How to Pop an Ingrown Hair
Here is a set of instructions teaching you how to pop an ingrown hair. Not only are ingrown hairs a nuisance, it can be very painful as well; they occur when hair is broken or cut below the skin. The hair may grow inside of the follicle, instead of out. Ingrown hairs can be caused by tight underwear, dry skin, dull razors and blocked hair follicles. This results in painful bumps that are filled with pus and blood. Ingrown hairs are also referred to as ingrown pimples, ingrown hair bumps, and ingrown pubic hairs. It is not recommended to scratch, squeeze or prick an ingrown hair; this can result in irritation and inflammation.
- Apply a hot cloth or hot compress to the area for a few minutes at a time. This will help to soften the skin, the follicle will open and the hair will break through. Once the hair is visible, use a sterilized tweezers that has been soaked or cleaned with alcohol to pull the hair out, or you can two Q-tips.
- Sit in warm water for 15- 20 minutes. This will soften the skin and allow the follicle to open. Once the hair has surfaced, use a sterilized tweezers to pull hair out.
- Exfoliate the skin with a loofah or body scrub in gentle circular motions; this will remove dead skin cells around ingrown hairs. Scrubbing too hard can result in inflammation, so be sure to be careful.
- Once finished, wash the area with a mild soap and water. Dry the area, and treat with Neosporin, or an anti-septic spray such as Dermoplast. This will help to heal the ingrown hairs, and prevent irritation.
To prevent ingrown hairs, exfoliate regularly, shave in the direction of hair growth using a brand new razor each time you shave, and shaving cream. Apply a salicylic acid acne gel to shaved skin daily. This is also used to prevent razor bumps on the bikini line.