By Jessica Chia
Ingrown hairs are big, red, and painful—exactly the kind of thing you don’t want cropping up during bathing suit season. But eliminating them without pain or infection requires a little finesse. Dermatologist Monika Kiripolsky explains in three steps:
SCRUB. Remove dead skin cells with an exfoliating scrub.
Related: 11 Bad Hair Habits You Need to Break
APPLY HEAT. Using a warm washcloth, put gentle pressure on each side of the bump for 2 to 3 minutes twice a day until hair emerges.
PLUCK. When (and only when) the hair is at the surface of the skin, you can grab it with sterilized tweezers.
More From Prevention:
Your Head-to-Toe Hair Removal Guide