Ingrown hairs are painful, itchy and often leave scars if they are not left alone. An ingrown hair occurs when the tip of a curled hair penetrates the skin, making it look like the hair is actually growing under the skin. The ingrown hair causes redness, puffiness and typically looks like a pimple filled with pus. Scarring occurs when the individual picks at or attempts to remove the ingrown hairs. Heal and fade scars from ingrown hairs with a few different techniques.
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Things you need
- Scar fading ointment
- Cotton ball
- Lavender essential oil
- Rosehip seed oil
Avoid picking new ingrown hairs as they grow. Instead, allow the hair to grow out or visit your dermatologist for removal.
Keep the scarred area out of the sun. According to the University of Utah Healthcare, ultraviolet radiation may darken the scar.
Use an over-the-counter scar fading ointment such as Mederma or New-Skin. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions when applying the ointment or cream.
Cut a lemon and squeeze some of the juice onto a cotton ball. Dab the scarred area lightly with lemon juice once daily. Lemon juice is a natural lightener that stimulates cell growth.
Mix together ten drops of lavender essential oil and 25ml of rosehip seed oil. Rub the oil mixture over the scarred area twice a day to help heal and fade the scar.
Visit a dermatologist to receive dermabrasion, a procedure that uses an electrical machine that removes the top layers of skin.
Tips and warnings
- Prevent ingrown hairs by shaving in the direction of hair growth, washing the area daily and using an exfoliating scrub or loofah to slough off dead skin cells.
- Before using any treatment, consult your dermatologist.
- Do not use any of these treatments on active ingrown hairs. These methods are for scars only, not the prevention or treatment of ingrown hairs.
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