tension is released—putting you at risk for ingrowns 
For a silky-smooth shave, don’t hold skin taut and always use a sharp razor, warm water, and a moisturizing shave cream


Waxing is a quick way to remove hair, but it certainly isn’t painless. Add ingrown hairs into the mix and you’re probably not feeling that great about your bikini line anymore. Like shaving and tweezing, waxing too can break off hairs just below the surface of the skin if not applied properly or the wrong type of wax is used.  
Combine all that with irritation from clothing and already clogged pores and you’re looking at ingrowns galore. Quick! Grab the ingrown hair serum

Do Ingrown Hair Bumps Go Away on Their Own?

We get this question a lot and in short, the answer is yes. If left untreated, ingrowns will eventually go away on their own. However, in most cases, it’s possible to treat ingrown hairs yourself to help speed along the healing process.  
One of our all-time favorite products is our Flawless Post Wax & Shave Serum. This ingrown hair serum banishes ugly bumps, ingrown hairs, and other minor imperfections. Our deliciously fresh smelling formula uses clinically proven active ingredients that restore skin’s suppleness and weakens hair follicles inhibiting future growth.  
In fact, in a double-blind clinical study, 34% of people who used our ingrown hair serum saw a reduction in hair growth in just four weeks! Unlike drugstore brand ingrown hair serums, which severely dry out the skin, our product moisturizes and soothes with all-natural ingredients while targeting ingrown hairs. This serum is perfect for men’s face and neck, the bikini area, brow, upper lip, chest, and any other area where blemishes from hair removal occur. 

How to Prevent Ingrowns

If you suffer from ingrown hairs, it’s extremely important to take care of your skin every single day. This means keeping your skin clean, moisturized, and exfoliated, to help prevent clogged pores and help hair grow up and out of the skin.  
To promote smooth, happy skin, we adore using these products as part of our daily skin care routine: 

Cleanse & Moisturize

Apply just a small amount of our Rice Milk + Rose Crème Cleanser to a wet face and massage in a circular motion for a deeply purifying treatment to reveal fresh, smooth, moisturized skin. Rinse away the day’s impurities with cool water and apply a thin layer of our Replenishing Day Cream to the face and neck and taa-daa, you’re on your way to a gorgeous complexion. 

Sugar Scrub

Prepare your skin for a close shave (or a sun-kissed self tan) with our Sugar Scrub. Just one exfoliation with this dream product and your skin will be buffed and moisturized to perfection.  


Whish Deodorant Gel with Hair Inhibitor is going to be your new bff. This aluminum free formula is quick drying and made with natural and organic ingredients. The best part is that it slows hair growth just like our ingrown hair serum, so that means less shaving (see ya ingrowns)!  
Having a daily skin care routine is the most important step you can take to prevent ingrowns from happening. Consistency really is key here.

Clear Skin Fast with Ingrown Hair Serum

As we said, your first line of ingrown hair defense is prevention. But if all else fails and you still see those little red bumps crop up post hair removal, then there’s something more you can do to clear skin fast!  
If you’re suffering from an ingrown, try exfoliating in the shower to gently slough off dead skin cells that can further exasperate ingrowns and cause more clogged pores. Our Coconut Milk+Verbena Exfoliating Body Wash has a natural AHA complex to help with cell turnover to prevent clogged pores and keep skin smooth with its gentle exfoliating properties.  
Pat skin dry and apply a small amount of our ingrown hair serum into your palm and massage into the affected areas such as the bikini line, legs, and underarms to help alleviate irritation.

Common Skin Mistakes & Things to Avoid

While some people have a higher propensity towards ingrowns, they can still be prevented. Here’s several common mistakes people make when it comes to causing ingrowns and things to avoid doing: 

Shaving Against the Grain

Shaving in the opposite direction of natural hair growth is an almost guaranteed way to get ingrown hairs. Always shave in the direction of hair growth to avoid a potentially painful problem later. 

Rubbing Alcohol

A lot of people use rubbing alcohol on skin to treat acne and ingrowns. However, this can further irritate skin by drying it out. Avoid using rubbing alcohol on your skin and instead go with an alcohol-free ingrown hair serum.

Shaving Without Lubrication

It’s better to not shave at all, then to shave dry skin. Avoid painful razor burn and ingrowns, by using a moisturizing shave cream.

Shaving with a Dull Blade

Do yourself a major favor and use a sharp razor when shaving. Remember, shaving cuts the hair at a sharp angle already, which makes the hair more likely to re-enter the skin and become irritated. 

Not Exfoliating Before Hair Removal

Give yourself the best shot at avoiding ingrown hairs, by exfoliating skin prior to hair removal. By sloughing off dead skin cells, you’ll decrease your chance of clogged pores.

Not Moisturizing Skin After Hair Removal

Whether it’s shaving, waxing, tweezing, you name it, always moisturize after removing hair. A little dab of our ingrown hair serum will go a long way in preventing ingrowns 

Feel confident in your skin with all-natural Whish ingrown hair products. Shop our complete line of natural skin care products as seen on broadcast television and in publications such as People, Marie Claire, and US Weekly. Clear skin looks great on you!