Though we’re nearing the end of prime shorts and bikini season, we’ve all been hard at work trying to stay fuzz-free for the last days of summer. But constant shaving sessions and wax appointments don’t always guarantee that bumps and ingrown hairs won’t still be an issue. In fact, persistent irritation in sensitive areas like under your arms or along the bikini line can often make it look like we haven’t even shaved in the first place. Um, seriously, what gives?! Well, don’t get all nicked-off (shaving humor) just yet. In search of smoother skin that stays looking fly, here are the answers to your most burning hair removal questions.

1. Brit + Co: I shave my legs all the time, but now I have ingrown hairs and unsightly marks and it looks like I haven’t shaved at all. What gives?

Michele Green, Dermatologist: Shaving success depends on the thickness of the hair and the closeness of the shave, but it leaves the root and part of the hair exposed. In addition, constant shaving results in razor stubble and irritation. Not using the right shaving cream or having the areas prepped correctly can also cause this type of irritation. (Photo via Brit + Co)

2. B + C: How do you recommend preventing ingrown hairs?

Micheline Reboh, esthetician at Paul Labrecque Salon and Spa: I like Tend Skin ($14) for both men and women and recommend this to my clients.

3. B + C: What about razor bumps, what’s the best way to stop them?

MG: Using a high-quality shave gel or cream is important if you’re shaving with a razor. Try Elemis Skin Smooth Gel ($36), which contains jojoba oil to calm the skin. (Photo via Brit + Co)

4. B + C: How do I get rid of dark spots or other marks leftover from shaving?

MG: Dark spots, which are inflammation from shaving, can be lessened by using vitamin C serums like Beauty RX Triple Vitamin C Serum ($95), and bleaching creams with hydroquinone and kojic acid — Paula’s Choice Resist Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser ($27) is a solid choice. And don’t forget about sunscreen. Red marks can also be treated with vitamin C serums, sunscreen, and the V-Beam laser for focused results.

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