Do you have strange bumps on your face that are neither pimples nor hives? Well, that could be ingrown hairs. Ingrown hairs aren’t dangerous, but they can be embarrassing, irritating, and painful at the same time.
Read the full article to know how to get rid ingrown hair…
Ingrown hair are hairs that are curled back into your skin instead of rising up from it.
There are times when your hair follicles clogged up by bacteria, oil, and the dead skin cells. So, when the path for a hair is shut, it will try to make way for its growth, so it will grow sideways below the skin instead of coming upward or outward.
But If you have naturally curly hairs, cutting them too closely will result in the sharpened end of the hair, which then penetrates the skin and causes an ingrown hair.
Table of Contents
- 1 How does an Ingrown Hair Look Like?
- 2 What Causes Ingrown Hairs?
- 3 Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Ingrown Hairs
- 4 How to Prevent Ingrown Hairs
- 5 Wrapping Up
How does an Ingrown Hair Look Like?
It may produce a red and raised bump or a group of bumps that can have the same look as pimples. Just like the other skin problems that cause irritation, the ingrown hair can too cause it and sometimes it can form a painful sore like a boil too.
Ingrown hairs can cause itchiness especially if have a lot of them. There may be pus inside the bumps or the problem causing hair may be clearly visible.
This issue can be seen in men as small bumps on cheeks, chin, or neck after shaving. While these suckers often appear on women legs, in the armpits and pubic area. It can also be expected on buttocks.
What Causes Ingrown Hairs?
As mentioned above…
First, the people having curly hairs, after cutting it makes the tips sharp. Then the majority of the hairs regrow finely without doing any harm. But some curly hairs grow inside the skin sideways or back and thus results in an ingrown hair.
Second, people having a high level of certain sex hormones that can have too much hair growth. So, it increases the chances of getting ingrown hairs especially after shaving.
Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Ingrown Hairs
Here are some of the most effective remedies that will surely help your ingrown hairs come out, and relieve the pain and itchiness brought about the condition.
1) Warm Compress
Compressing your skin with a warm washcloth will make it softer and will bring the tip out of your ingrown hair so that you can remove it easily then.
- Soak a clean cloth in hot water and remove the water from it.
- Place the warm cloth on the area where your hair is stuck. When the cloth cools down, soak in hot water again.
- Hold it there for about 10 minutes.
- Repeat this method several timed a day until the tip of the hair come out.
- If it is coming out, then you can carefully remove it with a tweezer. But if it is not working then try other remedies from this list.
2) Milk and Bread Compress
Warm up some milk—Avoid making it too hot. Dip a single piece of bread into it and then place it on your ingrown hair/boil (It shouldn’t feel too hot and uncomfortable unless you made the milk too hot).
Remove the bread when it feels cool—This would take about 2 minutes. Do this again and check if the pore became open or not. If it worked then use a needle to free up the loop of hair.
If the pore is not opened then repeat this process again. If the problem persists then leave this technique and follow another one from the list.
3) Use Egg Membrane on Ingrown Hair
Egg Membrane is also known to be very useful at removing the ingrown hairs.
Direction: Take out the membrane from an egg shell and place it on your affected area— Allow the membrane to dry and shrink around the area. After it becomes dry, pull it off, and it should bring out the ingrown hair with it.
4) Try Baking Soda
Baking Soda has some amazing anti-inflammatory and skin soothing properties that will cure your ingrown hair and will give protection in future. It acts as a natural exfoliator which will remove the dirt, bacteria, and the dead skin cells that might be blocking your skin pores. It also helps in relieving the itching and pain associated with the condition.
How to use Baking Soda?
- Make a thick paste of your required amount of Baking Soda and water.
- Take a cotton ball and dip it in the mixture.
- Place the cotton ball on your area where the hair is stuck.
- Leave the paste on your ingrown hair for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Rinse it off with cold water and repeat this process twice or thrice a day.
- Always follow up with coconut oil or a little amount of moisturizer of your choice because baking soda can severely dry up your skin if you are not keeping it moisturized.
5) Tea Tree Oil to get rid of the Ingrown Pubic Hair
Tea Tree Oil has powerful antiseptic and disinfectant properties that kill the clogging causing bacteria and clear the dead skin cells. It also has stronger heal promoting properties which remove the irritation and inflammation brought by the ingrown hair problem.
How to Use?
- Mix some tea tree oil with a little amount of water.
- Cleanse your affected area with a mild cleanser and then apply the diluted Tea Tree Oil on it with a cotton ball.
- Leave it there for 10 to 15 minutes and then wash it off with cold water.
You can mix the Tea Tree Oil with other types of oils to increase its efficiency:
- Take 12 drops of Tea Tree Oil and mix it with 7 drops of lavender oil and about 3 tablespoons of coconut oil and apply it on your affected area to treat your ingrown hair.
- Mix about 3 tablespoons of Tea Tree Oil with 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil and apply it on your affected area—-Leave it for about 15 minutes and then rinse it with cold water.
Warning: Never ever use Pure Tea Tree Oil on your skin, or it can cause further irritations.
6) Honey for Ingrown Hairs
Honey is the most ancient home remedy that has been used for centuries for treating various diseases and infections. It is probably the most effective remedy that can do the job done whether if applied superficially or consumed orally. Honey has some awesome natural antibacterial and healing promoting properties that can quickly treat your ingrown hairs effectively.
It will also protect your skin from further outbreaks like this.
Have you ever tried honey on your skin inflammations? Tell us in the comments!
Follow the Steps:
- Put a generous amount of honey on your affected area with the help of a cotton ball or a Q-Tip— Try to use Manuka Honey for relieving the itchiness and pain from the ingrown hairs. BUT if you can’t get Manuka Honey, then raw honey will do the job.
- Leave it overnight or for 20 minutes at least.
- Wash off with cold water.
7) Use Aspirin to remove Ingrown Hairs
Aspirin is another best home remedy that can make your inflammation go away completely. In case of Ingrown Hair, the constituent of Aspirin, Salicylic Acid loosen the ingrown hairs. Give a try to this remedy if you want to live an ingrown hair FREE life.
Steps to Follow:
- Make a fine paste of about 2 Aspirin tablets in some warm water.
- Add some honey to the paste to make it more useful.
- Place the paste on your ingrown hair area.
- Let it stay for about 10 minutes and then wash it off with warm water.
- This should be done once or twice a week to achieve better results.
Note: Consider doing a skin test before applying this remedy, because it can do more damage than good for highly sensitive skins.
Do remember one thing about home remedies is that it is not necessary if one remedy had worked for your friend so that it will work for you too—As all the people are not same, so their treatments won’t be. If one remedy does not give you better results, then don’t lose heart and try another remedy with a proper use for few days.
Also, allow about a week for a remedy to show results.
How to Prevent Ingrown Hairs
Prevention is always better than cure because you won’t have to spend much of your energy and hard earned money in finding ways to treat your ingrown hairs. You can avoid those painful ingrown hairs or razor bumps just by making slight changes in your everyday routine.
- Before you shave, wash the area with a wet washcloth, a mild soap, and warm water.
- Try rubbing your face every day with a wet washcloth in a circular motion or use an exfoliating scrub to make those ingrown hairs come out.
- Make the tips of your hairs less sharp by rubbing the washcloth in circular motions.
- Shave in the hair growth direction and avoid applying too much pressure and pressing down on the blade.
- Use a cold washcloth on your skin after you shave to reduce irritation.
I think this will be enough for how to get rid of ingrown hair and you would have a good understanding by now about Ingrown Hairs, how it looks like, what are its causes, how to remove it, and some preventative tips.
Try these home remedies to remove the ingrown hairs naturally without taking the risk of getting scarring and other infections.
When should you see a doctor for an ingrown hair? You should definitely have a visit to a dermatologist if: (1) You often get ingrown hairs, then your doctor may be able to advise a better treatment to avoid such problems in future.
(2) If you have unusual hair growth that can cause ingrown hairs especially on your genitals, then you may visit your doctor for proper diagnosis.
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