Ever had a nasty, irritating itch in an area that you just shaved? It really brings discomfort especially if it is ingrown pubic hair. How can you scratch it in public? Such is the nature of ingrown hair. Though it can be a nuisance you can be relieved to know that there is ingrown hair treatment for your convenience. So how do we get rid of ingrown hair on our face?
It is really an awful experience when you are hit by ingrown hair on the face too. Imagine looking all bumpy as your beard starts to sprout out. No man wants to look as if they are part of the cast of a horror movie. I had such an experience and oh my… However, I will share with you how I championed against ingrown hair.
But seriously what is ingrown hair? Ingrown hair is that hair (including ingrown pubic hair) which curls around and grows back into your skin rather than rising up from it – usually after close shaving. It is also referred to as razor bumps. Now and again, it is a fact that dead skin can also obstruct a growing hair follicle.
When that occurs the budding piece of hair inside will be forced to grow indirectly beneath the skin, as opposed to rising up and being noticeable on the exterior. In the case of naturally curly hair, if you closely shave it, its sharp edges will easily pierce the surrounding skin resulting in the development of an ingrown hair in the process.
As it is necessary to know how to get rid of ingrown hair we are going to have a look at the causes, symptoms, infections as well as treatments amongst other related information.
Another section of this article will, after having a look at how to get rid of ingrown hair as well as ingrown hair treatment, focus on ingrown pubic hair specifically. So you will no longer be a victim but have relief as well as confidence back after going through the next paragraphs.
How does it look like?
Ingrown hair appears like a bump or a couple of bumps usually red in color somewhat like a raised pimple with pus inside. In extreme cases it will result in painful sores. Its favorite spots on the face include the neck, chin and cheeks mostly after a close shave. This condition however, affects both men and women – especially those who shave often.
Causes of facial as well as ingrown pubic hair
For us to comprehend how to get rid of ingrown hair, we need to take a look at the causes. They range from genetic factors to lifestyle issues mostly shaving methods. However, not one cause can be attributed to cause ingrown hair thus as we will explore further we will also realize that there is a diverse range of ingrown hair treatment. So the causes can be broken down as:
- The most inevitable cause is having very curly, thick or bristly hair – usually bends (curls) back, easily piercing the skin underneath after a shave.
- Shaving with blunt razor blades.
- Having high levels of testosterone which encourages abundant hair growth.
- Lack of moisture on the skin where the hair grows.
- Not exfoliating regularly – dead hair cells, dirt and oils will remain trapped in your pores and blocking them thereby promoting the influx of ingrown hair.
How to prevent ingrown hair
Now we have arrived at the crux of the matter on how to get rid of ingrown hair. In as much as you can go for ingrown hair treatment, there are various ways to prevent it. Before I get to discuss on ingrown pubic hair let us look at possible ways to deal with ingrown hair in general. So in order for you to thwart ingrown hairs when you shave:
- Repeatedly rub your face in a circular motion with a wet towel or exfoliation paper so as to ensure that no loose hairs penetrate into your skin.
- Make your skin damp before you shave using warm water.
- Before every shaving session, make sure that you apply a lubricating gel – this will ease the pressure between the hair and skin.
- Don’t shave against the grain (the direction your hair is growing).
- Apply only a few strokes with the safety or electric razor – never make rushed abrupt strokes when shaving.
- Ensure that after every stroke, you rinse the blade in water.
- Never apply too much pressure on your skin, when you are shaving close to your skin – let loose don’t shave extremely close.
- If using an electric razor, placing it just above your skin’s surface is ideal for lessening the possibility of ingrown hair.
- Trying other methods to remove your hair will most likely be helpful when you are worried about how to get rid of ingrown hair.
*However, you need to consult your physician if are considering methods such as depilatory creams and laser or electrolysis as ingrown hair treatment as they may have irreconcilable side effects. So for those who prefer natural methods the following section is a great and beneficial read for you.
Four steps of preventing ingrown hair naturally
The following steps are highly encouraged for those who consider natural ingrown hair treatment. Also take note that the same ways can also help if dealing with ingrown pubic hair (will give more information specifically on it later though).
1-Exfoliation with honey, baking soda and nutmeg powder
Who wouldn’t want to inhibit the nuisance of any ingrown hair before it enlarges or possibly become a group of painful sore bumps? Well, a natural answer waits for you. Simply start by making an exfoliation mixture using honey, baking soda and nutmeg powder that you will have to apply to the affected area twice daily. This is an effective natural remedy as it removes dead skin cells, moisten the skin and reduce inflammation.
2-Use a hot compress
Then, when you are able to clearly see the tip of the hair when you have ingrown hair, the easiest temptation will be to squeeze it – but no don’t ever think of it! Instead, a hot compress is the best method to deal with it. It softens the skin, opens up pores and makes a way for the once blocked hair to come out with ease. Simply run your towel or a washcloth under a hot water tap. You then apply the heated towel on the affected region for a few minutes until all the heat is gone and reapply as required basing on how you will be feeling.
3-Letting free the trapped hair
When the hot compress is done, the next step will be the actual extraction of the trapped hair follicles using a sterile but sharp tool such as tweezers or others use needles. Whichever you choose to ensure that it is clean or new. As for me, I prefer using a pointed-tip pair of strong tweezers. It’s also beneficial to have some rubbing alcohol so that you can soak them in it every now and then. Dipping them in rubbing alcohol, peroxide, iodine or boiling water prevents any irritation or bacterial infection accumulation on the blades. For best results – you have to be a little bit patient and do so only after the hair have gained some noticeable length. Note that some inflammation occurs during this stage.
4-Deal with the inflammation, cool it down!
If there is any inflammation after tweezing, you can deal with it using either a natural remedy that you buy over the counter or make on your own. Definitely, for fast healing, the ingrown hair treatment has to be rich in natural anti-inflammatory ingredients and vitamin E. For the DIY type like me; mix some rose water with carrier oil based aloe vera and also tea tree oil. Refrigerate it to enable it to cool down the inflammation of the ingrown hair due to tweezing. Apply the cold mixture evenly on the area for best results.
Getting rid of ingrown pubic hair
Just like other forms of ingrown hair, when dealing with ingrown pubic hair you can as well follow the above mentioned steps. However, pubic area skin is much more sensitive than facial hair so you need to apply the correct procedure.
See Also: How To Shave Pubic Hair
Before removing the hair
- Soak a cloth/towel in very hot tap water, apply it your pubic skin for about ten minutes until the cloth cools.
- You can also take a long hot bath.
- Trim the pubic hair with a scissor before shaving.
- Apply shaving cream so as to make the hair soft and protect the skin.
Practice a proper shaving technique
- If your hair is long, don’t shave very closely or use a single blade razor – instead use multi-blades.
- Don’t shave every 24 hours, but try to do so every 2 to 3 days.
- For those who are prone to ingrown pubic hair, it is ideal to only make use of an electric razor or alternatively an ordinary razor just once or twice – get rid of it once blunt.
- Never stretch the skin excessively when shaving or repeatedly shave the same area.
- After you are done shaving, rinse off using cold water and apply a moisturizer.
- Wear loose cotton underwear and avoid tight jeans.