Ingrown Hair? why it is caused? How can we get rid of them? These are small lumps on your skin that occurs mainly due to shaving, waxing or tweezing excessively. It can appear on Face, Chin, hands, legs, underarms and also in bikini area. Explore the blog to know how you can prevent and cure ingrown hair for smoother skin.
What is Ingrown Hair?
It is a hair that grows back under your skin instead of growing outward. These hairs are darker and appear like a small bump under a skin layer. Hair follicles get infected under your skin and you get itchy or filled with pus if left without any proper prevention.
What Causes it?
- Wearing Tight clothes can cause hair grow inwards – This happens during hot sunny days or during a workout. Tight clothes rub against your skin and cause ingrown hair.
- Dead skin cells clog hair follicles grow under the skin – This usually happens when you have open pores. Excessive dirt and oil clog your skin and forces hair to grow inwards, sideways and not outward, which may result in pus and bacterial inflammation.
- Hair removal methods – While shaving or waxing your hair, if not pulled hair in the opposite direction of hair growth makes your hair grow inside and also shaving against the hair direction can cause ingrown hair.
Poking, Tweezing, or Pricking is not a solution to get rid of it. There are other super ways to remove ingrown hair safely.
How to root it out safely?
- Exfoliate – Use a creamy Exfoliant (exfoliant shouldn’t be too harsh). Gently scrub in a circular motion and wash with warm water and pat dry. Repeat every alternate day. For better results & smoother skin, use a natural homemade exfoliant.
- Warm Compress – Wet the clean soft cloth using warm water and gently rub on the affected area in a circular motion. Doing this twice a day, can open up clogged pores and reduce inflammation and infection.
- Tone your skin – Use a toner with salicylic acid after exfoliation helps close the open pores. Toner is an perfect option that helps in removing pigmentation and reduces infection as well.
- Tweezer – Sanitize and Sterilize the tweezer in hot water. Rub the affected skin area with rubbing alcohol and gently tweeze out the hair. Avoid tweezing if the hair is deep under the skin, as it may cause pigmentation and leads to inflammation. It also may open up the pore and allow bacteria and dirt to enter easily.
Few Tips to Prevent it from reoccurring.
- Avoid Using a Razor Blade.
- If using shaver? Then shave in the direction of the hair.
- Avoid excessive tweezing or shaving of hair.
- Take a warm shower.
- Use a new shaver blade on every use.
- Use an astringent based toner solution after shaving or waxing.
These are some of the ways you can kick off it at home easily. Even so, There might be few conditions, when you need to visit a dermatologist.
When to visit a Dermatologist?
Dermatologists can help extract the pus-filled ingrown hair cysts without any risk of infection or wound. The skincare products or medicines a dermatologist recommends also help reduce any hyperpigmentation.