Do you have those pesky ingrown hairs? Follow these simple yet effective home remedies and get rid of your ingrown hair problem before it gets worse.
Ingrown hair is an unpleasant dermatological condition, wherein small red bumps are formed around the hair follicles. An ingrown hair occurs when the sharp stub of a closely cut hair gets entrapped inside the follicle and starts growing within the skin instead of sprouting out of it. Ingrown hairs are found in both men and women as an after-effect of improper of shaving or waxing. That’s why; face, neck, legs, underarms, upper thigh, and the pubic region are the most vulnerable areas. Although the condition is not serious, these ingrown hairs can be extremely painful. In fact, deep ingrown hairs can lead to severe infections underneath your skin. Fortunately, there are a few simple home remedies that can help you get rid of ingrown hairs at home! However, you must be extra careful when trying out these remedies – otherwise you may end up damaging your skin. And if you think that an ingrown hair has become infected then it is best to consult your dermatologist. Meanwhile, let’s take a look at some of the most effective ingrown hair removal home remedies.
When using it on your face: Add one and half teaspoon of salt to one cup of warm water. Dip a cotton ball into this mixture and gently swipe it a few times over the areas that have ingrown hair. Don’t rinse it off; instead allow it to sit there. Doing so will enable the salt to cleanse and exfoliate the skin. And eventually, it will draw out the troublesome hair. Apply this mixture everyday until the hair comes out. However, if you find that your skin has become irritated or red, then discontinue using it immediately.
When using it on your body: If you want to get rid of ingrown hair from bikini area or legs then simply add two cups of Epsom salt in your bath tub. Alternatively, you can also directly apply the Epsom salt to wet skin. Gently rub it in a circular motion and then rinse it off with water after sometime. Direct application will exfoliate more strongly.
Mix half cup of jojoba oil or virgin oil to one cup of white cane sugar. If you’re going to use this scrub on face, then make sure to increase the quantity of oil to one cup. Now, take tea tree oil and lavender oil. Add 20 drops of one of these oils or 10-10 drops of each of the oil to the mixture and stir them thoroughly.
Dab a small amount of scrub onto your palm and apply it to wet skin in a circular motion directly with your palms or using a washcloth. Thereafter, rinse it off with water. You can store any leftover scrub in an airtight jar for later use.
Mix one part white vinegar to one part water and soak the affected part of the skin in it for about 10 -15 minutes. Then rub the area gently with a warm wet towel. And if it’s not possible to soak the area in the mixture directly (for example your armpit), then immerse a warm wet towel in vinegar and place it on the affected area for around 10 -15 minutes. Repeat the procedure for about 3-4 times a day.
Aspirin is one of the most effective remedy for ingrown hair removal. Dissolve two uncoated aspirins in a teaspoon of warm water and apply the resulting paste on the affected area of the skin. Wait for about 20 minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water. You can use this remedy for eliminating ingrown hair from face, legs, arms, armpits and bikini line.
If you’ve only a few difficult hair strands to deal with, then you can use tweezers specially made for ingrown hairs to nip them out from the skin. Soak a soft washcloth in hot water and place it over the affected area. Let it be there for about 5 minutes. This will open up the skin pores and soften the hair. Now grab a pair of tweezers (sanitized with alcohol) and gently pull the hair tip away from the skin. Once the hair is out, use nail scissors to trim the curl. Just see to it that you don’t disturb the root; or else it may cause further irritation to the hair follicle.
Get a clean napkin or gauze and soak it in lukewarm water for around 5 minutes. Then place it to the affected area for a few minutes. When the washcloth begins to cool off, wet it again in warm water. Repeat the process for about 5 times. Within a few applications of the moist compress, the entrapped hair would break through the skin surface, and it will be much easier for you to remove the ingrown hair.
Warm milk and bread compress
Take a small amount of warm milk and dip a piece of bread into the milk. Place the bread on an ingrown hair. Wait until it feels cool (say about 2 minutes) and then take it off. Again dip the bread in warm milk. Repeat this whole process for about ten minutes. Now check for an opening of the pore and then gently tease the hair out of the skin with the help of a needle. If you can’t see the opening, repeat the dip and hold process. Still, if it fails to open, consult your health professional for advice.
Moisturize your skin
A very simple yet effective way to eliminate ingrown hairs is to thoroughly moisturize the affected area of the skin. If you’ve been confronting the menace of ingrown hairs, then make sure to moisturize the area in generous measures even it it’s not dry. For best results, apply a moisturizing cream or lotion before going to bed and leave it overnight. This will keep your skin soft, making it easy for the hair to push out of the skin.
Applying a dab of acne medication on the affected area is another effective remedy for ingrown hair removal. Simply apply salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide on affected part several times a day for a few days. This, when combined with daily exfoliation, will really help you get rid of the ingrown hair.
Take out the thin membrane that lines inside of an eggshell. Cover the affected part with this membrane. Allow it to dry and shrink around the area. Once it gets dried, pull it off. The ingrown hair should come out along with it.
Letting the hair grow
When it comes to stubborn ingrown hair, it would be a wise option to wait for a few weeks and let the hair grow. At some point during its growth, the hair would break through the skin and rise to the surface on its own. Make sure you continue with your exfoliation and moisturizing processes until the hair breaks through. A waiting period of around 14 days is recommended to allow the hair grow naturally.