|Ingrown Hair Treatment|
An ingrown hair is that irritating red bump that appears shortly after shaving. The hair is either cut too close to the skin... or it breaks off just below the skin. The hair then grows back into the hair follicle and becomes an ingrown hair. People that have dark, coarse... or curly hair are the most prone to ingrown hairs. I'll review the most common ingrown hair treatments, and let you know what I've learned.
Tweezing is an option with which everyone has an opinion... all different ! Some say to gently lift the hair out of the follicle and let it heal. Others say not to pluck the hair... as it may break off below the skin. This can lead to scarring. I say tweeze it !.. who wants to wait. Buy a good pair of pointed tweezers, with good grips at the drugstore, or online, and a bottle of peroxide. Use the peroxide to cleanse the tweezers. Pluck the hair near the skin, and dab with peroxide. I never had a problem with scarring, when I followed these directions.
Exfoliation removes the dead skin cells trapping the ingrown hair. Some people say to buy a loofa, or a synthetic sponge. I found them too harsh on my skin. The most useful exfoliation products were the Mudd masks... they worked great. I found them helpful when I used them every third day. I also found acne products with salicyclic or glycolic acid helped heal the irritated areas. Using witch hazel also can relieve the irritation and stinging.
Shave less often to let the hair grow out... if you can. If not, shave with a shaving product for sensitive skin... and a single bladed razor. Shave in the direction of the hair growth. For men, downward on the face areas, and upwards on the neck. Women, towards the body on the legs, underarms, and pubic area. Use the single bladed razor only two or three times. then toss it out. You can also use an electric razor and not apply too much pressure on your skin. Don't use cologne, as it will further irritate your skin. You can use a medicated after shave lotion.
I did find one drawback to not shaving as much... permanent 5 o'clock shadow. It made me look and feel like a bum. It also was kind of freeing in a way
If you get an infected ingrown hair... pus will start to appear. An infected ingrown hair... or a chronic ingrown hair... usually means it time to visit a dermatologist.
There are a few effective medications and shaving products on the market and online. I'm in the process of testing and researching ingrown hair treatments and skin care products for skin problems. I've been unlucky and have had to deal with problem skin. So you can benefit from my experience and research on what works.
I'll let you know what I've found about ingrown hair removal, in the next section.
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