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.

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