Reasons And Treatment For Ingrown Hairs
If you often get ingrown hairs and you wonder why, you may feel relieved to know that this is a common issue that appears due to thin hair, curly hair or hair cut against the grain curling around and growing up into the skin instead of growing upwards and outwards.
In this case, red spots may also appear which can get infected and become painful. In this post, you will find some useful information about ingrown hairs so that you get to know how to deal with them.
How To Distinguish An Ingrown Hair
Under normal conditions, the hair grows in the center of the pouch and appears vertically on the surface of the epidermis.
In the case of pseudofolliculitis or pseudofolliculitis barbae (Pfb,) the hairs do not grow in the center of the pouch but twist and injure the wall of the pouch, causing inflammation, redness of the area, intense itchiness and pimples with pus.
When the inflammation persists, it creates scarring or discoloration, hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation. In some cases, the condition is accompanied by swelling and pain.
Reasons for Ingrown Hairs
First, let’s make it clear that anyone can get ingrown hairs, both men and women. But it is mainly found in people with curly hair, which are by nature more prone to hairs curling around.
It also occurs frequently in oily or acne skin types as well as women with increased hair growth. Other reasons for ingrown hairs include shaving that cuts the hair at the base of the skin without removing it from the root.
Also, hormonal factors or irritating methods of waxing often contribute to the appearance of ingrown hairs.
In this case, removing the hair with tweezers is not the solution but regular exfoliation is the key to removing ingrown hairs.
Where Can you Get Ingrown Hairs?
In women, the hair turns inwards mainly on the legs, buttocks, the pubic area and the armpits while in men, the most common points are the chin, cheeks and neck, usually after shaving.
How to Deal With Ingrown Hair
In the majority of cases, ingrown hair reduces after 2-3 days. In its mild forms, it is treated through regular exfoliation.
First, make a lukewarm compress, apply it on the affected area and let the cloth on for three to five minutes. Then, use an exfoliating product that contains glycolic acid or salicylic acid, two of the most active fruit acids.
When you shower or have a bath, you can always use a bath and shower glove which is good for a gentle daily exfoliation of the skin to remove the dead cells and cleanse in depth so that the hairs will come up more easily to the surface.
Shaving can also be replaced by laser hair removal which is considered to be a safe method. For those people who insist on more traditional methods of hair removal, it is always good to remember to regularly change the razor and avoid shaving the hair against the grain.
If after following the above steps, you still notice that the inflammation persists, you should contact a dermatologist.
Painful cysts are usually removed by opening them up to release the pus, while in some cases antiseptic products are recommended or even antibiotics are prescribed.
To conclude, ingrown hair is not a serious problem but it needs proper care so that you can deal with it and prevent it from re-appearing.