Everybody gets them, but not everyone knows how to treat ingrown hairs. Often caused by shaving, ingrown hairs occur when hair grows back into the skin or gets trapped beneath the skin. Ingrown hairs are not only extremely painful, but can cause horrible blemishes as well. Ingrown hairs can be prevented by implementing a few easy steps such as regularly exfoliating the face, changing out dull razor blades more frequently and by not shaving too close to the face. Here are some tips on how to treat ingrown hairs:
What You Will Need:
- Hot compress
- Rubbing alcohol
- Facial cleanser with Salicylic Acid
How to Get Rid of an Ingrown Hair:
Treat it like a pimple
Often, they can appear to be a pimple and the regimen for treatment is similar for both maladies. First and foremost, it is very important not to pick at or squeeze the ingrown hair. This could spread infection and will only make the ingrown hair more painful and unsightly. Instead, apply a hot compress to the area to try to raise the ingrown hair to the surface.
Tweeze it out
Once the ingrown hair has risen to the surface, try to removed it with tweezers that have been sterilized with rubbing alcohol. It is very important only to remove the part of the hair that is ingrown. Do not pluck the entire hair from the follicle because then it is likely to become ingrown again. Apply a product with Salicylic Acid to the area to eliminate any lingering redness and swelling.
Dealing with an infected ingrown hair
If not treated immediately, ingrown hairs can easily become infected. If the area around the hair becomes extremely inflamed and filled with pus, the ingrown hair has become infected. Apply the hot compress as you normally would, but, when infection occurs, the hair cannot always be removed immediately because it has been covered by swelling and pus. Again, do NOT squeeze or pick at the infected area as this will only make the infection worse. Sterilize the area around the ingrown hair as well as a needle with rubbing alcohol. Prick the center of the pustule once, making a small hole for the pus to escape from. Now, with tissue covering your fingers, gently apply pressure to the pustule. Cease applying pressure when blood or clear liquid, also known as plasma, is excreting from the pustule rather than pus. Now, try to remove the ingrown hair with tweezers. Apply a product with Salicylic Acid to reduce redness and prevent infection from reoccurring.