If you like to shave your body hair regularly, you must be well acquainted with those unsightly red bumps that show up a few days later. You must have always wondered how to get rid of ingrown hairs that show up every time you shave. In fact, before even starting with this post, I would go to the extent of saying that the best way to prevent ingrown hairs is to avoid shaving altogether. Ingrown hairs can be super-uncomfortable and are prone to infections. But instead of squeezing or picking at them, there are much more effective and less painful way to get rid of ingrown hairs.
So let’s get into the nitty-gritty of getting rid of ingrown hair at home.
How To Get Rid Of Ingrown Hair
The following methods will tell you how to get rid of ingrown hair on legs and your body, right from preparing the area for removal, as well as how to remove the ingrown hair with a needle.
Exfoliate the area –
Exfoliating the area around the ingrown bump should help to get rid of ingrown hair. Hitting the bump from different directions should do the trick. Use a a mixture of baking soda, raw honey, and nutmeg powder to exfoliate. This mixture helps in reducing inflammation, moisturizing and removing dead cells from the skin. Exoliating will make it easier to get rid of that ingrown hair by bringing the hair to the head.
I would suggest getting your hands on some exfoliating gloves since these will give you a much easier and better exfoliating experience.
Wash the area around the ingrown hair-
Use water and moisturizing soap to wash the area around the ingrown hair bump. Also apply an antiseptic like Dettol to prevent infection on that site. Using an antiseptic drastically reduces the chances of getting an infection.
Apply a warm, moist compress to the area-
Once the tip of the hair shows up, applying a warm compress to the bump to open up the pores and aid in easy ingrown hair removal. Wet a cloth with hot water and wring it out properly. Press the moist cloth against the ingrown hair bump. Once the cloth cools down, wash it under hot water again and repeat the process for a few times.
Applying a warm compress almost always does the trick and will soften and bring out the ingrown hair from the bump. If there is no sign of an ingrown hair, you might want to get this bump checked by a doctor. In most cases it might just be an allergic reaction, but please show it to your doctor in case it’s something more serious.
Using a needle or tweezer for extracting the ingrown hair-
The next step in getting rid of the ingrown hair is using a sterilized needle or even better, a pair of special steel tweezers specifically made for removing ingrown hairs. It is recommended to always sterilize the needle before you use it. You can sterilize the needle by introducing it to a gas-fuelled fire, or by steaming or microwaving. You may also sterilize your needle or tweezers by soaking it in rubbing alcohol between uses. This helps prevent irritation or infection from any bacteria that the blades can be exposed to. Try to raise the hair without squeezing or popping the bump, and then extract it. You might want to do this carefully to avoid breaking off the hair in the middle. Ideally, you would want to bring the ingrown hair out as much as possible before extracting it.
Get a pair of medical gloves if possible to avoid contaminating the needle or tweezers. If the ingrown hair is placed deep in your skin, consult your dermatologist for ingrown hair removal.
Apply some rose water on the bump-
Prepare a mixture using three parts rose water to one part aloe vera, plus equal parts witch hazel and tea tree oil. Keep the mixture in the refrigerator so that the cold liquid quickly brings down any inflammation caused due to removing the ingrown hair. The mixture also prevents scarring when applied immediately after extraction of the ingrown hair. An inflamed bump has a high probability of getting infected, and hence it is recommended that you take these steps to keep inflammation to a minimum.
The above steps will definitely help you get rid of ingrown hairs that show up after shaving or waxing. Now that you know how to get rid of ingrown hair, I would urge you to read on about how to prevent ingrown hairs altogether here. Let us know about your thoughts on this guide on ingrown hair removal in the comments below.