How To Get Rid of Ingrown Hairs

By Subodh / May 15, 2011

An ingrown hair is one that turns inward and is stuck under the skin. It could become irritating or painful and thus you may want to learn how to get rid of ingrown hairs.

Origin

Ingrown hairs occur when hair gets cut or broken below the skin level. Then it grows into the side of the hair follicles instead of growing outward.

The result is awful pain as well as red bumps that eventually turn into pustules. Curlier hair is at higher risk from turning in towards the skin than is straight hair.

Methods of Treatment

You can use one of two primary treatments to take care of ingrown hairs. These two corrective actions are further explained.

Please learn the difference between freeing an ingrown hair and removing an ingrown hair:

  • Free ingrown hair- This method of treatment begins when you allow the ingrown hair to continue growing. At one point it eventually frees itself. Using a daily moisturizing cream and gentle exfoliation cream can help remove any dead skin that could stop a hair from freely growing back outward.

If during the ingrown hair freeing process a pustule is formed, you can gently squeeze it. This should cause the air to pop up to the surface. After that, you can use a freshly sterilized pair of tweezers or a needle to pry out the tip of the air from under the skin’s surface.

  • Remove the ingrown hair– If you want to completely remove the air you can use a sterile needle to fish out the hair from the skin’s surface. Then you can pluck out the hair with a tweezers. You can then gently squeeze any pustule that has formed. This of course is only a temporary solution and will not necessarily stop hair from growing back in the same way.

Additional Treatment Methods

You could also consider a more permanent removal method. Laser treatment is one that has often been used to remove ingrown hair. It involves the zapping of hair out from the root. The result is lesser chance of that same hair growing back in the future.

Electrolysis is another more permanent hair removal option. This works in a similar way as does laser hair removal. However, electrolysis involves the use of an electrical current versus a light beam for zapping the ingrown hair away.

Prevention Guide

If in the future you do not want to struggle with removing potentially painful ingrown hairs, you could use preventative action. For instance, you can use a skin moisturizer after bathing or you can use a moisturizing cream or gel while shaving.

You can also use a gentle exfoliation cleanser to remove deal skin cells. This will further stop hair from growing inward.

Furthermore, you might want to consider waxing instead of shaving. However, if you choose to shave prep your skin well beforehand.

One preparation idea would be to wet a towel tap water that is heated as hot as possible. Then, apply the wet towel to your skin a few minutes before you shave. This helps soften your skin and open your skin pores so your hair stands up straighter.

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