Do you know how to get rid of ingrown hairs? If you have ever had ingrown hair, you know how annoying they can be. They are usually itchy, painful, and irritating. An ingrown hair happens when instead of growing out to the surface of your skin; your hair curls around and grows back into your skin. An ingrown hair comes with all the signs of inflammation. The place swells, becomes red, and is painful. You can call ingrown hairs unavoidable nuisances because they can pop up in just about anywhere on your body where hair grows. However, they are more common in the pubic area, legs, underarms, and jawline.
Ingrown hairs are usually triggered by hair removal (waxing, shaving, depilatory creams, etc.) and environmental factors like sweating, friction, oil secretion, etc. The bump that develops from an ingrown hair may be soft and filled with pus. But at times, it is a hard bump. It usually becomes itchy and inflamed, and if care is not taken, it can become infected. Aside from the risk of infection, which the body would usually just take care of; ingrown hairs are generally harmless. But then, they can be a source of great discomfort. Well, if you have ingrown hairs, we will show you how you can get rid of them. We will also show you how to prevent them altogether.
How to Get Rid Of Ingrown Hairs
Most times, ingrown hairs would resolve by themselves without any form of treatment. But to ease the discomfort and pain, and to make them heal faster, you can try various home remedies.
These remedies are as follows:
1. Hold on with hair removal
Hair removal is one of the triggers for ingrown hair. Shaving, waxing, or using a depilatory cream while you still have ingrown hair may worsen matters for you.
You should wait for the ingrown to disappear before your next hair removal. Doing otherwise may cause more irritation and may likely cause infection.
2. Use an over-the-counter ointment
You could apply an ointment two times daily to minimize the risks of infection. These creams could also reduce inflammation. Examples include hydrocortisone, witch hazel, benzoyl peroxide, and any anti-itch cream.
3. Wash the area with warm water and soap
You can soften up the skin above the ingrown hair by using light pressure to rub the place in a circular motion. This can make the ingrown hair pop out from under your skin.
4. Apply a hot compress to the site
Heat could straighten up the hair and make it rise out to the skin surface. You could apply a hot compress, or use a cloth that has been soaked in hot/warm water.
A sterilized tweezer can then be used to pull the hair out after it comes out to the skin surface. If you try to pull the hair out before it reaches the surface, there would be scarring.
5. Gently pull the hair out
You can gently remove ingrown hairs using sterilized tweezers. All you need do is to grasp hair in the loop slowly twist the tweezer both ways. The hair would loosen and come out from under your skin.
You may decide to pluck the hair out with the tweezers after you have pulled it out. But make sure to do so carefully. If you pluck the hair out, immediately wash with warm water and soap, dry it gently, and rub on an antibiotic ointment.
Ways to Prevent Ingrown Hairs
There are no better means of preventing ingrown hairs than to avoid shaving, waxing, or plucking as the case may be. But then, this is not a practical option. Grooming is also very necessary.
However, if you have to groom, you should take the following preventive measures:
1. Prime the area before shaving
Treating the area before you use a razor on it could significantly reduce the risks of having ingrown hair by the time the hair starts growing back. You could prime the area by doing the following:
- Wash the area with warm water and mild soap. You can also soak the area in warm water if possible. This helps to soften up the skin
- Apply a shave gel or shaving cream to lubricate the area. There are products designed specifically for sensitive areas.
- Thoroughly dry up the area after shaving
2. Make use of single-bladed razors
Single-bladed razors are specially made to minimize the risk of having ingrown hairs. Meanwhile, repeated use of razors could also increase your risk. It is always better to use a fresh razor.
Double blades are not so good because the second blade scratches on the skin (and causes irritation that encourages ingrown hairs). Overused blades, on the other hand, are too dull to make precise cuts. That way, they also encourage the development of ingrown hairs.
With the two tips above in mind, you should also do the following to reduce your chances of having ingrown hair:
- Longer hairs are more difficult to remove, so they can cause ingrown hairs. Trim them before shaving
- Regularly exfoliate to remove dead skin. They can clog up your hair follicles and make you have ingrown hairs. If you are exfoliating, do so very gently
- Pull your skin tight while you are shaving
- After shaving, pat the area dry very gently. Do not scrub it with a handkerchief or a towel
7. Use a moisturizing cream with ingredients like glycolic or salicylic acid. Apply regularly to keep your skin soft.
A Long-Lasting Solution to the Problem of Ingrown Hairs
Laser hair removal is quite expensive but it provides a long-lasting solution when it comes to the issue of ingrown hairs. This method would remove your hair almost from the root, as well as damage the hair follicles. By damaging the hair follicles, hair may never grow back in that area.
Laser removal is not a one-time event. It takes a series of treatments that could continue for weeks or even months. But then, once you’re through, the results are almost permanent. The method is not so effective for people who have light-colored or blond hair.
Electrolysis is a more permanent option for hair removal. Hair roots are destroyed with the help of electrodes. It also requires a series of treatments to accomplish.
How to get rid of ingrown hairs should not be a problem. The tips we have shared are tested and proven to be effective. They will work if you try them.