In this post I would like to tell you how it is possible to get rid of ingrown hairs by preventing ingrown hairs and treating ingrown hairs.
If you want to avoid ingrown hairs after waxing, you must dilate pores beforehand, exfoliate and above all, disinfect the area after.
Ingrown hairs can be really painful and in addition, unsightly. They most often appear after waxing or shaving. They appear as small balls that become infected; these are the hairs that did not grow properly or were eliminated. They can become a serious problem, so treat them well, we must avoid. Learn how to get rid of ingrown hairs by preventing and treating them in the following article.
12 Ways to Get Rid of Ingrown Hairs by Preventing and Treating
Pay attention to the type of hair removal.
Some suggest that waxing causes ingrown hairs easier and others say that it happens more often when you shave. In the case of wax however, what it does is weaken the roots of the hair follicles, so hair will not have enough strength to grow and penetrate the skin.
When hair follicles are obstructed with: grease, dead skin cells, dirt and germs, it is more difficult for the hair to grow. Therefore, a weekly exfoliation, cleansing and moisturizing of the skin daily and using non-comedogenic products can help avoid plugging up the pores.
Be sure to shave properly.
If shaving is the hair removal method chosen, be sure to pay attention to the following steps:
- Soften the skin with water, soap or shaving cream (men, use the same method).
- Do not shave against the direction of ingrown hair. You will be pulling the hair back on itself, thus making it easier for the hair to become damaged. Therefore, hairs will be less likely to be able to penetrate the skin when trying to ascend through the surface which then causes those that nasty little bumps.
- If you have long hair, it’s advisable to go over it first with an electric saver.
Don’t wear tight clothing.
You should avoid wearing tight fabric clothing such as; skinny jeans, tight underwear, nylon leggings, and synthetic fabrics as they will exacerbate ingrown hairs. It is advised that loose fitted cotton clothing that will allow your skin to breathe should be worn to prevent ingrown hairs.
Kill germs after waxing.
If you wax, be sure to use natural antiseptics such as tea tree oil to prevent infections. The same product can be used a few hours before the hair is removed to help prevent the skin from getting infected.
Also, If you wax at home, it’s recommended to avoid using the same wax to prevent infections from occurring. In beauty salons they tend to reuse the wax for days or weeks. But the environment in a beauty salon is a clinical environment and is kept thoroughly clean. Therefore no infections should be caused.
Apply Witch Hazel to irritated skin with a cotton ball.
This home remedy is very good for soothing irritated skin and help remove the hairs. In turn helps to reduce redness and inflammation. Witch Hazel exfoliates, moisturizes and unclogs clogged pores. You can use Witch Hazel before and after waxing.
Remove the surface above ingrown hair.
Because the hairs are only trapped underneath the first layer of the dermis, sometimes they can be removed by scraping gently. Once you can see the hair, gently lift it, but do not start pull too hard. As this will irritate the area even more and can cause infection. Do not forget: you must have clean hands whilst performing surgical treatments (wash with soap.) And apply some alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to the tweezers before using.
Prevent ingrown hairs during the summer or playing sports.
Here are some things that can cause ingrown hairs: Perspiration whilst training, the rubbing of the thighs or legs, some clothing and heat. These things can cause the hair to grow inwards. As a result it is recommended to use the following when taking part in sports or training: petroleum jelly, talc powder or cornstarch. These can prevent irritation. And, when you finish exercising, you should wash thoroughly straight away, so that the hair follicles can “breathe” well again.
Apply Aloe Vera Gel
Each night apply Aloe Vera to the affected area and leave to act. If you have your own Aloe Vera plant at home, that would be better as the Aloe Vera extract will be pure, with no chemicals. However, there are some really good creams and lotions are sold on the market. But some may need more time to take effect. If choosing your Aloe Vera from the store, make sure that it does not contain alcohol, as it will sting and irritate further.
Choose essential oils like German Chamomile or Lavender.
There are many essential oils that can be used for skin care. Like tea tree for example. Which has antibacterial properties, thus helping prevent infections. However, Tea tree is not the only essential oil that can be used to treat ingrown hairs. Lavender too can be used to get rid of ingrown hairs. Here is a recipe including both Lavender and Tea Tree you might like to try:
Lavender essential oil for ingrown hairs
- Lavender Oil (7 drops)
- Tea Tree Oil (12 drops)
- Coconut Oil (3 tbsp)
How to use:
- Add all the ingredients to a bottle, and mix well. (A good idea is to mix in a bottle or jar that can be saved to use again later.)
- Apply a little amount of the mixture to the affected skin after shaving, waxing or any other type of hair removal and rub it in until it’s absorbed.
Those nasty bumps should soon vanish.
The reason this works well is because of the anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties found in the coconut oil which is at the same time, moisturizing. Tea tree oil has properties that are healing and at the same time anti-bacterial which is great for fighting against infection, clearing up acne and reducing the redness and irritated skin. And finally, the Lavender, which has a soothing effect on skin.
German Chamomile essential oil for ingrown hairs
There are other essential oils I would like to recommend to help get rid of ingrown hairs such as German Chamomile. Here is another recipe I would like to share with you using chamomile:
- Sweet Almond oil
- (German) Chamomile oil
How to use:
- blend 20 drops of German chamomile essential oil in a cup of Sweet Almond oil. (pour into a container you can store in the fridge to keep and use for later.)
- gently massage into whole body or areas that are prone to get those nasty little ingrown hairs just before taking a bath.
Chamomile is great for treating dry skin. Dry skin is more likely to get ingrown hairs than skin that’s moisturised and well hydrated. The oil helps to balance the levels of sebum in the skin, thus keeping the skin moisturised and preventing you from getting those nasty bumps from ingrown hairs.
Dilate the pores with hot water or steam
By dilating the pores, you will help to free the trapped hair. Once the ingrown hair has been removed from the dermis, use a product like Tea Tree or Aloe Vera to help soothe the irritated skin. This will also help reduce the chances of scarring. (However, be sure that the water is not too hot to avoid burning.)
Steps to remove an ingrown hair
- Wash the area with soap and water, removing with cold or lukewarm water.
- Exfoliate the area well where the hair lies beneath the skin once in the morning and once in the afternoon, to loosen the hair. This should be done gently to avoid irritation or bleeding.
- It should only be done to remove dead skin, fat or dirt.
- Apply a cloth canvas that is hot (not to burn) where the hair lies for a few minutes to soften the skin.
- Use tweezers that have been sterilized before with alcohol or boiling water.
- Stretch the skin-tight and take the hair from the root. Remove the hair with a quick pull.
- At the end, use an antiseptic such as tea tree oil or Aloe Vera.
- Repeat this operation if you suffer from ingrown hairs frequently or if you have several areas of the body.
I hope you will now be able to get rid of ingrown hairs easily and furthermore prevent them from returning. I hope you are enjoying foods that are good for your skin.