No one likes to deal with an ingrown hair. Even worse, no one likes having multiple ingrown hairs all over your face and body. This condition can be absolutely painful and downright embarrassing to deal with. Some people may even think that you have zero regards for cleanliness or things of that nature if you’re sporting a visible ingrown hair. The good news is that there are things thing you can do in order to get rid of these hair bumps.
But first, let me start by sharing a description of what this is before I start discussing how to cure the condition. For those that aren’t familiar with this condition, ingrown hairs are commonly referred to as razor bumps. Guess what, they hurt like crazy and they are not very appealing. These bumps form as a result of shaving. When you shave and hair becomes trapped within the follicle, the result is an ingrown hair. What happens is the hair becomes trapped and because this happens, it grows under the surface of the skin. These ingrown hairs can become very painful and difficult to get rid of if not treated properly.
The presence of these hairs grown under the skin often results in swollen skin, redness, and some even cause scars to form if the condition is present long enough and its bad enough.
The medical terminology for an ingrown hair is PFB aka Pseudofolliculitis Barbae. If you’re looking to resolve things and clear your skin up from these issues, then you’ll want to keep reading. The following steps/instructions will guide you into removing any ingrown hair growth. Before I share the details, I want you to know that this is something that can take days, even weeks to clear up. The good news is that there’s hope for you if this is a chronic issue you’ve been dealing with.
Necessary Steps To Clear Up Ingrown Hairs
There are very specific steps that you must take if you wish to rid your body of any hair bumps or PFB or however you’d like to refer to it. You’ll need to be diligent and follow the process exactly if you wish to clear things up and keep those ingrown hairs away for good.
There are specific ingredients that you’re going to want to incorporate into your daily routine to clear things up. Treating ingrown hair issues is commonly done by incorporating products containing salicylic acid. This ingredient is known for being able to improve the appearance of hair bumps.
This isn’t just any old ingredient either. It’s one that’s considered to be a highly graded ingredient used in many skin care products. The ingredient helps to exfoliate your skin, moisturize the area, clear your pore and reduce the chances of bacterial infection occurring. The key here is the apply the salicylic acid containing product after you’ve shaved any applicable area. You want to apply it post shaving to ensure that the product remains on your skin for the duration of the day.
Another important thing to remember is that you always use a non-acnegenic shaving cream when shaving. This means that the product is specifically formulated to not cause acne breakouts to occur. You’ll want to make sure that the shaving cream, gel, or lotion that you’re using contains lubricants as well. Stay away from the foam shaving creams when possible. They cause too much irritation for consumers.
You’ll want to make sure that you’re using a product that does not contain any alcohol. It’s extremely common for products containing alcohol to make your ingrown hair situation much worse, so avoid them at all costs. The reason they make them worse is due to the closing of the pores and the over drying of the skin.
Focus On The Surface
One thing that people tend to do is focus on the surface of their skin. They think that taking some magical pill or spa treatment is the end all be all cure. Well, not when it comes to getting rid of ingrown hairs. Instead, you’ll want to be sure to focus on the surface of your skin through technique and effort.
In other words, be sure to exfoliate daily to reduce the presence of these razor bumps. You’ll want to find a scrub that’s sensitive enough for your face that contains salicylic acid as well as glycolic acid. Additionally, you’ll want to use a brush on your skin that’s soft enough to not cause too much damage to the surface of your skin.
Use this brush injunction with a cleanser and work the cleanser into your skin in a circular motion. This will help open things up and hopefully loosen the ingrown hairs. At the same time, it will clear up your follicles and remove dead cells built up on your skin.
Adjust Your Technique
It’s entirely possible that your technique is what’s causing razor bumps to form. Most of the time, ingrown hairs show up because the stubs of the hair have been cut below the surface of the skin. As a result, they end up growing inward or even slightly sideways under the skin.
In order to avoid this type of thing from happening, you’ll want to refrain from pulling on your skin when shaving. The pulling causes your skin to tighten and more often than not, it causes hairs to grow inward or underneath. It’s also important to remember to not shave against the grain and to always use a single razor blade for best results. It’s important that you not sway away from this technique because one wrong move will cause issues to occur.
Treat Them Quickly
Should you have any ingrown hairs develop, you’ll want to treat them immediately by extracting the hairs with tweezers. You won’t want to pull it out completely, just pull the hair out enough so that it grows above the surface of the skin. If you find that the area is red and swollen, then you’ll want to apply a product that contains allantoin and azulene to treat the area.
These simple tips and steps should help prevent ingrown hairs from forming. They should also make it that much easier for you to treat them should they appear.