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What Causes Ingrown Hairs? How Can you Treat Them?

Ingrown hairs are common among people of all ages and genders. What you may not know is that the darker your complexion, the higher the risk of ingrown hairs. Don’t worry, we are here to help you learn ways to prevent and treat your ingrown hairs.

When you first see an ingrown hair it will appear as a dark spot or red bump on your skin. It becomes ingrown because after you shave, during the growth phase, it will curl over on your skin. The sharp tip will grow into your skin and that causes irritation and discoloration.

Ingrown hairs are more common in areas where your hair is naturally coarse. Many women have trouble with ingrown hairs in the bikini area, while the neck and beard area may be more affected in men. If you continuously shave, ingrowns become a more common annoyance. Waxing can decrease your chances of getting ingrowns and laser hair removal can help get rid of the problem indefinitely.

A few things that you can do to decrease the intensity and frequency of ingrown hairs include exfoliating and hydrating before you shave. When you take a shower be sure to exfoliate well for several minutes. This will dull the tip of the hair and get rid of any dead skin that can trap your hair as it grows. When you are shaving, try to avoid cutting the hair too close to the skin. A close shave will increase the likelihood that the hair will curl into the skin. Be sure to shave in the same direction that your hair grows to avoid irritation.

If you try to remove the ingrown yourself, be careful that you don’t further damage your skin. The best solution is to see your skincare specialist because they have the proper tools and techniques to remove the hair without hurting your skin. If you must do it yourself, be sure to use a sterilized needle and tweezers to gently remove the hair tip from the skin. At your nearest drug store, you can find chemical depilatories, creams, and topical antibiotics to treat your ingrown hairs, but it won’t prevent them from reoccurring. If you have severe ingrowns or consistently experience the pain and discomfort associated with them, laser hair removal is your best bet.