Ingrown hairs absolutely suck, any male who is long past puberty would have had at least one or two on their face or neck as a result of shaving. Women often get them on their legs, or other parts of the body that they regularly shave. Ingrown hairs can be irritating, at times painful, and are unsightly if clearly visible; they can also cause infection and for that reason alone should not be left untouched. I once managed to extract one using a pair of tweezers which must have been around an inch long and could quite possibly have been growing under my skin for a year! Removing them is difficult however, and should be attempted with caution; I have a very visible scar on cheek which was obtained by some an over-zealous attempt to remove an ingrown hair, if it proves difficult to remove then their is always your doctor! Before you rush off to hassle the doc, have a go at trying to remove it yourself by following the advice on this page.
How To Remove An Ingrown Hair
Got an ingrown hair? It's important that you remove that before it becomes infected, thankfully removal isn't all that hard!
Remove Ingrowing Hair
If you have noticed an ingrown hair then begin to exfoliate the area on a frequent basis, perhaps twice a day. Exfoliating regularly will actually help prevent ingrown hairs from occurring as it unblocks follicles and allows a free path from which hairs can sprout. Scrub the ingrown hair for a while each time in order to help remove dead skin cells and dirt which may have built up around the hair, it may also begin to nudge the tip of the hair back towards the open follicle. If exfoliating doesn't work, it probably won't, try using some decent acne cream several times a day for anything from a few days up to a week; benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid is the best.
If you combine the use of acne cream with exfoliation the unblocking and reduce the swelling of the follicle will often result in the hair begging to grow back out - at this point it is ready to be plucked with tweezers. It is best to use some ultra fine tweezers, these are often marketed as Ingrown Hair Tweezers, as these minimize the chances of scarring. There are also a number of exfoliating products on the market which are better than conventional exfoliators for ingrown hairs, by far the bestselling on Amazon is the PFB Vanish Ingrown Hair roll on although another popular product is Tend Skin Liquid.
Prevent It In Future
Some methods of hair removal result in a much higher risk of ingrown hairs than other methods. If you pluck or wax, for example, you are much more likely to get ingrown hairs than if you were to use a good quality electric shaver. Wet shaving with blades is more likely to result in ingrown hairs than electric shavers too.
A great electric shaver will cut close to the skin, but not close enough for your hairs to become inverted; it won't completely eradicate the risk, but it will certainly drastically reduce the chances! I myself used to have a huge problem with regular ingrown hairs on my face while wet shaving with razor blades, I have a few scares to show for it too, but since switching to a Philips shaver I haven't had any at all!
Exactly the same applies for ladies too who use razors on their legs and other body hair, switch to electric shavers to reduce your chances of ingrown hairs!
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