How to get rid of ingrown hair after hair removal?
Epilation helps us get rid of unwanted hair. But if such a procedure was performed incorrectly, the hairs can grow. Ingrown hair causes discomfort and spoils the appearance. And such a problem, unfortunately, is known to many. And how to get rid of it?
What is it?
When we remove a hair, it, of course, starts to grow again. Normally, it breaks out of the hair follicle. But if the path is closed, or the hair grows crookedly, it turns out that it rests on the subcutaneous layer, damages it and provokes inflammation.
The hair can also bend and grow in the opposite direction. And weakened hair simply can not break through dense skin. Outwardly, it can be seen from a small red dot with a dark middle. If there is pus inside, an abscess( white dot) may appear.
Such a defect spoils the appearance, and if the inflammation begins, then there are unpleasant sensations, amplified by mechanical influences. The ingrown hairs can be localized on any part of the body that undergoes epilation: in the bikini zone or in the axillary region, and also on the legs.
Why does this happen?
Why do ingrown hairs appear? We list the main causes of this phenomenon:
- Wrong procedure of epilation. So, if the hair has been torn or broken below the level of the skin layer( that is, under it), then it will bend and with growth will certainly rest in the epidermis.
- Individual skin features. So, if the epidermal layer is excessively dense and thick, then the hair can be difficult to break through it, which will lead to frequent or even permanent ingrowth.
- Hormonal changes or disorders. It can be both diseases of the endocrine system, and changes in the level of certain hormones, in particular estrogen( its number increases in women in the beginning or in the first half of the menstrual cycle).
- Hair follicle damage during epilation.
- Scar formation on the hair channel after epilation. In other words, the hair channel can simply overgrow. This can happen if the hair removal procedure is wrong or if the skin is damaged or injured.
- Often, women who choose shaving, 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 should I do?
How to get rid of ingrown hair, which appeared after epilation? The fight against this problem has a number of peculiarities. Let us dwell in more detail on each of them.
The main taboos: what can not be done?
Some in the fight against ingrown hair allow a lot of mistakes and only exacerbate the situation. That's what you can not do:
- Do not try to squeeze hair! First, if damaged, you can carry an infection, which will lead to inflammation and the formation of pus. And this can be dangerous and very serious. Secondly, you will damage the hair follicle or the follicle. Yes, perhaps, you will remove the ill-fated hair, but the new one will certainly grow, because it is normal to grow and break through the skin, it can not because of the damage you caused.
- Do not attempt to scrape the hair off with a fingernail. The reasons for the prohibition are the same as in the previous paragraph.
- If you decide to remove the hair at home, do not use dirty hands or non-sterile tools. It threatens with infection and inflammation of the tissues.
Special means for removing ingrown hairs can be purchased, for example, in a pharmacy or in a specialized cosmetic shop. How do such creams, gels and lotions work? The impact is immediately in several directions, which allows to achieve a certain effect.
- First, the upper stratum corneum of the skin peels off.
- Secondly, the skin is softened. And this makes it possible to alleviate the problem of the hair: it will wash through the epidermis.
- Thirdly, the composition includes antibacterial components that protect the tissue from infections.
If you do not want to spend money on creams and gels, then you can use one of the following simple methods:
- The usual scrub will help. The peeling procedure will remove the dead skin cells and make the epidermis softer. So if you do a few days in a row doing peeling, then soon, probably, the hair will be able to 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 powdered banyam, add the peroxide to make a gruel. Apply the formulation 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, a baby 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 amounts and apply to the area 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 by yourself, observing the rules. Here are the main steps of such removal:
- First, rip off 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, do a peeling. Apply the scrub to the problem area with massage movements, then rinse with water.
- Wipe the area dry with a clean towel, then treat with an antiseptic. You can moisten the cotton pad in alcohol or hydrogen peroxide and wipe the area.
- Treat all tools, they must be clean and sterile( wipe them with alcohol or sterilize in boiling water, then cool).
- Take a needle, open an abscess( if it is), poddent ingrown hair, remove it.
- With tweezers pull out the unfortunate hair.
- Treat the wound with an antiseptic.
After this procedure, hair removal is contraindicated( at least within a week).
To avoid this problem, observe simple preventive measures:
- Before peeling, peel the procedure. Also, use scrubs after the procedure and a couple of times a week, so that the skin is regularly updated.
- After removing hair, 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 the skin, use antibacterial agents.
- It is better to warm up the skin before epilation by taking a hot shower.
- Discard epilation if the skin is damaged( there are abrasions or wounds).
- If you prefer shaving, then use a sharp razor. Do not shave your hair, moving against their growth line. Do not use soap to shave, choose special means.
- Do not wear tight underwear.
- Make an epilation before bedtime( overnight the skin will recover).
- If the problem continues to bother you, change the hair removal method.
- You can treat the area with an antiseptic after the procedure.
Successful hair removal to you!