Q: Keeping on top of my summer maintenance has left me with ingrown hairs on my legs. Is there anything I can do to avoid them?
Andrea Williams, 30, from Milton Keynes
A: Ingrown hairs occur when the hair follicle becomes trapped and curls in on itself, resulting in a raised and sometimes painful bump.
The easiest thing you can do to avoid them altogether is to exfoliate and moisturise regularly. This will soften the skin so that these trapped hairs can escape more easily.
If you do spot the odd razor bump, try not to pick at it (however tempting it might be) to avoid infection and scarring.
Luckily, there are loads of products on the shelves designed to free those stubborn hairs. Skin Doctor’s Ingrow Go Lotion, £11, Boots, contains skin-buffing ingredients to relieve swelling and clear pores in as little as 24 hours.
For a quick, at-home remedy, dab a little bit of lemon juice on to the affected area. The natural acids exfoliate the area to relieve the problem.
Stephanie Maylor, Beauty Editor
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