Hair sometimes curls back on itself and becomes trapped beneath the skin where it continues to grow. This is known as an ingrown hair. Hairs that grow under the skin in this way can end up infected or leave you with ugly bumps. A warm, damp cloth and sterilized tweezers are often enough to remove ingrown hairs.
To give our readers some of the very best advice possible, we talked with a physician about what are the best methods of getting rid of ingrown hairs or, better still, preventing them in the first place.
How to Avoid Getting Ingrown Hairs
It may be nice to get a good, close shave, but shaving too closely can irritate the skin and cause ingrown hairs. It's also key to check which direction the hair is growing so that you can shave with it as opposed to against it.
If waxing at home is your weapon of choice for hair removal, "gently" exfoliate the area regularly to keep it clear of skin debris that can clog the pores and cause ingrown hairs.
To help prevent ingrown hair around the bikini line, wear looser clothing. If hairs have to fight against tight fitting clothes, they sometimes don't have the strength to make it out of the hair follicle and curl inwards instead.
How to Get Rid of an Ingrown Hair
The easiest and most common way is with a warm cloth and a pair of sterilized tweezers. If the hair isn't too deep, simply apply the warm, damp cloth to soften the skin and then gently remove the hair with the tweezers.
Should you suffer from an slightly infected ingrown hair, treat it immediately with antiseptic. Witch Hazel and Tee Tree Oil are both very good antiseptics for treating ingrown hairs.
Many products specifically designed for treating ingrown hairs are now available and worth trying.
Products for Treating Ingrown Hairs
Don't use any product without first having studied the guidance leaflet. This way you can be sure it is suitable for you personally and how you should apply it. Many make use of harsh chemicals/acids mixed with moisturizer that can easily irritate the skin.
Test the product on a small area first. If there is no irritation, you can confidently apply it as normal.
Using these product regularly can dramatically reduce the amount of ingrown hairs you get and prevention is always better than cure.
These are just a few suggestions for dealing with ingrown hairs. Nothing beats professional medical advice so if you have any doubts, chronic ingrown hairs or infected ingrown hairs, consult a physician or dermatologist.
If you are interested in finding out more about how to get rid of an ingrown hair, check out Bikini Waxing HQ, a site dedicated to providing advice and information on home hair removal.