Loss of hair has become a worry for many people, irrespective of gender. There are other challenges such as ingrown hair. It can be defined as the condition where a hair strand grows side-way through the skin or curls back. It can or cannot be accompanied by hair follicle infection or razor bumps of different sizes. It can be found in any area around the body such as beard, legs and public region. Any action or any cause that can cause a hair to be broken irregularly – the result is a sharp tip of hair. The broken hair with a pointed tip can lead to ingrown hairs. The main cause will be shaving, followed by tight clothes, tweezing and waxing process.
How To Remove An Ingrown Hair?
An ingrown hair can be described as a hair follicle, which curls towards itself. This condition is generally seen in people with curly hair, and you will almost get one at any time in your life. You can follow the simple instructions to get rid of ingrown hairs. Some of the symptoms you can get are redness, irritation and bumps.
Have A Hot Water Bath
You can take a hot shower bath. The heat will open the pores for removal of hairs. You can try a hot compress if you have already shaved the area. Take a gentle wash cloth and immerse it in hot water. You can squeeze the cloth dry and apply on the area for five minutes.
To remove any dead skin cells/dirt/oils, you can scrub the area twice a day gently. The ingrown hair is sometimes trapped in these. It may happen that the tip of the hair may get physically nudged, out of your skin. Try to hit the ingrown hair from different possible directions. For this, you can use an ingrown hair brush or an exfoliating glove. Trying one of the following techniques will help you feel better:
- Exfoliate your legs using salt
- Exfoliate your skin using olive oil and sugar
- Be gentle when you are exfoliating. You will need to scrub sufficiently to gain this effect, but not to an extent, that bleeding starts in the area surrounding the ingrown hair
- When you are skeptical, exfoliate for a longer period but more gently
- Remember, it is very hard to discard an ingrown hair from under a scab. If such is the case, then it is advisable to use an alternate method or visit your doctor for consultation
Kindly note, ingrown hairs are almost similar to acne, especially when pus is also present with the ingrown hair. Apply salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide many times daily consistently for three days. This, along with regular exfoliation is generally enough to get rid of the ingrown hair. Swelling will decrease, providing the hair more space to grow out, instead of growing inwards. If you don’t have pimple medication handy, you can also try the method of aspirin or applying a dab of toothpaste.
Apply A Moist And Warm Compress
- Apply a moist and warm compress to the region for a few minutes.
- Just make a washcloth wet under hot water, squeeze it out and press it against the ingrown hair. When the washcloth becomes cools, place it under hot water another time.
- If the ingrown hair embedded in the skin can be seen by you, this treatment will make the hair soft and bring it nearer to the surface. If you cannot initially view the hair, let the warm compress lie on until it rises up to the surface of the skin.
- If you place the compress for 10 minutes and you still can’t identify any signs of hair, it is not possible for you to remove it yourself, or it might be a different thing altogether. Moreover, while you are observing and analyzing your skin, this might be a proper time to get yourself checked for any skin cancer.
- Use a sterilized tweezers, needle or a rotating medical device to gently tease the ingrown hair out of the skin. The very first step is to use the warm compress. This should make the hair appear to the surface. Remember, not to dig for the hair if you can’t easily catch hold of it. Do not pluck the hair out entirely if you can prevent from doing so. Just make sure that the end of the ingrown hair is out of the skin. It may take a little time to de-root the hair out, so have patience and do not hurt the skin.
- Sometimes you may find a loop of the hair near the surface of the skin. This indicates that the other end of the hair has begun proceeding down into the skin. If you get to poke a needle in the loop and then tug lightly, the tip will generally come loose.
- If you choose to remove the ingrown hair with tweezers, note that tweezers can be availed either flat-tipped or pointy. A pointy tipped pair of tweezers may cause less damage to the skin around the ingrown hair if used with care. Another option might be to use a rotating medical device for ingrown hairs, which does not damage the follicle or the skin around.
Warm Up Small Amount Of Milk
- Take small amount of milk in a container and warm it up, but do not make it very hot.
- Dip a piece of bread into the warm milk.
- Place the dipped bread on the ingrown hair or a boil.
- It may feel very hot but it won’t be, if you do not make the milk very hot. Let the dipped bread lie there.
- Remove when it cools down.
- It should take about 2 minutes. Repeat the dip method and hold for approximately 10 minutes.
- Check if the pore has an opening. Pull up the loop of hair, using a needle and set it free.
- If the opening cannot be seen, repeat the dip method and hold.
- If it still does not open, see your health care expert to seek some advice.
Egg Membrane Method
- From inside an eggshell, detach the membrane.
- Cover up the problem area with the same membrane.
- Let it settle, dry and shrink around the area.
- Once it is dry, pull it off. The ingrown hair should be removed with it.
Keeping The Skin Clear Of Ingrown Hair
Wash the area surrounding the removed ingrown hair with warm water and a soap that is moisturizing. Apply an antiseptic cream to provide additional protection against any infection. Do not wear tight clothes on that region and exfoliate on a regular basis to prevent new growth of ingrown hair. You may also apply a daily topical solution to reduce the risk of any further ingrown hair from developing. Sometimes, the ingrown hair may not come up at all due to the possibility that they may be placed in thoroughly deep. If these methods fail, talk to your family doctor or a dermatologist to obtain a prescription medicine.