Removing hair is always an exhausting process. Even if you get most of it, you’re often still left with pesky stubble. But with the right techniques and planning, you can have clean skin after epilating.
In this guide, we’ll answer the question “How To Get Rid Of Stubble After Epilating?” We’ll give you tips on how to remove the stubble and how to prevent painful ingrown hairs from complicating the hair removal process.
By the end, you’ll be able to remove your stubble with ease. This will result in better skin and fewer skin reactions. So let’s get started!
- 1 How To Get Rid Of Stubble After Epilating
- 2 What Is Stubble?
- 3 What Causes Stubble?
- 4 What Happens To My Skin After Epilation?
- 5 Should I Exfoliate My Skin After Epilating?
- 6 How Do I Remove Ingrown Hairs From My Stubble?
- 7 How Long Does Epilation Last?
How To Get Rid Of Stubble After Epilating
Let’s dig into How To Get Rid Of Stubble After Epilating.
Epilating is a great way of getting rid of hair. An epilator will pull up hairs by the root that are about 1/8″ in length — even shorter than what you need for waxing.
But it doesn’t get all of them! Some stubble will remain.
You can choose to just live with it, and let those hairs grow a bit more before epilating them again. Or you can shave and deal with them that way. This potential two-step process is one of the disadvantages of epilation.
When removing the stubble, you always want to make sure that you’re cutting it slowly, to avoid the chances of accidentally nicking yourself.
Fortunately, the size of the stubble will decrease after frequent use of the epilator. That’s because the hair is being consistently ripped out by its roots (in a fairly painful process!).
If you want to tackle those remaining hairs with a razor, here’s how you do it:
Like any hair removal routine, you have to make sure that you prepare beforehand. Start by rinsing your skin with warm water before shaving. Doing this allows your pores to open up for post-epilating shaving, and keeps the hair soft.
2. Cleaning and Moisturizing
If you want to remove your stubble, cleaning and moisturizing your skin is crucial. If you’re working on your face, apply cold water if you want to close the pores after shaving.
Avoid using a towel to rub across your face. After rinsing and shaving your face, moisturize your skin with an aftershave-balm and moisturizer.
This will keep your skin soft and relaxed.
3. Using a Foaming Shaving Cream
Some find that using a foaming shaving cream can help. Place the shaving cream in a circular motion. This helps with exfoliating your skin and gently raises your hair. Once the shaving cream is applied, stretch your skin and rub the razor in the direction opposite of the remaining stubble.
Keep the shaving device near your skin at the correct angle and don’t apply too much pressure onto it. The razor’s weight will give all the pressure needed to remove your hair.
4. Stubble Removal
During this phase, you’ll want to be careful with your shaver or other hair removal device. When cutting off the stubble, go slowly. You want to avoid ingrown hairs if at all possible!
This will give you a more precise cut and better results.
What Is Stubble?
Stubble is short hair that reappears after shaving, epilating, etc.
It’s the patch of hair that has been previously shaved but regrows after a few days. It can often lead to itching and it may be unsightly.
What Causes Stubble?
Having a bit of stubble left on the skin after epilating is normal.
When you do get stubble on your skin, you can either let it grow to at least 1/8″ and then epilate, or remove it by shaving.
Shaving will only cause the hair to grow back faster with a coarse appearance. But eventually, you’ll be able to epilate it away.
What Happens To My Skin After Epilation?
After you epilate, your skin will often be red and sore. Epilation is a painful process, so you may be left with some redness and bumps. And you’ll have some straggler hairs that didn’t get pulled up by the epilator.
Particularly, you’ll have hair less than 1/8″, as the epilator doesn’t often grab those bits.
Should I Exfoliate My Skin After Epilating?
There are two ways to exfoliate your skin: chemical or friction products.
Chemical products are more effective at removing your skin. They use chemicals such as acetylsalicylic acid to remove ingrown hairs and dead skin without needing friction.
However, you have to be careful using them as excessive use can lead to skin irritation. If you plan on exfoliating your skin, wait at least 2-3 days before doing so.
How Do I Remove Ingrown Hairs From My Stubble?
When shaving, ingrown hairs are your worst enemy. To avoid this, you have to make sure your hair is removed thoroughly. Start by washing the area with warm water and mild soap. You can exfoliate the area if the skin is not irritated.
Place a wet cloth over the ingrown hair. This opens up the hair follicle and gives it room to drain. Hold your washcloth over the affected area for a minute. After the 1 minute mark, remove the washcloth.
With a pair of tweezers or a sterilized needle, tease the other areas of your hair. When your hair is above the skin’s surface, use the tweezers to grab its base. Pull it up upward to remove the unwanted hair.
Wash the affected area with warm water. Place a washcloth over it to reduce the chances of an infection.
When removing ingrown hairs from your stubble, don’t try to pick it if it’s underneath the skin. This could push the ingrown hair deeper into your skin and increase the time it takes to heal.
How Long Does Epilation Last?
Depending on the technique and the quality of your epilator, your smooth skin should last for 2-6 weeks.
On average, the interval between epilation sessions is about 1 month.
Due to our diverse bodies, results can vary from person to person. Some people’s hair grows back faster than others.
Remember, the more often you use an epilator, the slower the hair will regrow.
After each epilation session, the results tend to last longer. Does using an epilator make your hair thinner?
While this is true, it will take multiple sessions to ensure that the hair grows back weaker than its initial state.
Keep in mind that there’s no guarantee that this effect will be permanent unless you consistently epilate your hair to ensure that it grows sparser and sparser over time.