Ingrown hair prevention and remedies

Stop the ingrown hair before it appears

Ingrown hair prevention tips come in handy considering that women and men occasionally suffer from ingrown hair problem.

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In men, facial ingrown hair is also known as pseudofolliculitis barbae. It is a result of a hair that has been cut off by a razor, and curls back into the skin creating a little bump or “razor burn”. It is more common in African American males and in men with curly, thick hair.

In women, this problem is present as ingrown leg hair or ingrown pubic hair around the bikini area.

Tips for ingrown hair prevention

  • Direction of shaving

One mistake that both men and women repeat time after time when shaving is the direction in which they shave the hairs off.

Shaving should be performed in a direction of the hair growth, not against it. Use this direction every time you shave. This way, the new hair growth is straight and will penetrate the skin easier and will prevent the creation of ingrown hair. Never shave so close to the skin that you actually cause friction between the skin and the razor. This irritation may worsen the skin bumps or create new ones.

If you missed a few hairs while shaving, go back and shave in the downward direction, not opposite. Don’t go back more than once.

  • Exfoliate the skin before shaving

Before shaving your face, make sure you use a facial exfoliant. It will slough off the dead skin cells and open up the pores. This allows the hair to leave the underlying skin layer and not get back in.

If you have a couple of minutes after you take a shower, exfoliate your whole body using simple to make body scrub recipes. For any body exfoliant or body scrub to work, they have to be applied after taking a shower. This is when the skin is moist and they show best effects. They rejuvenate your skin and help it become softer and better moisturized, all of which prevents razor burns.

  • Invest in a good razor

Invest in a good quality razor. It will be your best friend because it will aid ingrown hair prevention when used. Make sure it has a moisturizer of some kind built in above the blade to provide for smooth shaving. Change it often.

  • Always use a shaving gel

Shaving gel reduces the friction between the razor and the skin. See if you can find one that has aloe vera in it. Aloe vera is soothing and will certainly prevent skin irritation.

If you do encounter a problem of ingrown hair, there are available at home ingrown hair remedy tips that can be of help.

Ingrown hair remedies

Ingrown hair remedy will help remove stubborn hair nestled under the skin and not leave behind scarring or damage to the skin. Apply ingrown hair home remedies before hair turns into a painful bump.

What is an ingrown hair?

Ingrown hair is a hair that has decided to change its growth direction and instead of going upwards, it curls back and starts growing inwards resulting in an ingrown hair and sometimes bump. Both waxing and shaving may result in ingrown hair; shaving is particularly prone to yielding this result because of the razor cuts of the hair whose end is now sharp and free to dig back into the skin.

Don’t wait to apply an ingrown hair remedy and risk ending up with inflamed hair follicles. Here’s how:

If you are experiencing ingrown hair on any area of the body or face, this treatment should be something to practice every time they appear. This problem can be irritating and painful if the spot gets infected, so why not try and get ahead of the problem by applying some of the tips to help you in ingrown hair prevention.

Before you apply ingrown hair home remedies

One thing to keep in mind before you try any ingrown hair remedy or ingrown hair treatment: don’t exfoliate the skin after you have noticed an ingrown hair. It will only irritate the skin and worsen the problem. As I have mentioned, it is best used as a prevention of ingrown hair. You can, however, take a shower or bath which will soften the skin and open the pores and allow for an easier application of ingrown home remedies.

Before you decide to proceed with ingrown hair remedy, make sure you have prevented any possible infections. Let the hair grow longer. This will create a bump on the skin and eventually dry out the layer that directly covers the damaged follicle. Then, the hair is ready for removal.

6 Steps to applying ingrown hair remedy

  1. When you decide to remove the ingrown hair, wash your hands thoroughly or use one of the hand sanitizers available on the market.
  2. Get a pair of sharp, needle-nosed tweezers that you are going to disinfect by applying some alcohol on them.
  3. Clean off the spot with an alcohol pad or a cotton ball dipped in alcohol. Alternatively, clean it with hydrogen peroxide.
  4. Pinch the skin using your thumb and your index finger and insert the tweezers into the bump. Be gentle when you do this. Do this deep enough to penetrate the skin and reach the hair.
  5. Squeeze gently. When the hair starts appearing to stop and use the dull part of tweezers to pull it out in the direction of hair growth. Do this slowly, otherwise, you will break the hair which means you are back at the beginning.
  6. After you have removed the hair and the follicle, apply some alcohol on it again.

Please don’t use a needle or dig too deep!

Maintain the softness of the skin with AHA

I would also recommend you take a milk bath whose Alpha Hydroxy Acids or AHA soften the skin and help remove the dead skin cells so the hairs do not get lodged in the skin again.

What if the ingrown hair becomes inflamed or infected?

If not treated, ingrown hair might end up getting infected and turning into folliculitis. Infected ingrown hair or folliculitis is caused by blockage of the hair follicle. This is often caused by shaving. When this happens, the bacterium Staphylococcus enters the skin and causes an infection.

The presentations of ingrowing hair

Applying aspirin mask will greatly help clear out the infection. This is obviously a face mask, but aspirin is a potent anti-inflammatory agent that stops and clears out any ongoing inflammation process. Aspirin contains acetyl-salicylic acid AKA Beta Hydroxy Acid able to slough off skin cells. Apply it on the infected area as needed or until the infection clears up.

Another option is applying lavender oil which will soothe the skin and calm the infection.

Six Tips for Treating Ingrown Pubic Hair

If you have ever experienced the pain of ingrown pubic hair and the tiresome treatment of it, you’ll find this article helpful. Here are 6 ways to treat ingrown pubic hair:

#1 For ingrown pubic hairs along the bikini line, hold a hot compress against ingrown spots for ten minutes three times a day to soften the skin and help the hairs work their way out.

#2 Wear loose-fitting underwear and clothing until the bumps are gone to avoid friction.

#3 Some find it helpful to exfoliate the area before waxing. This removes some of the dead skin cells in the top layer of skin cells that often contribute to trapping the hairs.

Exfoliating options include creams, lotions, or body gels, a slightly abrasive washcloth or glove specifically designed for exfoliation. Check at the beauty counter at your local department store.

#4 Do not exfoliate the skin if you already have ingrown pubic hairs as further skin irritation may result.

#5 When waxing, be sure to pull the hair out by the roots. Do not allow the hair to break below the skin surface.

#6 Use Ingrown Hair Treatment. It prevents pubic ingrown hair and eliminates existing ingrown hair within days.

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Monika Hristova

Monika is the Editor-in-Chief at SkinPractice. She is a skin care addict and researcher, who feels strongly about helping people with different dermatology conditions from alopecia to warts.

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