Ingrown hairs happen quite often and can come along with inflammations or infections. But is there a way of getting rid of them? Yes, there is!
In this article, I am going to show you how to remove ingrown hair and prevent this issue from recurring with simple yet effective methods.
What Is An Ingrown Hair?
As hair grows out of the skin, it can sometimes grow into the skin instead, which can eventually be really painful. Although ingrown hairs are likely to occur in people with curly hair, people with straight hair can be affected by ingrown hairs as well, for instance after waxing, shaving or tweezing.
They can crop up anywhere on the body and, though being harmless, can result in acne-like bumps.
This happens due to the hairs being too short or growing in areas of the body that experience a lot of friction, such as the bikini zone, legs or the face.
How To Get Rid Of Ingrown Hairs
If you are lucky enough, you won’t need a treatment for removing ingrown hair as they usually resolve over time. But if you want to get rid of an ingrown hair, whether to prevent an infection or to get rid of an unpleasant itching in the affected area, you can easily pull the hair out with the following steps:
- First things first, you will have to wash the affected area with soap and warm water.
- Gently exfoliate the skin if the area is not irritated. (optional)
- In order to open the follicles, you will have to apply a warm and wet washcloth on your ingrown hair.
- Hold the washcloth in place for about 1 minute before removing it.
- Grab a sterilized tweezer or needle and gently tease out the hair.
- Once the entire hair is above the surface, you can grab its base with a tweezer.
- Proceed by firmly pulling upward to remove the hair.
- After that, cleanse the area with soap and water.
- Apply a warm washcloth in case your skin should be irritated.
Avoid picking out an ingrown hair that is under your skin as this might lead to an infection! Never force removing an ingrown hair by digging around. If the hair just won’t budge, you better see a dermatologist real quick.
How To Prevent An Ingrown Hair
1. Exfoliate: Dead skin cells, dirt or oils can clog the hair follicles and result in ingrown hairs. You can prevent this by exfoliating your skin. Before you start shaving, scrub the area which you are going to shave with an exfoliating cream to unclog pores. You can also use a loofah instead.
By doing this, you will gently scrub away the dead skin cells on top of the skin and prevent them from trapping hairs inside the follicles, which in fact leads to ingrown hairs.
2. Shave In The Hair Growth Direction: Shaving hairs in the wrong direction may also result in ingrown hairs. Therefore, you should always make sure to shave in the right direction. This won’t penetrate the skin too much and, as a result, the hairs will grow in the right direction.
3. Use A Dry Brush: By brushing your skin with a long-bristled dry brush in a circular motion you can scrape away the outer layer of dead skin cells. Removing dead skin will keep the pores clear and reveal a much softer skin underneath. This procedure will prevent your hairs from growing inward.
4. Practice Good Shaving Techniques:
- Do not overuse disposable razors.
- Always use clean razors that are sharp instead of rusty ones.
- Don’t shave too often.
- Rinse the blade after every single stroke.
- Clean the blade with alcohol after shaving.
5. Use A Shaving Cream Or Gel: Shaving creams and gels not only add moisture but also reduce friction while shaving. Inflammation, skin irritation or a razor burn are caused by too much friction on the skin. Hence, it is important to reduce friction.
If you have a sensitive skin, you may react to the ingredients in shaving creams or gels, which is why you should use hypoallergenic products instead.
5. Pick The Best Blade: Noticing ingrown hairs frequently may indicate that you just use the wrong type of razor. A high quality razor should glide gently across the skin without leaving behind missed hairs. For that reason, you should replace your razor regularly.
In case you have noticed ingrown hairs frequently, you should better blame your razor for causing this inconvenience!.
The Bottom Line
If you have read all the above tips on how to get rid of ingrown hairs, you are good to go for the next hairy challenge. The next time you notice an ingrown hair, remember to follow the above mentioned tips.
If in doubt though, leave it alone and contact your dermatologist. That way you will avoid making it worse than it actually is!
I hope you enjoyed reading this article. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment in the comment section down below and I will be more than happy to help you out!
Founder of The Hairy Solution