This is the best stuff I've found for ingrown hairs. Being caramel colored, I try my hardest to avoid anything that will cause scarring... but shaving is a must! So is eyebrow waxing... this helps to minimize any horrible breakouts. So I know this stuff is effective for ingrown hairs.It's expensive but worth it. But be warned... it STINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i'm african american and as such i am particularly prone to ingrown hairs. i have been using this for years and it works incredible well. there were times i couldn't get a hold of a bottle of this and would just grab one of those generic "bump stoppers" in the ethnic male shaving needs [these do not work half as well as tend skin, don't waste your time with them]. i like to keep my skin fairly hair free. i wax everything [armpits, legs, bikini area etc.]. though waxing SIGNIFICANTLY reduces the number of ingrown hairs i get [vs. shaving], i still can get a few if i don't use this. after i'm done with my waxing session i take a shower, pat my skin dry, then apply this. i place a few drops on a cotton pad then dab it on the area. yes, it stings, but i'd rather experience momentary pain that have ingrown hairs ruin my complexion. the next day i do the same thing, and it doesn't sting as much. i like to apply this once a day for about 2-3 days after waxing. that way i don't get ingrown hairs. if i've slacked on my usage of this and develop ingrown hairs, they usually subside within a week of use. it does have a vinegar smell as others have said, but i goes away within a few minutes of application. you may also note that a few days after usage your skin may get a little flaky [it is of course an exfoliant]. i usually remedy this by using a scrub or an exfoliating wash cloth in the shower then applying a moisturizer. if you've been suffering from ingrown hairs and have been unable to find relief, this will probably be your best bet.
I received samples of this product from the company directly. They have amazing customer service by the way.
Up front, let me say that while I did use the product in the way it's intended to be used, I also found it's a great cystic pimple reducer. It can be a little drying to facial skin, but I get hormonal breakouts and it worked wonders on them.
As for shaving bumps and ingrown hairs, another wonder.
One of the ingredients in the product listing is Isopropyl Alcohol, which can sting a bit on open skin. The Acetylsalicytic Acid is a common acne treatment ingredient.
I couldn't help but notice a vinager-y scent when I used it, but it faded quickly, although I was surprised to see there's no vinegar in it.
For those who feel it gets used up too quickly, I would recommend using a cotton swab (q-tip) to apply the product.
This way, you don't slop as much around where you don't need it.
Overall, I would highly recommend this product for it's outstanding performance and the really fantastic customer service.
Don't be fooled by imitators, this is the ORIGINAL product, and well worth the price.
I will definitely repurchase.
Bought this on an online beauty store. It does exactly what it says on the bottle. For those of you who wax, shave, epilate the bikini area and then suffer the dreaded ingrown hairs later this will be of use to you. May sting a bit after you use it, but certainly helps to bring trapped hairs to the surface for easier removal. I was a bit sceptical at first, but It made a difference compared to the skin doctors brand.
This product does what it says and I have been using it for years. It is great to use after waxing to prevent ingrown hairs. Also I apply this to my face with a cotton pad after cleansing to control my acne. It has really improved my skin. I use it as a spot treatment on my blemishes.
I agree that this product is very expensive, but despite that I think it does what it claims. I use it after shaving and I never get razor burn. This is also a life saver in preventing ingrown hairs. Definitely burns a little, when you use it directly after shaving, but only for a little.
This worked to help prevent razor burn and bumps after shaving, but I think it is way too expensive for the results it delivers. Exfoliating before and after shaving prevents most of these problems for me. And I used a pore refining cleanser on my thighs to prevent the red, irritation bumps I sometimes get when I shave.
I wouldn't have a huge problem spending the money on this if it didn't get used up so quickly. I probably only used this like 10-15 times and its already half empty. If I used this regularly, I'd probably go through a bottle every month or so, which is sort of ridiculous.
I probably won't buy this again and will use the remaining amount I have when I need to wear a bathing suit or something.
I have very sensitive skin. SO SENSITIVE that I cant shave my legs. So it leaves me with waxing... only. LOL But this product helps me have no razor bumps. When needed I will shave. I just wish that they made this in a spray mist bottle because it would be so much easier to apply. :)
I finally tried this when I received a mini sample bottle from a bag of samples with my last Sephora order. I wanted to try this for a while since I b-wax myself 1x/month, but didn't want to shell out the money. As far as I can tell, this does not really do anything different than physically exfoliating the area with a loofah, or using a drugstore gel like BikiniZone. It has a strong alcohol smell and dries down slightly sticky. I would try a homemade asprin mask or go back to BikiniZone as they are cheaper and deliver comparable results.
Last night was my first time trying this product. I have always wanted to try it, but I have a hard time spending the money on things that may not work. I got this as a sample in a swap over the summer. I did not use the night before shaving (like instructed), but I did use it after shaving my bikini line. It stings a bit until it is dry (alcohol in it). But in the morning I had forgotten that I even shaved becuase I was not irritated at all! The area did not have those angry red bumps everywhere (I usually get them so bad that they are practically overlapping!-I also have sensitive skin)! I still had some slight red pin sized dots.... but they were not bumps and I only had 3-5 on each side. My clothing rubbing against the area did not irritate it either. Next I am going to try MUA user CareKate's recipe for making it yourself with alcohol, witchhazel, and aspirin. I may even throw some Lavender and Balsam Peru essential oil in the mix.