This is a subject that some may be squeamish about, so if the idea of, ahem, ‘deforesting Tasmania’ offends you, you may look away now. If you’re not sure what I mean here is a graphical representation.
If my good lady waxer is to be believed, most of us get this done. She insists it’s the biggest part of her business, and considering her speed and dexterity she clearly gets a lot of practice. I could go on at length about why this might be, and I get the feeling it’s more of a Mary Douglas, matter-out-of-place, purity vs. pollution thing than anything kinkier, but I’ll leave that for another time. Today I shall talk about ingrowns, and how not to get them. It’s common knowledge that you need to exfoliate to keep your pharoah’s tomb ingrown-free, but what you wash it with matters just as much. Last time I went my lady waxer recommended I use a tea tree body wash to kill bump-causing bacteria and also disinfect my exfoliating gloves, and I haven’t looked back.
American Crew Tea Tree shower gel is the business. It doesn’t have the medicinal smell you’d expect from a tea tree product; rather it’s citrusy and bright, yet subtle. At $22 it’s not cheap, but the gel is thick and foams well, so two small pumps is enough to do your whole body. I also appreciate the straightforward packaging. But the best thing is its ingrown killing capacity, especially when combined with Skindoctors Ingrow Go.
Ingrow Go is basically a strong, alcohol-based salicylic acid solution, and you’ll want to wait a few days post-wax to begin using it. Trust me on that one. But the important thing is it works. It even kills that post-wax bumpy chicken skin look. At around $25 from pharmacies it is also not cheap, but one small bottle will last you a long, long time.