This condition is commonly faced by people with curly hair of both genders and the ones who shave regularly. The bumps on the skin due to ingrown hair are generally visible on the neck, face, armpits, pubic region and legs. Ingrown hair on legs is quite common. The best way to prevent this problem is by avoiding shaving when not required. Following proper shaving etiquettes and using good razors for shaving also help. Again, lubricating the skin properly by applying shaving gel, creams and soaps can help remove the hair gently from the skin without applying too much force on the hair and the dermis. Also, application of moisturizers, eau de cologne and after-shave lotions on the shaved area post shaving, and shaving in the direction of hair growth, help.
How to Remove Ingrown Hairs?
In case of ingrown hair and resultant pimple-like bumps appearing on the body, one can resort to certain remedies and treatments to help cure the problem such as:
1. 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.
2. 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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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.
4. 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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5. 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.
6. 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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