An ingrown hair is actually a hair that, while growing, returns to its follicle instead of coming up to the skin surface, so it keeps growing and twisting back to its root. The ingrown hair may also start growing from the follicle and remain inside the skin.
The ingrown hair problem can appear at almost every part of the body, such as face, neck, legs and many others. Although it is about a mild irritation, the ingrown hair occurrence is not a pleasant feeling, and if it is located on some visible part of the skin, it presents an aesthetic problem too. Moreover, if it is not treated on time, the ingrown hair can become infected.
Unfortunately, while the ingrown hair occurrence is more common in people with curly hair, almost each person is going to face with this problem at least once in their lifetime. Also, if you shave regularly, the ingrown hairs can easily become a very common problem. Are you struggling with one right now? If so, follow these instructions, get rid of it and prevent it from coming back.
Home remedies to get rid of ingrown hair
Peeling and massage
The very first thing you need to do is exfoliate the skin where the ingrown hair has appeared. Massage the affected skin area slightly, several times a day. In this way, you will cleanse the skin and pores of dirt and help the top of the hair to break through the skin. However, be careful not to overdo the peeling because the skin around the hair may bleed.
More sever case is the ingrown hair under the scab, after the infection has already occurred. In such a situation, both massage and exfoliation should be done in a milder and gentler way. Make sure you use a soft exfoliating glove.
By putting a warm, moist compress to the affected skin area for a few minutes, you will soften the skin.
• You can use a wet warm washcloth, wring it out and apply it to the ingrown hair. When it cools down just dip it in the hot water again and repeat the process.
• If the ingrown hair is somewhat visible, this treatment will make the hair and skin softer and the hair will eventually come out to the surface.
• If you cannot immediately see the hair, leave the warm washcloth on for about 10 minutes, until the hair completely comes out to the surface of the skin.
Application of anti-acne cream will certainly help. Ingrown hairs are quite similar to acne, particularly if the ingrown hair contains pus.
• Apply the benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid to the ingrown hair a few times a day for 3 to 4 days.
• If you combine this routine with daily exfoliation and massage, it will surely be enough to remove the ingrown hair.
Since the swelling will be reduced, the hair will have more room to grow out, rather than to grow back in.
A sterile needle or tweezers
Use these tools to gently pull the ingrown hair out of the skin. You should combine this with the warm compress method. Do not force the hair out if you cannot reach it easily.
• If you can see a loop of the hair near the skin surface that means that the hair has twisted itself and now it is growing back into the skin. If you can put a needle in the loop and pull gently, the end of the hair will probably come loose.
• If you decide to use tweezers for this procedure, you have to choose between either pointy or flat-tipped. A pointy-tipped pair may cause less damage to the skin around the hair if used carefully.
• Sometimes it will be pretty hard to get the hair out, so be patient and if needed leave a warm compress on the skin for a while longer.
• Always make sure you keep everything clean. Wash your hands thoroughly and sterilize all the tools that you are using with alcohol.
• Use a moisturizer for every part of your body prone to ingrowth hairs.
• When you are about to shave, make sure you keep that area wet. Do not apply shaving cream or foam to a dry skin.
• If the problem persists for more than a few days and if the area around the ingrown hair becomes infected, be sure to consult your doctor or a dermatologist.