Tips And Natural Remedies To Get Rid Of Ingrown Hair
Ingrown hairs also called razor bumps are hairs which instead of rising up from the skin, they have curled around and grown back into it.
According to a study conducted at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System, ingrown hairs or razor bumps most frequently appear among people who have curly hair, particularly at people from the African American community.
At most cases, the ingrown hair produces a red and raised bump that looks like a little pimple. Very often, there is pus inside the bump, and the area around the ingrown hair starts to swell which causes redness, inflammation and sometimes it is painful.
Ingrown hair usually occurs at body areas where people remove the unwanted hair (for instance, shaving or waxing), such as legs, underarms and bikini area and beard area.
Despite the fact that at most cases the ingrown hair is not a severe issue, the bump definitely is an irritating issue.
Sometimes the ingrown hair simply goes away on its own as the hair eventually grows out of the skin. Still, there are several home remedies that will speed up the healing process and in same time will reduce the inflammation and redness.
In order to remove the hair growing back into the skin, you will need a sterile straight pin or a pair of tweezers: carefully lift it out and make sure not to pick or dig at your ingrown hair though.
Important note: in case if the area where you have an ingrown hair is too inflamed and painful, it is highly advisable to visit a doctor.
Here are the top 10 home remedies for ingrown hairs.
- Sugar Scrub
When it comes to scrubs, sugar is one of the best natural ingredients that gently exfoliates the skin, removes the dead cells and in same time helps the ingrown hair come out of the skin. The sugar scrub will make your skin silky smooth and will help you to get rid of the ingrown hair.
In a bowl add 1 cup of white sugar and 1 ½ cup of extra-virgin olive oil or jojoba oil. Stir well and add 10 drops each of tea tree oil and lavender essential oil. Take a small amount of this natural scrub and gently massage the affected area in circular motions. After that, rinse off the skin with lukewarm water. Use this scrub 1-2 times a week. Store the remaining scrub in a suitable container.
- Baking Soda
Baking soda possesses potent anti-inflammatory properties and it has a soothing effect on the skin. This ingredient is perfect for exfoliating the skin and in same time will reduce the redness caused by ingrown hairs.
In a bowl mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 1 cup of water. Dip a cotton ball in the solution and then simply dab it on the affected skin. Leave the baking soda to act for 5 minutes and then rinse it off with cold water. Use this baking soda mixture 2-3 times a day.
Another option is to prepare a homemade scrub by mixing 1 teaspoon each of baking soda and ground oatmeal and 1 tablespoon of water. Stir well until you get a homogenous paste and apply it on your skin. Leave mixture to act for 5 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water. Use this remedy twice a day.
- Tea Tree Oil
The tea tree oil possesses incredibly powerful antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and this oil often is used for prevention of infections and it speeds up the healing process.
Dilute 5 drops of tea tree oil in 2 tablespoons of distilled water. Cleanse your skin with antibacterial soap and then apply the diluted tea tree oil. Leave it act for 10 minutes and then rinse off with lukewarm water. Use tea tree oil twice a day.
Another option is to prepare a mixture of 3 drops of tea tree oil and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Apply the mixture on the affected area and then gently massage it for a several minutes. Let the mixture to act for 10 minutes and after that rinse off with lukewarm water.
Redness and inflammation are the most common symptoms of ingrown hair and due to its anti-inflammatory property, aspirin will reduce the swelling, but in same time will fight against the inflammation. The salicylic acid contained in aspirin will remove the dead skin and thus it will loosen the offending hair.
In 1 teaspoon of warm water soak 2 aspirin tablets and prepare a paste. Then, add 1 teaspoon of honey to the paste and apply it to the affected area. Leave the mixture to act for 10 minutes and then rinse it off. Use this remedy 1-2 times a week.
Note: people who have highly sensitive skin should not use this remedy.
Salt is one of the most efficient exfoliating agents, and in same time it will improve the circulation and thus will promote healing and will reduce the swelling.
In 1 cup of lukewarm water add 1 or 1 ½ teaspoons of table salt and stir. Dip a cotton ball in the resulted mixture and gently rub the affected area. Leave the salt to act for several minutes and then rinse off with lukewarm water. Use this mixture two times a day until the ingrown hair clears up.
Note: people who have sensitive skin that easily gets red or irritated should not use this remedy.
- Black Tea Bags
Tannic acid contained in the black tea has the ability to reduce redness and inflammation and also will soothe the skin.
Moisten a black tea bag in warm water and then rub the affected area with the tea bag. Repeat the process few times a day.
Another option is to steep a black tea bag in hot water for a several minutes. Remove the tea bag from the water and then squeeze out the liquid into a bowl. Add 1 teaspoon of coconut water into the bowl and stir. Next step is to soak a cotton ball in the mixture and then press it gently on the affected area. Use this remedy twice a day.
- Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera possesses soothing and cooling properties and instantly relieves the unpleasant itchiness and inflammation. In addition to that, the Aloe Vera will keep the skin moisturized and speed up the healing process.
For this purpose you will need an Aloe Vera leaf. Carefully extract the gel from the leaf and then rub the gel on the affected area. Leave the gel to dry for 30 minutes. Then, rinse if off with lukewarm water. Use this remedy 2-3 times a day.
When it comes to prevention of infections, thanks to its antibacterial properties, honey is one of the most efficient natural remedies. In addition to that, honey will moisturize the skin and in same time will reduce the swelling and inflammation.
The procedure is very simple: all you should do is to apply a layer of honey directly on the irritated area. Leave it act for 10 minutes and then rinse off with cold water. Use this remedy 3-4 times a day.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV possesses incredibly powerful anti-inflammatory properties that efficiently reduce the inflammation and soothe the skin. In same time, apple cider vinegar will destroy the bacteria and yeast and thus will reduce the risk of infection.
Dip a cotton ball in organic apple cider vinegar and apply it on the affected area. Once the skin absorbs the ACV, rinse off the skin with lukewarm water. Use this remedy two times a day.
Cucumbers have potent anti-inflammatory properties and are perfect for hydration of the skin, and are great for soothing the irritating symptoms of ingrown hair. Cucumbers also contain vitamin C that will relieve the pain and will reduce the unpleasant itchiness.
Put several fresh cucumber slices in the fridge and leave the cool down for about 30 minutes. After that, gently rub the cucumber slices on the affected area. Repeat this simple procedure several times a day.
Another option is to prepare a puree of half a cucumber. Then, add 1/3 cup of milk. Store the resulted paste in the fridge for several minutes. Next step is to soak a cloth in the mixture and apply it to the irritated area. Leave it act for several minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water. Use this remedy 2-3 times a day.