Do you get strange bumps on your skin every now and then which don’t look like pimples or hives? It is possible that you have ingrown hairs. It is always a nasty and unexpected surprise and most often it happens on the face, legs, armpit, or bikini zone, but frankly speaking can appear absolutely anywhere. Ingrown hairs are certainly not health threatening but they’re so annoying and embarrassing. In this article you will find out what causes them and what can be done when they appear.
We at Bright Side prepared this selection which can hopefully help you to deal with this problem.
What does it look like?
Ingrown hairs are hairs that have curled around and started growing back into the skin instead of growing up from it. An ingrown hair is very annoying, it irritates the skin and makes it very itchy, and sometimes it even can get infected and turn into a painful, boil-like sore.
Not using shaving cream
If you don’t like softening your skin before shaving and just shave it dry, the razor ends up sharpening the ends of the hair and this can cause an ingrown hair. Solution — use shaving cream or gel before shaving and a moisturizer after.
Wearing tight clothes
If you often wear tight clothes, this may stop hairs from growing in the right direction. Instead, they will start growing into the skin. The solution is very simple — don’t wear tight clothes all the time.
Tweezing the hair may be another cause for the ingrown hair. Sometimes tweezers don’t pull the hair out completely, they just stretch it. And while it’s getting stretched, it curls, and may grow back into the skin. The solution — moisturize the skin with a moisturizing cream or coconut oil before using tweezers.
Another option is to consider alternative ways to get rid of unwanted hair, like waxing or even laser. Laser may potentially remove it permanently.
Avoiding deep cleansing
Sometimes, dead skin can block the skin surface which forces the newly growing hair inside it to grow sideways under the skin, rather than upward. The solution for this is exfoliation. Use an exfoliating glove for the body and scrubs and exfoliating masks for the face. And don’t get overzealous, beauty therapists recommend using exfoliation no more than twice a week.
Naturally curly or coarse hair
You might be getting ingrown hairs more often than other people if you have curly hair, which means that the follicles are curved. The hair practically bends back and re-enters the skin. If you have coarse hair it may have such sharp ends that it can pierce the skin and grow into it. The solution is simple since you cannot really change your hair — moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.
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