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What are Ingrowing Hairs?

Ingrowing hairs are most common in people with coarse or curly hair. They form when the hair curls and grows backwards or sideways into the skin, causing small bumps or inflammation. Often referred to as shaving rash, these bumps can become painful and sometimes infected, as pus gathers beneath the skin’s surface.

You are most likely to find ingrown hairs in regions where you wax or shave; such as legs, the pubic area, under your arms and facial hair due to shaving. This is because shaving especially cause the hair to be broken of leaving an unnaturally blunt tip to form. However, it is possible to find ingrown hair in any location on the body; especially in areas where you wear tight clothing.

How to prevent Ingrowing Hairs?

Ingrowing hairs can be painful and difficult to get rid of although in some cases they may dislodge and heal on their own. There are several homecare treatments which may help you prevent ingrown hairs but in severe cases it is advisable to visit a skincare professional in order to prevent infection and pain.

Chemical depilatories may reduce the problem, creating flat ends at the follicular opening and as opposed to shaving can be used every few days rather than every day to prevent irritation to the skin. You can also use a hydrocortisone cream to reduce any irritation caused by the chemicals.

Topical creams such as tretinoin can thin out the top layer of skin, lessening dead cell build-up, and reducing the problem of hair embedding into the follicles. If pustules or abscesses form, topical antibiotics will be required and these must be prescribed by your skin specialist.

But by far, the most effective way to deal with ingrown hair is to eliminate the problem altogether, by using laser hair removal. Your skin specialist can offer the best advice for you, on the removal of ingrown hairs.

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