Have an ingrown hair? How did it happen? What should you do?
An ingrown hair is a shaved or tweezed hair that grows back into the skin, causing inflammation. Many things can cause ingrown hairs, but direction of hair growth is a big factor. Curved or curly hairs more commonly become ingrown after shaving or waxing than straight hairs do. Shaving dry or pulling your skin tight while shaving are also common causes of ingrown hairs.
The only foolproof way to avoid ingrown hairs is to stop hair removal completely. For many, though, that is not an option, so follow these tips to help avoid ingrown hairs:
- Wash the area to be shaved with warm water and apply shaving cream to help soften the hair follicles.
- Use clean, sharp razors not only to prevent ingrown hairs, but also to make razor bumps less likely.
- Always shave in the direction hair grows.
- And don’t forget to wash and moisturize after shaving or waxing!
However, if you do discover an ingrown hair, you have many treatment options. One option is to stop any type of hair removal until the ingrown hair has healed, which can take up to six months. Laser treatment is another alternative, but that can cause scars and blistering. Your doctor can also prescribe medication to help.
A couple of home remedies could help, too. The first is washing the affected area using a washcloth or soft-bristled toothbrush in a circular motion, before shaving and before going to bed. A more immediate remedy is using a sterilized needle to simply pull out the ingrown hairs.
At The Floating Lotus, we carry products to prevent and soothe ingrown hairs, too! We have Fur brand’s healing and soothing Ingrown Concentrate. This product soothes irritation and gets rid of ingrowns, leaving smooth, clear skin. We also sell the gentle and exfoliating Fur Silk Scrub. The scrub removes dead skin cells, smooths and polishes to leave skin radiant and free of ingrown hairs.
To purchase these products, visit our shop at 900 N. University Ave., Suite 4, in Little Rock, or call (501) 664-0172.