How To Get Rid Of And Prevent Ingrown Hairs
You may have mistaken those sudden bumps on your face to be pimples, but they actually aren’t. Neither are they other skin condition. Could it possibly be ingrown hairs?
An ingrown hair occurs when hair curls back or grows sideways into our skin. This condition is common among people who have coarse and curly hair. It usually appears in areas where the skin is shaved or waxed – on legs, pubic region, and face, but it can appear anywhere. Anything that causes hair to break off unevenly with a sharp object can cause ingrown hair.
What are the symptoms and causes of Ingrown Hair?
Though ingrown hairs aren’t a serious matter, it can be irritating and embarrassing. Having a lot of them can cause itchiness and discomfort because it can form a painful, boil-like sore.
Symptoms of ingrown hair include rashes, itch, and hairs that remain in spite of shaving. They come out as reddish, raised bump, resembling a pimple.
Ingrown hairs in men often appear as a bunch of little bumps on the face after shaving. While in women, ingrown hairs commonly pop up on legs, pubic area, and armpits. Also, ingrown hairs can emerge on your buttocks.
People with curly hair are more prone to getting ingrown hair. This is because curly hair has a higher tendency of bending back making it re-enter the skin after it has been shaved or trimmed. However, ingrown hair can happen to anyone, regardless of the hair type.
High levels of certain hormones can also cause ingrown hairs. This is because there is a huge possibility of having excessive hair growth, especially after shaving.
What can be done to get rid of and prevent Ingrown Hair?
We do not want these annoying ingrown hairs to happen. But, we cannot control them especially if we have the habit of shaving or waxing our unwanted hairs. So you might be asking, “how to get rid of them?” We got you, follow these tips and bid farewell to those very irritating bumps.
- Exfoliate more often
Clogged hair follicle often leads to having ingrown hair. This clogging forces the hair to bend or grow sideways. Dead skin cells are the common reasons for a clogged hair follicle. So, regular exfoliation (at least once a week) will help prevent their build up. Exfoliation makes the skin smoother and less prone to ingrown hair.
- Try hair removal creams
Shaving triggers ingrown hairs. When hair is shaved off with a sharp edge, the tendency is for hair to curl back into the skin. Hair removal cream is an option to help avoid the use of a blade.
- Use a good blade or electric razor if shaving can’t be avoided
Choose the best blade that is available in the market. Disposable blades, most often, aren’t designed for long-term use. As for their quality, they can’t provide a maximum result. Sometimes, disposable razors don’t actually shave off all the hair in an area, causing ingrown hair to occur.
- A good blade must come with a good shaving cream
Shaving cream is essential in shaving because it gives an extra slip to the skin that ensures blades not to drag and avoid sensitive spots. Also, check the shaving cream contents, and opt for the alcohol-free, sensitive formula, to prevent skin from dryness.
- Shave in the right direction
If you are shaving on the opposite direction, it means that the hair will be cut at a sharper angle, and is more prone to getting an ingrown hair.
- Go for medical treatment if in doubt
As being mentioned earlier, ingrown hair occurs due to hormonal imbalance that causes excessive hair growth. One of the best treatments you can consider is IPL Hair Removal treatment. IPL offers permanent hair removal to patients who desire a smoother and hair-free body. Not only that it is super effective, but IPL is also budget-friendly and proven safe.
So, there you go. These tips can be useful in dealing with ingrown hair. Most cases of it can be left alone, but getting rid of and preventing them is better, especially if it brings pain to your skin.
- Princess Marasigan