So, you have an ingrown hair somewhere on your body and you want to get rid of it. Well you have come to the right place! We have some easy at home ingrown hair removal tips to get rid of those pesky, ugly and possibly painful ingrown hairs that might be causing you some stress.
What’s an Ingrown Hair?
An ingrown hair is a hair that has become trapped in the pore, causing the pore to become blocked. Think of it as a fancier pimple, only instead of dirt, oils and bacteria being the cause, a hair is. Ingrown hairs are very common but some may get them worse than others. They commonly occur from not properly treating the skin with care after shaving or tacking part in hair removal such as waxing.
Sometimes ingrown hairs look similar to acne pimples, sore, red, inflamed, with puss. Other times they may appear as little red bumps with some puss. Or sometimes they wont be red or raised at all. In these cases you generally can see the actually hair trapped within the surface layers of the skin.
So that bring’s us to…
Ingrown hair removal
I take it you have diagnosed an ingrown hair somewhere on your body, now you want it gone! Well first of all, let’s talk about ingrown hair removal for red and sore pustules. These types are ones you should treat similarly to acne pimples, be gentle and careful with the skin. These types of ingrown hairs are already infected which is why they have become painful, red and sore. Let me share with you the best way to extract for proper ingrown hair removal at home.
Step 1 – Sanitize & Apply Heat
After locating the ingrown hair, sanitize the skin around and on the area with the ingrown hair. For this you can use rubbing alcohol, dettol or apple cider vinegar. Wipe the area with a soaked cotton ball or cotton pad. Then take a clean wash cloth, soak it in hot water, ring out the excess water and place it over the area with the ingrown hair. If the wash cloth is not warm enough, then you can quickly microwave it for 10 seconds to heat it up more. Just be careful not to burn yourself. Hold the wash cloth on the area for 1 minute then move on to the next step.
Step 2 – Extraction
After applying the heat, the pore has now been opened and the ingrown hair has been stimulated to be lifted towards the surface of the skin. It is now time to attempt extraction of the ingrown hair. I recommend using a proper extraction tool such as the Skinmiso Comedo Removal Tool as it is designed to apply an equal amount of pressure around the area of concerned without breaking the skin. With the remover, place it over the ingrown hair and slowly press down until the puss and hair pops out. Once the hair has come out of the pore, get your soaked cotton in the sanitize of your choice, and press and hold it over the area for 15 seconds to deep clean and kill any bad bacteria. This will also tighten the open pore to prevent new infections. Be sure to press down with pressure to help prevent bruising.
If your ingrown hair is not inflamed or infected and you can clearly see it trapped under the skin, then this one is easier to manage. Simple apply the hot wash close to bring the hair to the surface. Then wipe it away or wipe it out of the pore. The extraction tool might be needed if it is being stubborn.
Sometimes an ingrown hair removal might be more difficult. If the ingrown hair will not come out of the pore and is painful to touch, then simply apply the heated cloth to the skin. Do this multiple times a day or as much as you can until the ingrown hair slowly surfaces. This will be tedious but will help over time. If this method does not work, then your ingrown hair might be a more serious matter and might need medical attention. You can visit a local dermatologist clinic and ask if they provide ingrown hair removal services.
Step 3 – Preventative Care
So, you have found out that ingrown hairs are not fun to manage? We feel you! So let’s be sure we work harder to prevent the development of ingrown hairs in the future. This is fairly simple to do at home! My number one tip it making sure your skin is properly moisturized. Moisture is key to making sure the pores stay healthy and can breathe easy, preventing clogged pores and trapped hairs. Along the note of breathing pores, it’s very important to exfoliate the skin regularly. Build up of dead skin cells can increase your chances of ingrown hairs. Dead skin cell build up blocks pores and prevents them from breathing, which can lead to hairs becoming trapped, especially after hair removal such as shaving or waxing. I recommend using a body scrub in the shower 2 times a week such as the Jungle Botanics Natural Body Glow Nutshell Scrub. Using a good exfoliate will keep the skin clear aiding to prevent clogged pores and ingrown hairs.