Ingrown hair occurs when you give yourself a shave that is too close to the skin. The tip of the hair starts to grow side-ways and burrows right back into the skin. This can cause the area to become red and inflamed. Tiny blisters get formed. These may get infected if one is not careful. In order toget relief from in grown hair you can follow the tips mentioned below.
Home Remedies For Ingrown Hair
Milk and Bread
Milk and bread also treat the ingrown hair by loosening and bringing it to the surface. Soak a piece of bread in warm milk. Apply it on the affected area, or use a band-aid to make it stick there for a while. Repeat this 2-3 times till you find a loop of the hair coming out of the skin. Gently pull it out with a sterilized needle
Baking soda has a soothing effect on the skin due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Plus, it helps relieve itching by exfoliating the skin and also reduces redness caused by ingrown hairs.Mix one tablespoon of baking soda and one cup of water. Dip a cotton ball in the solution. Dab it on the affected skin. Leave it on for five minutes and then wash it off with cold water. Repeat two or three times daily as needed.
Mix some cornstarch with water and apply the resultant paste to the affected area. It has the same properties as baking soda; thus, helps reduce pain, inflammation and swelling due to ingrown hair.
In case the site of ingrown hair becomes red, inflamed or infected with pustules do not try to shave over the area again. Try to wipe the area clean with a good anti septic soap or solution like dettol.
In a bowl, mix together some vinegar and hot water (remember to keep the mixture warm). Dip a cloth into this mixture and lightly press it on the affected area. When the cloth gets cold, dip it again into the warm mixture and apply again to the affected area. This method takes a longer time and so you may have to repeat it for at least a week.
Shave More Often
If you are not into waxing it is better that you shave your hands and legs more often. This will prevent the hair from growing into the skin. Use gentle strokes and don’t shave too close to the skin.
If you feel that your skin has some stubborn in grown hair that are not coming out with the razor, pluck them with a tweezer or thread them away. Threading usually targets in grown hair well. If the hair is too stubborn, leave it. Picking or digging at it will only infect it.
From exfoliating the skin to increasing the blood circulation to reduce swelling and speeding up the healing process, sea salt does it all All you are required to do is make a paste of sea salt and water and apply it with the help of cotton ball in the affected area. Leave it for 10-15 minutes and then wash it off with water. It must be done twice daily until the ingrown hair gets cured.
Stubborn, unruly hair that tends to grow in all directions needs to be trained to grow in one direction only. For this, continue to shave in one direction for 2-3 weeks. You will realize that your hair has straightened out and is now growing in one direction. This will subsequently reduce the problem of ingrown hair
Change The Blade
Using the same blade again and again will cause it to blunt over a period of time. So you won’t get a clean shave and will suffer from ingrown hair. Change your blade every fortnight and don’t use blades with twin or triple blades. Go for a single blade razor that is not too harsh on your skin and does not allow for a very close shave.
Stiff Collared Necks
This may sound weird but stiff collars which stick into your neck cause the maximum abrasion against facial hair and stubbles. This too increases the likelihood of ingrown hair. So wear loose collared shirts and blouses and let your neck breathe.
Always moisturize your skin after a shave. This reduces the incidence of an infection.