It seems no matter how careful some people shave or wax, ingrown hairs seem to be an inevitable embarrassing problem. Most of us have had the misfortune of dealing with an annoying ingrown hair at one time or another. They not only cause bumps, redness and discomfort but mostly embarrassment for the victim.
Although the Bikini season has passed the struggle may be still there. Left untreated, ingrown hair can become an unsightly problem. Now is the time to treat ingrown hairs and provide some much needed relief and improved confidence.
So, how exactly do you get rid of them without scarring, and even more importantly, how do you prevent them from happening in the first place?
What is ingrowing hair?
Commonly referred to as “razor bumps,” ingrown hairs are a condition in which hair curls round and grown back into the skin. Some curl back into the follicle without even exiting the skin. They present themselves with raised red spots, which can sometimes become infected and turn into painful pus-filled sores. Anyone can get them, but they tend to be more of a problem in people with curly or coarse hair.
What causes them?
It can happen when the hair follicles clog with dead skin cells. This forces the hair inside the follicle to grow sideways.
Ingrown hairs are particularly a problem at the most shaved areas – the beard area in men, and the legs, armpits and bikini in women – because the hair that grows back has a sharper edge and can easily poke back into the skin.
What should I do?
First step? Use only fresh sharp razors and get in the routine of exfoliating before shaving. That way dead skin cells that can be trapped in your pores are less likely to be present before you shave. Shaving creams that have rich emollients and moisturizing qualities will help to keep the skin soft during shaving.
Don’t pick or scratch at the ingrown hair, as you can force bacteria in. Squeezing the spots can also damage the skin and cause infection. You might also be left with a scar.
If you must, use a sterile needle or set of tweezers to gently tease the hair out of the skin if it’s near the surface. Don’t dig for it if the hair lies deep.
What if there are lots of pus-filled spots?
The hair follicles of ingrown hairs can sometimes become infected and inflamed, which is known as folliculitis. The hair follicles will swell into pus-filled spots (although note that pus doesn’t always indicate infection). Again, mild cases of folliculitis often clear up without treatment, so try stopping shaving for a few days and see if it gets better. You could also try applying mild antiseptic such as tea tree oil.
If the spots don’t improve and are bothering you, ask a professional. Call us on 0161 9694190 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
You would generally only need antibiotics from GP if the skin is severely infected, with pustules and abscesses.
Preventing ingrown hairs
The simplest way to prevent ingrowing hairs are:
- use sharp razor
- wet your skin with warm towel
- use shaving gel
- try not to shave too closely
- use depilatory creams
- stop shaving . BUT, if this is not an option for you …
and the area of main concern is the face where shaving is a necessity. Consider having regular DEEP SKIN cleansing facial to stop dead cells clogging your hair follicles.
For every other area (including face if appropriate) Laser/IPL hair removal is the best option really. The light works in many directions. It will not only remove hair – the initial cause of your problem but also kill bacteria and calm the sebaceous glands which are located around every hair follicle reducing production of pus.
Initial consultation is free of charge.