We’ve all had them. Those painful red bumps that really ruin that smooth look you were going for when you shaved or waxed. Ingrown hair is a common issue that almost everyone faces at least once in their lifetime. These strange bumps are not exactly pimples. Ingrown hairs are hairs that have curled around and grown back into your skin. Folliculitis, an infection of the hair follicle, may follow, possibly accompanied by the formation of a pustule that resembles a little pus-filled pimple.
Dead skin can clog up a hair follicle by forcing the hair inside to grow under the skin. Even when naturally curly hair is shaved or cut too close to the skin, the sharpened end of the hair can pierce the skin, causing an ingrown hair.
Ingrown hairs are caused by waxing or shaving, and are most common with thicker, curlier hair. So the two worst places that you could suffer those nasty bumps are the pubic and the facial areas.
How to prevent ingrown hair:
- Exfoliate your face at least 2-3 times a week to tease out any stubborn ingrown hair.
- It’s very important to shave with single-bladed, sharp razor.
- Shaving in the same direction of the hair growth helps prevent ingrown hair.
- Soften your skin with warm water before shaving.
- Don’t shave too close to your skin. Leave a little bit of stubble if you can.
- Stop tweezing and waxing. When the hair is pulled entirely out of the follicle, its tip might break, which can easily lead to ingrown hairs.
In Clinic Treatments for ingrown hair
Microdermabrasion And / Or Peels
Chemical peels along with MDB not only help get rid of ingrown hair, but also help prevent the issue. It exfoliates the dead skin and help with cell rejuvenation process. These treatments should be done by professionals only.
Your dermatologist may suggest creams with AHAs that can help with ingrown hair. For e.g., Kosmoderma’s Detan face & body lotion can help you with ingrown hair problems and more. It is an absolute damage repair for your skin.
This lotion is formulated with AHAs to help relieve rough, dry and environmentally damaged skin. Repeated use of the cream may reduce the appearance of pigmentation, ingrown hair, fine lines and wrinkles. It can even lighten the skin tone!.
Laser Hair Reduction
For a solution* to ingrown hair, go for laser hair reduction. Laser hair reduction is safe, precise and offers a solution* to the unwanted hair problem.
Try these home remedies to get rid of ingrown hair*:
- Mix up enough baking soda and water to form a thick paste. Dab it on the affected skin and simply exfoliate with a baking soda paste. Baking soda exfoliates the dead skin and breaks the ingrown hair. Baking soda is pretty mild and will help keep the follicle from getting plugged up while you wait for the hair to break the surface. Apply coconut oil or moisturizer on afterwards to keep the skin soft.
- Dilute 15 drops of tea tree oil with 2 tb spoon of olive oil. Dilute the tree oil before applying it to your skin to prevent irritation, stinging, or an adverse reaction. Apply the diluted tea tree oil on the affected skin after cleansing the area with antibacterial soap. You may do this twice daily or as needed. A tea tree oil soak will help open your pores, loosen up the ingrown hair, and reduce inflammation.
*The Kosmoderma website contains facts, views, opinions, statements and recommendations of users of the Kosmoderma clinics, website, third party information providers and organizations. Individual results may vary.