9 Important Facts About Those Annoying And Uncomfortable Ingrown Hairs
Often, when people shave, their skin suffers an unfortunate consequence. Some hairs become ingrown, causing pain, redness, and itching.
Why do they appear and what is the correct way of dealing with them? Find out the answers here!
What are they?
According to the National Health Service ( NHS ), ingrown hairs are those, which have been cut and grow back inside the skin. They may be small or large, and they can appear swollen or inflamed.
What causes them?
There are two main causes: When the hair grows behind the skin’s surface after emerging; or when this surface area becomes blocked, preventing the hair from emerging through the skin’s outer layer.
Why do they become inflamed?
The Mayo Clinic explains that when a hair regrows underneath the skin’s surface, the skin reacts as if the hair was a foreign substance. So it becomes inflamed and, as a result, appears red.
Who is most susceptible to getting them?
They can appear in all people. However, those with curly hair are more likely to have hairs grow beneath the surface of their skin.
How to avoid them?
The best way is to allow the hair to grow naturally. However, if you must shave, you can try using razors with a single blade, always shaving in the direction that the hair grows, and not stretching or tensing the skin while you shave.
How to treat them?
The best recommendation is to leave it, as it will naturally find the surface of the skin on its own. If you insist on removing it yourself, wash the area with a cloth or soft toothbrush, and then use a sterilized needle to reach the hair underneath the skin.
What not to do with them?
To avoid infection and scarring, it’s recommended to avoid squeezing the inflamed area, using needles, which haven’t been properly cleaned, or shaving the area near the ingrown hair.
Is there any long term solution?
The best idea is to check which method of hair removal causes you more ingrown hairs. According to the NHS web portal, one of the best long term solutions is laser hair removal (electrolysis), or hair removal cream.
When to see a doctor?
According to the Mayo Clinic, it’s best to consult a health professional if you notice that you have a chronic problem or if one is severely infected.