Ingrown Hairs occurs when a newly shorn hair is cut in a way that the hair grows beneath the skin’s surface. As it
continues to grow under the skin, a bump will appear as a sign of injury. The bumps look like pimples, but they are simply the hair growing back under the skin. They are painful, especially on your neck line.
Factors causing Ingrown Hair are
The reason people get ingrown facial hairs has to do with how they are trimming or cutting the facial hair. If you are using a razor or trimmer with dull blades, you are going to experience your share of ingrown hairs. The facial hair needs to be cut with a very sharp edge so that when it begins to grow again, it grows straight out of the follicle.
When you use inferior shaving devices or dull blade, you don’t get that clean and crisp cut. As a result, the hair will
begin to curl and then grow back into the skin.Now that the skin has grown over the hair, the pain sets in because the
hair keeps growing and growing, causing that bump to get bigger and bigger.
Other reasons includes,incompatible hair removal methods. Your skin is unique and could be reacting poorly to heavy waxing or lasering.
Ingrown Hair Removal
The best way to remove ingrown hairs is to go through the whole process of a proper shave which includes hot towel
treatment/shower, pre shave, proper lather, sharp blade, and a moisturizing aftershave. The hot towel treatment and
pre shave will soften your hairs and make them easier to cut. The lather will provide a slick surface for the blade and
the sharp blade will give it a clean cut instead of tugging hairs. Also, Use mild after shave balm; organic, non-stinging kinds are best. Wait for the Ingrown Hair to grow a bit. We know it hurts to have an Ingrown Hair growing under your skin but if the
hair is too short, extricating the hair will prove difficult and you’ll cause way too much micro-tear in the skin trying to locate it. Also carefully use a sterilized darning needle or sterilized needle-nosed tweezers when doing the removal.
Some home remedies are:
Honey with lemon juice mixture : Mix four tablespoons of honey with a small teaspoon of lemon juice and put it in the direction of hair growth, then
rinse it after fifteen minutes and preferably use it twice a week.
Salt and cold water : Mix one teaspoon of salt per 3 tablespoons of cold water and after you finish your hair removal wax, Put the water and salt mixture for 10 minutes then rinse it with water, and repeat the process for a week for three months and you’ll
notice the difference.
Solutions for the Prevention of Ingrown Hair
1. Pre-Heat with a hot towel or hot compress
2. Exfoliate beforehand for 1-2 minutes to scrub away dead skin cells and dirt.
3.Hair grows in different directions, usually downward but double check to be sure as the hair grows in
various directions around the body.
4. Shave with the direction of hair growth (usually downwards) with a single or at most double blade razor.
5. Use a very light pressure being careful never to pass more than 1-2 times.
6. Exfoliate before bed and in the HOT shower next morning. Use mild after shave balm; organic, non-stinging kinds are best.
7.When it comes to razors: buy ones with 1 or not more than 2 blade razors. The more blades the more
irritation.The more passes you make with the blade in one direction, the more irritation. The solution is, fewer blades,
fewer passes. This prevents ingrown hairs and razor burn.