Have you ever seen strange outgrowth over the skin surface? Those aren’t pimples or hives. They are an ingrown hair. They are the hair curled around inside the skin instead of growing outwards through the skin. According to the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System, ingrown hair is often found to appear among the African community or the people with curly hair. Ingrown hair is found as a result of shaving, frequent waxing and using different methods for hair removal. They can also seem to occur due to dead skin that causes hair follicles to clog up and grow inwards. This problem is also called razor bumps.
Ingrown hairs are responsible for producing pimple-like raised, swollen bump that causes pain, swelling, inflammation and irritation. Sometimes the bump contains pus inside it. While this problem is annoying to deal with, yet not serious enough to run straight to the dermatologist. You must try some of the natural remedies at home to release the pain instantly!
Ingrown hair is annoying and plague to all of us. It’s usually hard to get rid of the coarse hair but doesn’t worry it surely not IMPOSSIBLE!
· Gently remove the hair yourself!
Try this method for gentle removal of ingrown hair. Use a clean soaked washcloth in hot water. To soften the ingrown hair, press that washcloth against affected area for few minutes. This must bring the ingrown hair over the skin surface. Use sterilized needle/tweezers to gently force the embedded end of the hair towards outside. Repeat the process if you fail to remove the ingrown hair. Wash the affected area with the help of moisturizing soap and warm water.
- Use Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that assist the skin in healing the affected skin.
Mix 5 drops of tea tree oil to two tablespoons of water. Apply this solution to the affected skin. Leave it for few minutes and wash the skin with warm water. Follow this process twice a day.
Mix 2-3 drops of tea tree oil in one tablespoon of olive oil. Rub the mixture on affected skin area for few minutes. Leave it for 10 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water. Repeat it twice a day.
- Apply Black Tea Bags
Black tea bags help to remove the ingrown hair. Tannic acid, responsible for reducing inflammation and redness is present in black tea due to which it assists in providing soothe and freshness to the skin.
Take the wet tea bag soaked in warm water. Rub the tea bag over the affected area for 2-3 minutes. Repeat this process several times a daily.
- Use Salt
Salt acts as the exfoliating agent that helps in increasing blood circulation, promote the healing process and reduce inflammation. Avoid this remedy if your skin gets irritated.
Add one and half spoon of table salt in one cup of lukewarm water. Soak cotton in the mixture and rub it over the affected skin. Leave it for few minutes and rinse it off. For better results, repeat it twice a day.
- Apply home-made Sugar Scrub
Sugar is an impressive skin scrub that helps to remove ingrown hair. It cleans off the skin by removing dead cells and helps the hair to come out of the affected skin area. Sugar scrub makes the skin smooth and silky.
Add one cup of white sugar and one-half cup of olive oil (extra-virgin). Add 10 drops each of tea tree oil and lavender essential oil to the mixture. This will produce home-made scrub that will help to improve the affected skin very fast. Rub the skin gently with the scrub for few minutes and afterward rinse the skin with lukewarm water. Apply this scrub to the skin twice a week.
- Use of Baking Soda
Baking Soda, is an anti-inflammatory agent, known for providing a soothing effect to the skin. Also, it helps to relieve itching by cleaning off the bumps and redness caused by inflammation.
Mix one tablespoon of baking Soda in a cup of water. Soak a cotton ball in the solution and apply it on the skin. Leave it on the skin for few minutes and rinse it off with water. One can make a homemade scrub with the use of one teaspoon each of water, baking soda and ground oatmeal. This will make a scrub paste for the better and fresh skin deprived of bumps and redness.
To get quickly rid of the ingrown hair, repeat the process twice or thrice a day.
For the sensitive skin do not use aspirin for the affected area. Redness and inflammation are the most common symptoms of ingrown hair, and aspirin deals with them. The offending hair are removed by the help of salicylic acid in the aspirin scrub from the dead skin cells.
Dip two aspirin tablets in one teaspoon of lukewarm water until it forms a paste. Add one teaspoon of honey to this paste. Gently rub the paste to the affected area and leave it for few minutes. Wash the skin with lukewarm water and dry it. Repeat the process until you get rid of ingrown hair.
- Apply Heat
Apply heat to the tip of the hair for making it soft and smooth and open up the pores to brighten the skin. Rub the skin with hot water cloth on the affected skin for few minutes.
- Free the Trapped Hair
Take a clean and sharp tool for the eradication of ingrown hair. Tweezers will extract the entire hair off the skin and only strong tweezers can make it possible.
- Herbal Remedy – Aloe Vera
This herbal remedy is a passive ingredient effective to remove ingrown hair. Aloe Vera soothes the skin and releases redness, inflammation, and itching. It cures the skin fast and also heals the burning sensation.
Rub Aloe Vera gel over the affected area and leave it for 30 minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water. For better results, follow the method twice a day.
- Witch Hazel
This is known as the effective remedy against ingrown hair. Apply the cotton ball dipped with the hazel extract over the affected skin. Witch Hazel is a natural astringent, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory agent that deals with the cause effectively.
- Squeeze some Lemon Juice
Lemon Juice can also be used to prevent ingrown hair. Apply lemon juice over the affected area and leave it there till it dries off. Later on, wash it with lukewarm water.
Do not use this method if you have a sensitive skin as it may cause skin reactions.
- Potato Peel
It is one of the best methods to bring the ingrown hair to the skin surface. Potato peel contains antioxidant properties. Use the fleshy inner side of a peeled potato and cover the affected area with it. Leave it for almost a day. For better results, try this method regularly.
Always try to get the problem solved through natural ways and remedies, as they are considered as the most painless and affordable way to release any pain!