Ingrown hairs can be incredibly painful. Deep ingrown hairs can cause serious infections underneath your skin. They often appear as large, red bumps. Though ingrown hairs can happen anywhere on your body that grows hair, they are most common on the legs, chest, face, underarms and bikini area. If you have course, curly hair, you are more prone to ingrown hairs. Thankfully, you can remove deeply ingrown hairs via a few simple steps. You must, however, be careful when doing so to avoid damaging your skin.
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Things you need
- Antibacterial cleanser
- Body scrub
- Warm water
Cleanse the area using an antibacterial cleanser. This will remove any bacteria or dirt that is further clogging the pores in the area.
Exfoliate the area. Dead skin cells on the surface of your skin contribute to ingrown hairs. If you slough away the dead cells via exfoliation, you can help to release deeply ingrown hairs. Use a body scrub and loofah to exfoliate the area.
Use an alcohol-based toner on your ingrown hair. Alcohol kills bacteria that contributes to ingrown hairs. Apply the toner after a shower as your pores will be clear and better able to respond to it.
Place a hot compress on the ingrown hair. The heat and pressure will help to reduce inflammation. It will also draw the pus out from the ingrown hair. Keep the compress on the area for three to five minutes.
Pull the ingrown hair out with tweezers. Only do this if the tip of the hair is exposed. Do not dig into your skin with tweezers in order to extract the hair.
Squeeze the sides of the ingrown hair gently. When you apply light pressure, the hair may be released through the skin's surface. If it doesn't come out with gentle pressure, apply the hot compress to the area again. Do not apply hard pressure as this can cause your skin to break. If you pick at the bump, it can lead to serious skin damage and scarring.
Wear cotton clothing over the area. Avoid tight, synthetic clothing that traps bacteria next to your skin and worsens the ingrown hair. Instead, choose loosefitting clothing made of natural fibres.
Tips and warnings
- Do not pick or dig into your skin. This can lead to permanent scars.