Ingrown hair is hair that curls back and grows into the skin. It causes bumps that are similar to pimples. Ingrown hairs are uncomfortable and ugly. It also gets sore and hurts at times.Ingrown hair appears on the chin, cheeks, or neck in men. Women experience the same on the legs, pubic area and armpits. Those who shave often mainly experience ingrown hair which can even occur in the buttocks.
The African-Americans, Latinos and those with thick or curly hair get a sort of ingrown hair named pseudo-folliculitis. The bumps mainly appear in the beard area after shaving, waxing, or tweezing to remove excess hair. Coarse hair grows back and stabs the skin. Thereafter, the hair gets trapped under the surface and becomes ingrown.When infected, ingrown hair leaves a scar or darkens the skin.
Causes of Ingrown Hair
- Dead skin that blocks follicles: This prevents the hair from growing outwards
- Curly and coarse hair that is cut too short: The sharp end curls down and pierces the skin
- Certain sex hormones
How to Remove Ingrown Hair
- Leave it to go away on its own. With time, the bump disappears and the hair grows outward.
- Use hair removal cream.
- Use a sterile needle or scalpel to help the ingrown to come out. Do not cut the skin and be patient during the process.
- Use depilatory creams which dissolve the hair.
- Use a laser or electric current to perpetually eliminate the hair follicle.
- Use medication for example:
- Steroid medicine which is applied on the skin to reduce swelling and itchiness
- Retinoid that remove dead skin and lessen skin color changes resulting from ingrown hairs
- Antibiotic which is administered through the mouth or rubbed onto skin to treat ingrown hair
Employ acne treatment methods to remove ingrown hairs. Use benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid more than once a day for some time. It reduces swelling and allows the hair to grow outwards. Also try aspirin technique or add a bit of toothpaste.
Use a moist compress on the section with ingrown hair. This softens the surface and makes it easy for the hair to come out. Apply for about ten minutes to determine if this method works on your skin.
Warm milk. Deep a slice of bread in it and place it on the area. Remove it when it cools in about 2 minutes. Repeat severally and check for opening of the pore.
Use egg membrane to cover the affected area. Then, pull it off when dry.
Preventing ingrown hair
- Shave with warm water and lubricating gel
- Delay shaving as much as possible
- Ceremoniously rub the face daily using circular motion with a wet face towel or an exfoliating scrub to remove persistent ingrown hairs
- Use a sharp, single-blade razor for shaves
- Follow the direction of the hair growth during shaves
- Use the minimal strokes while shaving
- Wash the blade after each stroke
- Leave some allowance from the skin while shaving
- Hold electric razors above the surface of the skin
- Use a cool face towel after-shaves to lessen irritation
- Use salt, olive oil and sugar to exfoliate skin
Different methods may need to be employed in order to find one that best suits your situation.