Home remedies for ingrown hair

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Home remedies for ingrown hair
Home remedies for ingrown hair

If you notice ugly and painful little bumps on your skin after you have got your hair removed by waxing or an electric razor, do not get concerned. They may cause severe pain and irritation but by following easy-to use treatment options, you can ensure that the hair is removed from the follicle effectively without causing any damage to the skin cells. You will be surprised to know that red bumps and the inflammation can be controlled without visiting a clinic and undergoing a series of medical tests. All you need to do is to follow certain remedial measures and apply home-made medicines and solutions for treating ingrown hair.

Easy-to-make and easy-to-use home remedial measures

If you have ingrown hair on your face, remove the hair with tweezers or a scalpel if there is a little bit of hair sticking out. However, clean the area carefully before and after tweezing. In case when you have more than one ingrown hair, do not try to pull ingrown hair as yanking an ingrown hair may cause an infection and lead to scarring, Better still go for home remedial measures and some simple curative steps.

  • First and foremost, try and prevent the ingrown hair from appearing on the surface of the skin by exfoliating the skin with a good lotion before you take a bath. Exfoliation is the most easy to use home remedy for preventing the ingrown hair from appearing. Use of a spongy loofah will help in removing the dead skin cells and avert the red bumps from appearing. Skin irritation and itching will also go away with the help of a good lotion that has exfoliating, moisturizing and nourishing properties. However, do take proper care to scrub the body softly so that the abrasion does not hurt the skin.
  • Although body scrubs are easily available in the market at different price range, do not opt for cheap body scrubbers and massage creams as they may have abrasive ingredients. If you do not want to go for pricey cleaners and body scrubs, you can make one at home at minimal cost. Preparing a home scrub with all natural ingredients is the best home remedy to prevent ingrown hair. Make a scrub by whipping a teaspoon of baking soda with liquid soap. Apply this mixture on the affected area and then rinse off. A home-made scrub of sugar and liquid soap is also effective in treating red bumps.
  • Use of witch hazel post shaving or waxing will also help in preventing the hair from growing back into the skin. Witch hazel is easily available in any drug store or health food store. It is one of the most commonly used home remedial measures for treating ingrown hair. Keep the affected skin cells clean by applying antiseptic cream and offset the growth of hair back into the skin.
  • After shaving, you can also apply a mixture of two aspirin crushed in water on the affected area.
  • You can also get rid of the ingrown hair and treat the itchiness by applying a mixture of milk and cucumber. Mix the mixture and store it in the refrigerator for some time till it becomes cold. Soak a cloth in the mixture and then apply it for a few minutes to the affected area and then wash off. This home remedial measure will help in treating the irritation and itchiness and offer comfort.
  • Before shaving or waxing, it is important to soften the hair so that hair can be pulled easily from the follicles. For softening the skin, apply a mixture of honey or cold milk to the site of ingrown hair, before sleeping at night. Honey acts as an antibiotic and prevents rashes and redness.
  • Use aloe tea tree gel for treating ingrown hair as it has anti-inflammatory properties and has calm and soothing effect on the skin. It is especially recommended after waxing to prevent red bumps from appearing.
  • Apply a mixture of 50ml aloe vera gel soaked and tea tree essential oil and massage in on the waxed areas for stopping irritation and burning sensation.
  • A homemade cleanser made with almond leaves, a few drops of essential oil of your choice and brown sugar is gentle on the skin and thus good to use for removing dead skin cells.
  • Epsom salt has good exfoliating properties and thus an excellent home remedy for treating ingrown hair on legs and on the bikini line. Apply in on the affected area in circular motion and then rinse off with cold water.

Follow these simple yet effective home remedial measures and tips to treat ingrown hair and get smoother skin while saving money too.