Ingrown hair is caused by hair growing at an angle and deep back into the skin instead of outward. This may happen naturally, but is also caused when the skin is shaved too closely or by tight-fitting clothing. Ingrown hair causes discomfort like rash and itch where the hair is embedded, even if there is no infection of the hair follicle. When the follicle is infected there can be localised inflammation and redness (razor bump) and pus may be collected in the area of the ingrown hair. Sometimes the infected area is painful. Avoid or even eliminate the discomforts of ingrown hair with a few home remedies.
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Things you need
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup honey
- 3 tsp cornstarch
- Wooden craft stick
- Muslin cloth
Pour lemon juice into a microwave-safe bowl. Stir in the sugar, honey and cornstarch. Microwave the mixture for 2 minutes, and then stir mixture again until thoroughly mixed. Set mixture aside and let it cool down to a temperature bearable enough for your skin.
Dust some cornstarch around the infected area around the ingrown hair. This serves to absorb oil from the skin surface.
Spread some of the cooled mixture to the area using a wooden craft stick. Leave on skin for 20 to 30 minutes.
Wash it off with warm water. Repeat this application every 3 days, until it is healed.
Use the same mask to remove the ingrown hair–if you are brave enough. Do not do this if the area is inflamed or infected.
Dust some cornstarch around the infected area around the ingrown hair. Spread some of the homemade scrub to the area using a wooden craft stick.
Press a small strip of muslin cloth into the scrub, over the ingrown hair. Leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the mask has dried.
Pull the strip of cloth rapidly away from your skin, pulling in the opposite direction to the growth of the ingrown hair.
Tips and warnings
- You can substitute 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar for the lemon juice. In this case, add it to the bowl AFTER you microwave the other ingredients.
- If there is no improvement, and the ingrown hair is infected and inflamed, consult with a dermatologist.