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Ingrown Hair Remedy

Updated on October 28, 2016
Ingrown Hair Remedy
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The “root” cause of an ingrown hair is usually due to shaving or waxing. When the hair is cut or removed from the hair follicle, the new hair sometimes grows in an irregular way and doesn’t proceed through your skin naturally. The hair can get clogged and grow irregularly within the skin causing a swollen area or bump.

So what is the best ingrown hair remedy? Both men and women suffer from ingrown hairs occasionally and there are several preventative remedies that you can use to improve your skin.

1. Take before and after precautions.

The easiest ingrown hair remedy is to take the necessary precautions both before and after shaving (or waxing). It is important to exfoliate the skin using a soft scrubby using an exfoliation moisturizer before you start removing the hair on your body. Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells and prevents your pores from getting clogged.

You need to make sure your hair passages are clear for the traffic to move through without crashing! When you get an ingrown hair, it’s like the traffic is backed up in a tunnel and a bus comes speeding through at the far end causing chaos. So exfoliate and make room for the bus and it will pass through on route!

After you shave, you should repeat the exfoliation process. Don’t do it too hard or else you could irritate your skin more. Be gentle and use a moisturizer afterward that is both hypoallergenic and oil free. Some products carry unnatural ingredients that can aggravate the outer and inner layers of your skin. After a week, you will notice that exfoliation is a very effective ingrown hair remedy.

2. Shave with the correct technique.

Again, prevention is the best ingrown hair remedy. Use a brand of razor that doesn’t irritate your skin too much. Often multi-blade razors on the market can give you a smoother shave, but they can also cause ingrown hairs to form. If you think this could be the main cause of your problem, try using a single blade razor to see if there are any improvements. All skin types are different so see what type of razor works best for you.

Shaving against the grain can remove more hair than shaving with the grain, but it can also wreak havoc to your hair follicles. Remember to shave in the same direction that your hair grows. It is more natural and will help your hairs re-grow again correctly without curling back or in another direction under your skin.

Using an oil free shaving cream that is also hypoallergenic is another ingrown hair remedy to add to your prevention toolkit. Many of the products we apply to our skin can do more harm than good, so remember to read your labels. Natural products are always best.

3. Wear appropriate clothing.

Another simple but effective ingrown hair remedy is to wear clothing that isn’t too tight against your skin. If your clothes are too tight then it won’t allow your skin to breathe properly and will cause ingrown hairs to form beneath the surface. Try wearing clothes that are 100% cotton and allow you too cool down.

Sometimes synthetic fabrics like polyester or rayon can irritate the skin or cause unnecessary friction. You don’t really have to do all of your shopping at Fubu or dress like a rapper, but stick to looser fitting cotton clothes and you’ll see improvements to your skin.

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      savannahms 5 years ago

      Here's a page with good information about ingrown hairs, what causes them, how to avoid them, what to do if you have one - and what NOT to do!

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      Bill Seemiller 5 years ago

      As a 4 time hair transplant patient, it's typical for hair transplant patients to experience ingrown hairs as they begin to grow and break through the surface of the scalp. Unfortunately, there doesn't seen to be any real way to avoid this however, using Aloe Vera or applying a warm, damp cloth can help soften the skin and help hair ease its way through while minimizing painful pimples.

      I know the above context is a little different but because it's a similar topic, I thought I'd share my thoughts.

      Best wishes,