When Tweezers No Longer Help: 3 Effective Ways To Get Rid Of Ingrown Hairs
March 7, 2018 18:01 By Fabiosa
Ingrown hairs on the body are a common problem for many women. This unpleasant phenomenon can be caused by incorrect hair removal with tweezers. If you do this procedure against the hair growth, or along and across it, the hairs become thinner over time and start growing into the skin. And the use of an electric epilator only makes the situation worse.
The main causes of ingrown hairs
From a medical point of view, ingrown hairs usually don't pose a threat to human life. People with thin and stiff hair encounter this problem more than others. Dark hairs grow more intensely, so the problem of ingrown hairs most often occurs in people with African and Asian roots.
Other causes of ingrown hairs include the following:
- damage to the hair channel during epilation (overgrowing of hairs or the formation of a microscopic scar);
- the breaking of a hair below the level of the epidermis;
- changes in hormones (for example, during increased estrogen production or dysfunction of the endocrine system);
- a dense epidermal layer;
- shaving against hair growth, especially with a blunt blade;
- wearing tight and uncomfortable clothes.
How to get rid of ingrown hairs.
To fight ingrown hairs, many women use tweezers and even needles. However, cosmetologists find this method rather risky. They state that this method of getting rid of ingrown hairs can have rather unpleasant consequences, which include the following:
- post-traumatic pigmentation;
- high risk of skin inflammation.
That is why specialists do not suggest dealing with ingrown hairs at home and propose three alternative methods:
- Laser hair removal - this procedure will help you forget the problem of ingrown hairs forever. Besides, laser hair removal significantly improves the condition of the skin and levels its surface layers.
- Peeling between hair removal procedures - peeling helps remove dead skin cells and allows ingrown hairs to break through. You can make an effective home-made scrub. You need to mix 2 tbsp of sea salt, 2 tsp of olive oil, and a little nourishing lotion.
- Ointments for acne - this method will work well only if the ingrown hairs are not too deep under the skin. As a preventive measure, you can get a lotion for ingrown hairs at the drugstore.
Things you must NOT do.
When removing ingrown hairs without a specialist's help, avoid making the following mistakes:
- do not squeeze the hairs with your hands;
- don't use untreated tools to remove ingrown hairs;
- do not apply moisturizing creams immediately after hair removal;
- do not take a shower immediately after the procedure.
Keep in mind that you need to seek medical help if you have deeply ingrown hairs! Ingrown hairs can lead to the accumulation of subcutaneous pus and lead to scars and blemishes on the skin.
Just a few procedures for laser hair removal and you will forget about this unpleasant cosmetology problem forever!
This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not treat yourself, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.