Are you struggling with the problems of ingrown hair? If yes, then follow these simple tips to reduce their growth.

Weird bumps sprung up on your face. But they are neither hives nor pimples. What they could be? They are ingrown hair! Ingrown hair is the hair that have curled and grown back into the skin instead of rising up from the skin.

Dead skin usually clogs up the hair follicles present on the surface. This tends to force the hair inside it to grow under the skin in sideways, instead of outward and upward. Though these ingrown hair isn’t a serious issue, it can be embarrassing and irritating.

An ingrown hair produces a raised single red bump or a group of bumps which looks similar to a little pimple. Sometimes these can be boil-like sore and painful. And if you have got a lot of them, you might start feeling itchy and uncomfortable.

Men usually get ingrown hair on their chin, neck or cheeks after they’ve shaved. On the other hand, women usually get on their legs, armpits or buttocks. Problem of ingrown hair is very common and anyone can suffer. But people with curly hair are those who suffer the most from the problem of ingrown hair. Curly hair more often bends back and re-enters the skin especially after it has been cut or shaved.

Treatment of Ingrown Hair:

It is very important that you give a proper treatment if you have got a problem of ingrown hair. If they are not treated and rectified, they might become an infection. As a result, it can permanently darken the skin or leave a scar behind it.

If ingrown hair has become a regular problem of yours, it is better to consult a doctor and opt for a good treatment. Usually doctors make a small cut in the affected area with a sterile scalpel or needle in order to release the ingrown hair. They may prescribe a steroid medicine that you will have to scrub on your skin surface in order to bring down the swelling. They may also prescribe medicine like:

1. Retinoids or Retin A that will help in removing dead skin cells and reducing the skin pigment changes that usually occur from ingrown hair.

2. Antibiotic that you need to intake in order to treat an ingrown hair infection.

There is not any specific or real treatment available for ingrown hair. But there are ways through which you can prevent the ingrown hair. If you are a women who is shaving her legs and underarms using a razor, these tips might be helpful for you.

Simple Tips to Reduce the Growth of Ingrown Hair:

1. Clean and Clear Skin:

Keep your skin clean and clear. Do cleanse it regularly in order to remove dead skin cells from your skin and prevent the clogging to encounter. This will prevent ingrown hair to develop.

2. Exfoliate Face Everyday:

Rub your face everyday using a wet washcloth or a good exfoliating scrub in circular motion. This will tweeze out the stubborn ingrown hair on your face and neck area.

3. Razor Helps:

If you use a razor to shave off the hair, try using a single-blade and sharp razor. It helps you pull out the unwanted hair in an instant. Using a blunt razor may promote the growth of ingrown hair.

4. Wet your Skin:

Wet your skin well with warm water before applying a lubricating gel and shaving.

5. Rinse Blade After Every Stroke:

Rinse the blade of the razor with fresh and clean water after every stroke.

6. Use of Electric Razor:

If you use an electric razor, then try holding it slightly above the surface of the skin and leave a little bit of stubble.

Effective Tips to Remove Ingrown Hair:

Ingrown hair is bad and may spoil the charm of your beautiful skin. It’s better to take preventions so that you don’t leave a room for the stubborn ingrown hair to grow. One can resort to certain remedies and treatments to help cure the problem such as:

7. Warm wash cloth suppression:

Using warm wash cloth suppression on the ingrown hair helps to bring the hair close to the surface of the skin. Repeating this process a number of times can coax the ingrown end of the hair to emerge out of the skin naturally.

8. Use of needle, tweezers or medical devices:

Sometimes, ingrown hairs are close to the skin’s surface but still remain entrapped by a thin layer of dermis. Thus, they need to be pulled out manually. This is done by pulling the visible end of the extra-follicular hair out of the skin gently with the help of sterilized needles, tweezers or rotatable medical devices, while avoiding uprooting the hair completely. Hence, it helps to treat ingrown hair issues, remove razor bumps and maintain smooth and healthy skin.

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9. Exfoliation:

Dirt, excess oils, microbes and dead skin cells clog the skin’s follicles to entrap the hair inside, inhibiting their outward growth, thus leading to ingrown hair and razor bumps. Exfoliating the skin helps to a great extent. Scrubbing the skin regularly helps to clean and unclog these pores to ensure the normal growth of hair while sometimes also physically nudging out the hair tip from underneath the skin.

10. Laser Treatment or Electrolysis:

Chronic cases of ingrown hair are dealt with laser treatments or electrolysis, where hair is permanently removed by using the electrical epilation process. Laser pulse exposure is used to destroy the hair follicles completely, thereby getting rid of hair growth on the skin effectively.

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11. Apply topical treatments:

Use of creams, lotions, medicinal ointments, containing ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, (known for its anti-inflammatory properties) helps to reduce swelling and treat skin bumps, thereby giving more space for the ingrown hair to grow normally. Salicylic acid helps in dissolving the layer of skin that is responsible for entrapping the hair within the dermis, thereby helping the hair to grow out of the follicle normally. Hydrocortisone helps to hydrate, moisturize, soften and soothe the ingrown hair affected region of the skin by reducing ingrown hair, itchiness and razor bumps effectively.

12. Apply Depilatory creams:

Hair removal creams or depilatories containing chemical ingredients can be applied on the skin to remove unwanted and ingrown hair. These creams act mildly on the derma and dislodge the hair without having harsh effects on the skin like razor bumps, ingrown hair problems, redness and infections.

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Follow these simple tips to help reduce and remove the growth of ingrown hair. If you know any more ideas to suppress the growth of ingrown hair, do share with us. Please don’t forget to post your feedback via the comments section below.

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