We all had them. Those painful little (or big) red bumps that really spoil that soft, smooth look you've been wanting.when you shavedor waxed. But there's more to it than just the appearance of ingrown hairs, which are painful and downright annoying.
Normally, the hair develops in the follicle and grows out of the skin. An ingrown hair, as the name suggests, either grows on the sides of the skin or curls up and grows into the skin. Folliculitis, an infection of the hair follicle, is common, possibly accompanied by the formation of a pustule that resembles a small pus-filled pimple. Ingrown hairs are caused by waxing or shaving, and are more common in thicker, curly hair (which is why they're most common in the pubic and facial regions, you know, the two WORST places to get ingrown hairs). ).
While there is no cure as long as we find it necessary to shave or shave, there are some home remedies for ingrown hairs and razor bumps that may offer some relief and faster healing. And if you can't even look at that pesky little hair, don't panic, it will eventually go away on its own as long as you don't scratch or play with it.
1. Get that idiot out! (the right direction)
Not much is said, but there is a certain sense of relief and satisfaction in shaving. Is it a repulsive hair growing on your skin? It's so unnatural and it hurts and you just want it to go away so your body can heal and get back to normal. However, there is a right way and a wrong way to do this. If you get it wrong, you will end up with a nasty infection that will stay with you forever.
The wrong way is to dig and squeeze and try to pull it out with your fingernails. If you still can't see the hair, you'll need to pull it out. Use sterilized tools outdoors to remove it to avoid further irritation.
-Sugar and olive oil (or a commercial scrub)
- Tweezers (preferably sharp)
-Coconut oil (optional)
Prepare by placing your supplies. Soak the tweezers in isopropyl alcohol and rinse to sterilize. Exfoliate the area first to remove dead skin cells that may be blocking the hair. You can use a mild commercial scrub or (which I prefer) just mix a little olive oil (or other neutral liquid oil) with some sugar until you get onecoarse pasty texture. You don't need a lot of oil for that. Rub in a circular motion to remove any "residue", then rinse. Then run a clean washcloth under hot water (as hot as you can stand without burning yourself) and apply it directly to your hair for 10 minutes. You may need to hold the scarf under water a second time to keep it warm. This helps to "smooth" hair and skin. Finally, use your sterilized tweezers to firmly grasp the hair, as close to the skin as possible without irritating it, and pull firmly. Rinse again and, if desired, apply some coconut oil to soothe irritation and help skin heal smoothly.
IF hair is not visible, simply use a hot towel twice a day for 10 minutes until it emerges. Some people think the heat will help the hair come out sooner, but it's mainly to keep it "smooth" and minimize irritation until it can be removed. Resist the urge to break open the skin and pull out the hair. Also remember that pointed tweezers are best as they allow you to precisely grip the hair without pinching the skin.
If you don't like shaving, just exfoliate with a baking soda paste. Of course, you can also use the sugar and olive oil scrub, but it's nice to have another tool in your arsenal to fight ingrown hairs. Baking soda is fairly mild and readily available and will help prevent follicle clogging while you wait for your hair to appear. In addition, it can help reduce painful inflammation. Then apply some coconut oil (or a mild moisturizer of your choice) to keep your skin smooth.
- fresh water
-Coconut oil or mild moisturizer
Mix together enough baking soda and water to make a paste thick enough to spread but not so thick that it sticks and falls off your skin. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and apply the baking soda paste in firm but gentle circular motions. Rinse off any residue with warm water and apply coconut oil or moisturizer (just a little, it doesn't take much!)
3. A drop of tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is a wonderful essential oil to use on something both irritating and painful like an ingrown hair. It has powerful antiseptic properties and can help prevent infection and reduce healing time. It also helps reduce discomfort and inflammation. Always make sure to dilute the essential oil before applying it to your skin to avoid irritation, burning, or side effects.
-2 tablespoons olive oil (or other neutral oil)
-15 drops of tea tree oil.
-A dark glass bottle
Mix the neutral oil and tea tree oil well and wash the area over the ingrown hair. Apply a small amount to the affected area with a cotton swab. You don't need much. You can repeat this twice a day.
4. Relieves pain with apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a great remedy for ingrown hairs for one simple reason: it can help relieve the itching and associated discomfort in some people (keywords, some people). . Too many people have too sensitive skin to apply vinegar, even apple cider, directly to their skin. For others, however, it's worth a try. There is much debate about ACV and how it helps with inflammation, with anecdotal evidence saying a strong yes. Since inflammation is half the pain of an ingrown hair, it's definitely worth a try. It can also help prevent infection. If you wish, you can also dilute it with a little warm water.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
5. Before and after coconut oil
This is a bit obvious as I only mentioned coconut oil in three of the four remedies before this one. Many people dislike using pure coconut oil as a body moisturizer, which is simply a matter of personal preference. However, it's a great spot treatment for ingrown hairs or razor bumps as it creates a barrier between the razor and the skin while you shave and provides the moisture you need to avoid itching and irritation afterwards.
Wash your hands and apply coconut oil sparingly to the affected areas. Just a very thin layer is enough.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of ingrown hair!
Truly, the best thing you can do about ingrown hairs is to prevent them from occurring in the first place. Unfortunately, there is no guaranteed way to avoid them, but there are some tips and tricks that can help.
Hydrate:By smoothing the skin, the hair is less likely to be blocked by hardened dead cells, forcing it to grow sideways. It is an excellent prevention against razor burn and ingrown hairs, especially when shaving, as it allows the blade to glide smoothly over the skin without drying, scratching or catching on rough hair. It acts as a kind of protective barrier during the shaving process, soothes the skin and prevents further irritation.
Shaving with hair:I can't stress this enough: shave with the grain. Yes, shaving, on the other hand, gives you a tighter cut, but it's a lot harder on your skin and hair. As the blade goes over the hair, it pulls it up a little; This is natural when the hair catches the blade. The result is that when everything is back in place, the hair is trimmed just below the surface of the skin. You are now in a privileged position to fight and grow inwards rather than outwards. It's just less friction, less irritation and overall it will really reduce the number of bumps and ingrown hairs you get if you shave in the direction the hair grows.
Peeling:Use a little exfoliation before trying any remedy. Whatever it is, it won't do much good if it's prevented from reaching the hair or trunk anyway. If you've shaved, it also makes hair growth a little easier.
Use single blades:They're generally less irritating than multi-bladed ones because you only have one blade against your skin instead of two or three. And while multiples can give a very nice shave, after the first blade goes through the hair, you're basically just shaving small knots or your skin. The result can be quite irritating.
Keep it sharp:A dull blade pulls on hair and can create sharp edges (yes, hair can have edges, especially if it's thick or curly) or it can rip hair out completely, causing ingrown hairs and bumps.
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Von Claire Goodall
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