Ingrown hair is a troublesome condition where hair curls back or grows sideways into the skin. The condition is most prevalent among people who have coarse or curly hair, but anything which causes the hair to be broken off unevenly with a sharp tip can cause ingrown hairs, especially shaving. Though they aren’t serious, they can be irritating and embarrassing.
- You want to get rid of your ingrown hair before it becomes an enormous, painful bump. In order to do so, exfoliate the affected area at least daily with a body scrub that will remove dead skin cells and decrease inflammation, plus keep the skin from over-drying.
- Run a washcloth under hot water and press down on the area for about 5 to 10 minutes. This will soften the skin and open up the pores making the ingrown hair easier to pluck with a tweezer or needle.
- Use a sterile needle or tweezers for ingrown hairs to gently tease the hair out of the skin. Make sure you wipe down the tip with rubbing alcohol in order to prevent your skin from getting any infectious bacteria. (Remember: It may take some time to wheedle the hair out, so be patient and do not cut the skin)
- Since ingrown hairs are similar to pimples, you can apply acne cream (benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid) several times a day for a few days to the hair. Swelling will be reduced, giving the hair more room to grow out and then it can be removed easily.
These simple tips will prevent and cure your ingrown hair troubles!