Ingrown hair is caused when the closely cut hair stubs get entrapped inside the hair follicle and start growing within the skin. They curl around to grow back in your skin when they should be rising above. Though, they hardly cause any pain, they certainly are not very good to look at. They appear as tan or small red bumps, often with dark and small pinpoints, evident beneath the surface of the skin. However, they may become infected and result in folliculitis. Inflammation and itching are likely to be followed. They usually occur due to improper waxing and shaving and also due to the accumulation of oils, debris and dead skin cells resulting in the blockage of hair follicles, which makes things even more problematic.
Though, you can get your problem fixed by a doctor, or at a trusted beauty parlor, it is certainly going to cost you much. Keeping in mind the escalating prices and the dire need to get rid of something as horrendous as an ingrown hair, we are here to provide you with some home remedies that are sure to be effective.
Salt is cheap, widely accessible and easy to use. It exfoliates your skin, increases circulation, reduces the swelling and promotes healing. Using products based on salt can help you ward of ingrown hair.
When Using It on Your Face
Warm one cup of water and mix 1½ teaspoon of salt to it (if you are using it over a small area, adjust the ratio accordingly). Take a fresh ball of cotton and dip it in the mixture. Gently swipe it a few times over your ingrown hair and remember not to rinse it off. Allowing it to sit there will enable the salt to mildly cleanse and exfoliate the skin, thereby, drawing out the troublesome hair. Discontinue using if your skin turns irritated or red; otherwise, apply the mixture daily until the hair comes out.
When Using It on Your Body
When trying to chuck out ingrown hair from the rest of your body (like the bikini area or legs), put Epsom salt (two cups) in your bath tub. To exfoliate better, you can directly apply the Epsom salt to your wet skin and gently rub in a circular motion. Rinse off after sometime.
Sugar is a gentle exfoliant, which helps you get rid of dead skin cells, leaving it smooth and silky. You need to add Jojoba oil or olive oil to the recipe as they contain hydrating properties, which makes the skin pliable and moisturized, thereby, making the release of the stranded hair easier.
Things You will Need
- White cane sugar (1 cup)
- Jojoba oil or virgin oil (1/2 cup)
- An essential oil (20 drops)
Take one cup of white cane sugar. Now add ½ cup jojoba oil or virgin oil to it. Mix them together. In case you are making this scrub for your face, increase the quantity of the oils to one cup.
Now, take lavender oil and tea tree oil. If you are using just one of the oils, add 20 drops to the mixture, while if you are using both the oils, add 10-10 drops of each of them. Stir thoroughly.
How to Apply?
Wet your skin and dab a small amount of scrub on your palm. Now, apply it in a circular motion with your palms or with the help of a washcloth. Rinse it off. You can store the leftover scrub in an airtight container for later use.
Vinegar fights bacteria and helps in the natural elimination of an ingrown hair. Use water (one part) and white vinegar (also one part) and mix them well. Now, soak the affected part of the skin in it for 10-15 minutes and using a warm wet towel, rub the area gently. This will remove the dead skin cells and even eliminate any bacteria that might be contributing to your difficult situation.
If you cannot soak the skin in the mixture directly (for example, your armpit), all you need to do is to immerse a warm towel in vinegar. For the next 10-15 minutes, place it on the irritated area. Repeat the same for about three or four times a day.
Aspirin fights inflammation and exfoliates the skin, which makes it a popular tool for battling ingrown hair. Because it includes salicylic acid (which is a strong exfoliator), it sheds the dead cells.
Things You will Need
- Uncoated tablets of aspirin (3-4)
- For oily skin- water; for dry or normal skin- Jojoba oil
- Take a large bowl made of glass. Pour in hot water. Take ½ teaspoon of Jojoba oil or water (depending on your skin type) and 1 teaspoon of honey and place them in a small bowl. Put this small bowl in the large bowl containing hot water.
- Crush the uncoated tablets of aspirin with the help of a mortar or fork. Remove the small bowl containing the mixture of honey from the hot water. Now, add the crushed aspirin to the mixture and mix them together using a fork. In case the consistency is thick, add some more water or oil.
- Test the mask’s temperature and with the help of your fingertips, apply it all over the area that is affected with ingrown hair. Keep away from eyes. Allow it to sit there for 10 minutes so that it dries. Remove the mask using warm water, pat dry. You can use this mask about one to two times a week.
Look for tweezers specially built to remove ingrown hair if you have only a few difficult hair strands to deal with. Sanitize them first using alcohol. Now, grab the hair and remove only the part that is growing in your skin. Make sure you don’t disturb the root because this will cause further irritation to the hair follicle.