Healing Scars From Ingrown Hair

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Healing Scars From Ingrown Hair
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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
  • Lemon
  • Cotton ball
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Rosehip seed oil

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  1. 1

    Avoid picking new ingrown hairs as they grow. Instead, allow the hair to grow out or visit your dermatologist for removal.

  2. 2

    Keep the scarred area out of the sun. According to the University of Utah Healthcare, ultraviolet radiation may darken the scar.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    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.

  6. 6

    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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