How to remove an ingrown hair?
Looking for a way to get rid of ingrown hairs? Ingrown hairs are hairs that grow into the skin, rather than coming out of the skin, on its surface.
Ingrown hairs can cause redness, pimples and even infections. Here are my top tips and tricks for getting rid of ingrown hairs fast.
1. What causes ingrown hairs?
Before moving on to the tips and tricks for getting rid of ingrown hairs on the legs, face, bikini area or anywhere else on the body, here are the main causes.
- Shaving and hair removal: Shaving is indeed one of the main causes of ingrown hairs, in both men and women. If you do not take care to shave well or if you use poor quality instruments, this problem is unfortunately likely to occur.
- According to hair type: Indeed, if your hair is rather curly or if you have a lot of hair, a lot of hair, you are unfortunately more likely to have ingrown hairs.
- Too dry skin: Whether on the face, bikini line, legs or armpits, if the skin is very dry, you are also more likely to see an ingrown hair appear.
- thick skin: As with dry skin, the thicker your skin, the greater the risk of getting ingrown hairs. It is important to exfoliate your skin well on occasion, especially for thick skin.
2. Remove an ingrown hair with tweezers
The first tip that comes to mind is to use tweezers. But beware, this trick is effective and possible only if the hair is visible on the surface of the skin.
- Clean and sterilize the tweezers and gently remove the ingrown hair.
- Clean and disinfect the wound once the hair is removed.
It is essential that the hair is visible and accessible to the surface of the skin. Do not press on the skin and even less use your nails to push, because you risk pushing the hair deeper.
If the hair has not come out of the skin, what to do?
If the hair has not come out then you have to wait while performing this other step:
- Apply a cotton ball soaked in hydrogen peroxide directly on the skin at the level of the ingrown hair.
- Apply a bandage to keep the cotton in place all night.
- The next morning, gently poke the pimple and remove the hair with the tweezers.
3. Hot water compress to get rid of ingrown hairs
A really quick and easy solution to getting rid of ingrown hairs naturally is to use a hot water compress.
- Soak a compress or a simple towel in hot water.
- Apply it on the skin and leave on for a few minutes and repeat several times.
- Repeat until the hair rises to the surface of the skin and pull it out with the tweezers.
- Disinfect the wound well to complete the trick.
If the hair is deep below the surface of the skin and it does not come up despite the heat, repeat this trick for a few days. Above all, do not chop your skin, always wait until the hair is accessible before trying to remove it.
4. Bring out an ingrown hair with green clay
If you are looking for a grandmother’s remedy to help bring out and therefore remove an ingrown hair then I recommend the one based on green clay.
Simple and natural, here is how to use green clay:
- Apply a thick layer of green clay to the area to be treated.
- Leave on the skin for 5-10 minutes to bring the hair to the surface.
- Rinse, dry and remove the hair with sterile tweezers.
- Disinfect the skin and wound again to complete the trick.
You can use a mixture of water and powdered green clay or use a ready-to-use clay.
5. Exfoliate skin to prevent ingrown hairs
Exfoliated and well-hydrated skin will be less prone to ingrown hairs and other skin blemishes.
Get into the habit of exfoliating your skin, whether on your face or legs, for example, once a week.
Here is a natural skin scrub recipe:
- Mix olive oil with sugar (adjust the amount of sugar according to the desired exfoliation)
- Gently rub the surface of the skin with this mixture using circular movements.
- Rinse the skin well and dry with a clean, soft cloth to finish.
You can make this homemade recipe before using any of the tips in this article to successfully remove an ingrown hair more easily.
6. Redness and possible complication of ingrown hairs
If there is redness around the ingrown hair areafollow the trick of the hot water compress by applying an antibiotic cream.
An acne-like pimple has formed on an ingrown hair? Treat it the same way as a normal pimple by applying a cream designed for this purpose.
A small lump or cyst has appeared where you have an ingrown hair? It is recommended to consult a doctor (or other medical professional) who can remove the ingrown hair effectively without causing further problems.
Now that you know all the tips and remedies for removing ingrown hairs, you must now do everything to avoid them.
Here are some tips, advice and things to do to prevent the appearance of ingrown hairs on your body:
- Shave well to avoid ingrown hairs: To avoid ingrown hairs, always shave in the direction of hair growth. Also, shave under or after showering and bathing to let the heat and humidity open the pores of your skin. Do not forget the shaving cream, it moisturizes the skin and allows a better shave.
- Avoid the use of electric epilators: Indeed, because their use requires shaving hair in the opposite direction, electric epilators often tend to cause ingrown hairs. Also try spacing out your epilations by an extra day or two, to give your hair time to grow out of the skin.
- Avoid waxing to prevent this problem: Because waxing literally tears out the hair follicle, it weakens the skin around the hair. So when the hair grows back, it can go in any direction, increasing the risk of ingrown hairs.
- Wear loose clothing to avoid ingrown hairs: If clothing rubs and irritates the skin, it can cause uneven hair growth and therefore cause ingrown hairs. To avoid ingrown hairs in the bikini area, the advice is the same: wear a bikini or underwear that is not too tight. Also, opt for cotton panties instead of synthetic fabrics.