Methods to combat ingrown hairs
Epilation helps us get rid of unwanted hair. But if such a procedure was carried out incorrectly, the hairs can grow into. Ingrown hairs cause discomfort and spoil the look. And such a problem, unfortunately, is known to many. And how to get rid of it?
What it is?
When we remove a hair, of course, it begins to grow again. Normally, it makes its way out of the hair follicle. But if the path is closed, or the hair grows crooked, it turns out that it rests on the subcutaneous layer, damages it and provokes inflammation.
Also the hair can be bent and grow in the opposite direction. A weakened hair simply can not penetrate the dense skin. Outwardly, this can be seen on a small red dot with a dark middle. If pus has formed inside, then a abscess (white dot) may appear.
Such a defect spoils the appearance, and if inflammation has begun, then there are unpleasant sensations, aggravated by mechanical effects.Ingrown hairs can be localized on any part of the body that is subject to epilation: in the bikini area or in the armpit, as well as on the legs.
Why is this happening?
Why do ingrown hairs appear? We list the main reasons for this phenomenon:
- Incorrect procedure for hair removal. So, if the hair was torn off or broken below the level of the skin layer (that is, under it), then it will bend and with growth will certainly rest on the epidermis.
- Individual features of the skin. So, if the epidermal layer is excessively dense and thick, then the hair may be difficult to penetrate through it, which will lead to frequent or even permanent ingrowth.
- Hormonal changes or disorders. It can be both diseases of the endocrine system, as well as changes in the level of certain hormones, in particular estrogen (its number increases in women at the beginning or in the first half of the menstrual cycle).
- Damage to the hair follicle during epilation.
- Scar formation on the hair channel after epilation. In other words, the hair channel may simply overgrow. This can happen if the hair removal procedure is incorrect or if the skin is damaged or injured.
- Often, women who choose to shave, do not know the features of the process.For example, shaving against hair growth or a blunt blade almost always provokes ingrowth.
- Wearing tight and uncomfortable underwear, sewn from synthetic fabrics, poorly transmissive to moisture.
What to do?
How to get rid of ingrown hair, which appeared after epilation? The fight against this problem has several features. Let us dwell in more detail on each of them.
The basic taboos: what can not be done?
Some in the fight against ingrown hair allow a lot of mistakes and only aggravate the situation. Here's what you can not do:
- Do not try to squeeze the hair! First, if it is damaged, you can get an infection that will lead to inflammation and the formation of pus. And it can be dangerous and very serious. Secondly, you will damage the hair follicle or the follicle. Yes, perhaps, you will remove the unfortunate hair, but the new one will also certainly grow, because it will not be able to grow and make its way through the skin because of the damage done by you.
- Do not try to scrape hair off with a fingernail. The reasons for the ban are the same as in the previous paragraph.
- If you decide to remove the hair at home, then do not perform the procedure with dirty hands or non-sterile instruments.It threatens with infection and tissue inflammation.
Special means to remove ingrown hairs can be purchased, for example, in a pharmacy or in a specialized cosmetic store. How do such creams, gels and lotions work? The impact is in several directions at once, which allows to achieve a certain effect.
- First, the upper keratinous skin layer is peeled off.
- Secondly, the skin is softened. And this allows you to facilitate the task of a hair: it will wash away through the epidermis.
- Thirdly, it contains antibacterial components that protect tissues from infections.
If you do not want to spend money on creams and gels, then you can use one of the following simple ways:
- An ordinary scrub will help. The peeling procedure will remove the cornified skin cells and make the epidermis softer. So if you do peeling for several days in a row, then soon the hair can probably get through, and the problem will be solved. Strengthen the effect of the procedure can be, if previously steam out the skin. Then the process will go much faster.
- Badyaga can also help if you mix it with hydrogen peroxide. Take one teaspoon of badyagi powder, add peroxide to make gruel. Apply the compound to the area of ingrowth, leave for 15-20 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Then to soften the skin, apply oil or, for example, children's cream. If you hold such manipulations for 4-5 days, then soon hair will find a way out.
- Some use conventional cosmetics from acne. This is especially true in the event that there was an abscess.
- Try using a mixture of glycerin and aspirin. Mix these ingredients in equal quantities and apply to the zone of ingrowth for a couple of hours. Probably, the hair immediately after the procedure will appear above the surface of the skin.
Mechanical removal at home
If none of the above actions have helped, the best option is to contact a cosmetologist. But you can try to remove the hair yourself, following the rules. Here are the main stages of such removal:
- First, steam the skin. Just take a hot bath. In the water, you can add a decoction of herbs (alternating or chamomile) or two to three drops of essential oil (such as tea tree).
- Then exfoliate. Apply the scrub to the problem area with massaging movements, then rinse with water.
- Wipe the area dry with a clean towel, then treat with antiseptic. You can wet a cotton pad in alcohol or hydrogen peroxide and wipe the area.
- Treat all instruments, they must be clean and sterile (wipe them with alcohol or sterilize in boiling water, then cool).
- Take a needle, open the abscess (if any), pry the ingrown hair, remove it.
- Using tweezers, pull out the ill-fated hair.
- Treat the wound with an antiseptic.
After this procedure, hair removal is contraindicated (at least for a week).
In order not to deal with this problem, follow simple preventive measures:
- Before epilating, perform a peeling procedure. Also use scrubs after the procedure and a couple of times a week so that the skin is regularly updated.
- After hair removal, apply moisturizing and softening agents to the skin. They are also better to use regularly, it will help soften the epidermis.
- Remove hair after cleansing, use antibacterial agents.
- It is better to steam the skin before epilation, taking a hot shower.
- Refuse epilation if the skin is damaged (there are abrasions or sores).
- If you prefer shaving, use a sharp razor. Do not shave hair, moving against their growth line. Do not use soap for shaving, choose special products.
- Do not wear tight underwear.
- Epilation at bedtime (skin will recover overnight).
- If the problem continues to bother you, change the way you remove hair.
- You can treat the area with an antiseptic after the procedure.
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