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How to avoid and treat ingrown hairs

Ingrown hair is defined as hair that has come out of your skin sideways instead of rising up. There are many reasons why ingrown hair occurs such as dead skin follicles or cutting curly hair too close to the skin. The good news is there are ways to avoid and treat ingrown hairs.

What you should do

If you are one of those people who have ingrown hair, there are ways and methods to avoid and treat ingrown hair. So, how does ingrown hair look like? It looks like a red bump against your skin or a pimple. It can even appear and feel like an awful boil.

  • Symptoms
  • Ingrown hair can be itchy, painful and uncomfortable. There might even be a pus inside your ingrown hair.
  • Where it occurs
  • The most common areas where ingrown hair will grow include chin, cheeks, neck, legs, pubic area, buttocks and armpits.
  • Causes
  • The occurrence of ingrown hair is more likely in people with curly or coarse hair. It usually happens after shaving or waxing. Those with excessive sex hormones are also prone to getting ingrown hair.
  • Preventive measures
  • You can prevent ingrown hairs or reduce its

    occurrence.
  • Massage the affected area to coax ingrown hair out.
  • Use as little strokes as possible when shaving.
  • Wet your face before you shave using a sharp blade/razor.
  • Do not shave too closely to avoid ingrown hair.
  • Follow the direction where your hair is growing when shaving.
  • Use depilatory creams to dissolve hair instead of shaving.
  • Consider laser or electrolysis treatment as permanent hair removal techniques.
  • Treatment

    Ingrown hair as mentioned before can become uncomfortable and even painful. To reduce the side effects of symptoms, your doctor might do the following:

  • 1. prescribe steroids to decrease swelling and inflammation
  • 2. prescribe antibiotics to treat infected areas
  • Retinoid A can also be used to reduce dead skin cells. Unfortunately, these are just methods to relive the side effects of ingrown hair, but there is no real treatment to the condition. The only way to get around it is to fully grow your beard, but for women, this might be a difficult alternative.

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