Ingrown hairs occur when hair is broken or cut at a level beneath the skin, often as a result of shaving. When re-growth occurs, instead of hair growing outwards in a straight line and out of the follicle opening they fold inwards and penetrate the skin surface. This can be painful, causing inflammation, itching and swelling.
Often, a minor infection occurs and an unsightly pustule forms at the site of the ingrown hair. There are several methods by which the troublesome hair can either be released or removed from the skin, as well as methods for preventing this condition from occurring.
Treatment by Release
If the hair is allowed to continue to grow, it will often surface through the skin naturally. However, if the ingrown hair is painful or unsightly, you may want to take more direct measures for quick relief. Using tweezers or sterile needle, you can try and nudge the ingrown hair towards the surface of the skin. If there is a pustule at the site of the ingrown hair, squeezing with clean fingers can help the hair to pop out. Wash the area afterwards to prevent further infection. Whichever method for release you use, be gentle so as not to cause further damage.
Treatment by Removal
It is easy to remove ingrown hair; only a few simple steps are needed. It requires sterilised tweezers and a similar procedure. However, once the hair has been released, you may want to pluck it out completely to release and treat any infection more efficiently. Once the hair has been removed, wash the site with soap and water to keep the area clean. There may be some slight pain during the removal process but it is endurable.
It is better than being frustrated with the break outs and the irritation caused by ingrown hair. Any redness can be removed using astringents. Another simple alternative is to use depilatroy creams to remove the unwanted ingrown hair. If you wish to seek professional assistance for a recurring ingrown hair, laser hair removal or electrolysis are possible options.
Prevention is said to be better than cure. Following a shave, keep the skin clean to avoid blocked pores which may result in ingrown hairs. Two to three days after a shave when re-growth is underway, exfoliate every few days, massaging the product into the skin with circular motions to free any hairs which may have the potential to become ingrown.
As the saying goes, ‘Prevention is better than cure.’ Save yourself the hassle and pain from ingrown hair with a good daily hygiene routine. Ensure that your skin is always kept clean and constantly moisturized to prevent dryness which leads to ingrown hairs.
Exfoliation is an excellent process to remove the dirt clogging your skin pores so that your skin stays fresh and clear, giving that youthful look without any irritation. You don’t have to be a chronic sufferer of ingrown hair. There are many other ways to get rid of these frustrating and irritating break outs. With this knowledge, you may never have to suffer from the discomfort of ingrown hair again. Try these tips for yourself and see the difference.