Ingrown hairs can be painful. They typically affect people with thick, curly hair and can become infected if left untreated. Ingrown hairs cause red, often itchy bumps where a hair has grown back into the skin. There are things you can do to treat and prevent them and in most cases you will not need to see a GP for treatment.
Check if you have ingrown hairs:
Ingrown hairs can look like raised, red, itchy spots on skin. Sometimes you can see a hair trapped under the skin. Infected hair ingrown can be painful. You may see pus in the spots.
You are more likely to get ingrown hairs in areas you shave, such as;
- Face and Neck
- Your public hairs
- Waxing, threading and plucking hair can also lead to ingrown hairs.
Signs and Symptoms:
- Itching skin
Anything that does not let the hair grow normally can cause ingrown hairs, it is usually for one of the following;
- Improper hair removal; improper shaving techniques and cutting of hairs very close to the skin creates a very sharp tips on the end of each hair.
- Clogged follicles; it is also possible for hair follicles to become clogged by;
- Dead skin
- Dirt and debris
- Friction; friction caused by wearing tight clothes for extended period of time can also cause ingrown hairs.
The best way to prevent ingrown hairs is by not shaving.
- Wet your skin with warm water and use shaving gel.
- Shave in the direction the hair are growing.
- Use a few strokes of razor as possible.
- Hold a cool, wet cloth to your skin after shaving to reduce irritation.
- Use an exfoliating scrub to help release any trapped hairs.
- Try a different hair removal method, such as hair removal cream.
- Try a long-term way of removing hair, such as laser treatment.
- Do not shave too close – leaving some stubble can stop bacteria getting in
- Do not use a blunt razor – use a new, sharp, single-blade razor every time you shave
- Do not scratch, pick or squeeze ingrown hairs as this can damage your skin and lead to infection
Ingrown hairs are irritating, but most of the time they can easily be treated in the home.
- Using a warm washcloth or soft brush
- Avoiding irritation
- Use tweezers
- Apply salicylic acid on ingrown hairs
- Use some exfoliation products
- Tea tree essential hairs may help ingrowing hairs by;
- Killing bacteria
- Reducing redness
- Bringing down swelling
- Natural exfoliation;
- Baking soda
- Use electric trimmer.
- To treat razor bumps, apply warm compresses to the affected skin
- Use retinoids
- Use creams to reduce inflammations
Alternating hair removal options:
Some people turn to other ways of removing hair to avoid the risk of ingrown hairs that come with shaving, waxing or plucking. These include;
- Laser hair removal; this can be expensive process, but the results are usually semi-permanent hair loss and no hair ingrown. Laser hair removal damages the hair follicles at a deep level, preventing hair from growing at all.
- Chemical hair removal.
- Electrolysis; this is another more permanent form of hair removal. It is designed to destroy the root of the hair and require several sessions.
Complications in hair ingrown:
An ingrown hair will go away on its own. But if it doesn’t, you could have;
- An infection
- Darkened skin