Weed Out Ingrown Hair With These 10 Tips

Ingrown Hair Removal Made Easy With These 10 Tips

Threading, shaving or waxing, there is one thing common in all these three process of removing hair – ingrown hair.

Firstly, what is ingrown hair? And how do we go about removing ingrown hair? Ingrown hair is hair that has curled back into itself, instead of growing outward like normal hair does. Although not a serious problem, they are irritating and disturb the even smoothness of your skin. Ingrown hair presents as small, inflamed bumps. It can cause redness, inflammation, swelling, pain and irritation in that area.

How To Remove Ingrown Hair At Home

1. Needles, Tweezers or Epilators: Sterilise the needles or tweezers, then use a warm compress to bring the hair to the surface. Make sure that the ingrown hair is coming out before you gently coax it out. Don’t pluck, pull or tug. Take your time. You can also try a Braun epilator – the rolling motion of the machine ensures the hair is removed gently.

Epilators and tweezers are also used to remove facial hair. If you find tweezing or epilating to be very painful, you can also try waxing facial hair. Waxing uproots your hair and hence the frequency with which you will need to do facial hair removal procedures will decrease considerably!

2. Warm Water:  Before using the needles or the tweezers, wash the area with warm water. Apply an antiseptic to be on the safe side. Avoid wearing tight clothes in that area.

3. Warm Compress: As mentioned earlier, you need to use a warm and moist compress to soften the hair and bring it closer to the skin’s surface. Simply wet your washcloth with warm water and press it against the area in question. If the cloth goes cold, dip it in warm water again.

4. Egg Membrane: Crack the egg and set aside its contents. Gently peel the transparent membrane from the shell. Apply it to the affected area and leave it until it shrinks and dries. Peel it off in a swift motion – the hair should come out with it.

5. Acne Medication: Sometimes the bumps caused by ingrown hair are filled with pus and they are very similar to pimples. Apply salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide several times a day for a few days. Combine this with daily exfoliation – when the swollen bump goes down, the hair is easily visible for removal. You can substitute acne medicine with toothpaste if you don’t have any on hand.

6. Warm Milk and Bread: Sounds more like a night-time snack? Not necessarily. This ingrown hair solution requires you to warm a small amount of milk. Then, dip a slice of bread into it. Place on the ingrown hair or the bumps and let it rest until it cools. Repeat this for ten minutes until you see the hair – then use the needle to coax the hair out.

7. Black Tea Bags: Black tea is rich with tannic acid, which works to reduce redness and inflammation of the bumps and calms the skin. Wet the back tea bag in warm water, remove it and rub over the affected area. Do this several times a day.

8. Tea Tree Oil: This tip is extremely effective if the bumps are inflamed or filled with pus. Tea Tree Oil has incredible anti-bacterial, anti-septic and anti-inflammatory properties that soothe the skin and prevent infection. Mix 5 drops of tea tree oil with 2 tablespoon of distilled water. Cleanse the area with anti-bacterial soap and then rub this solution onto it. Leave it for 10 minutes before washing it off. Do this twice a day.

9. Sterilize Your Tools: Clean the needles or tweezers by either boiling them in water or by using alcohol.

10. Exfoliate: We’ve saved the most important tip for the last – exfoliation removes dead cells, skin and dirt that might be trapping the ingrown hair from growing out. Massage the affected area from different directions to tease it out. Don’t get impatient and rub harder, just exfoliate that area gently and for a longer period of time. For natural exfoliation, sugar and salt are your best bet.

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Just remember to be careful and not get impatient. The removal of ingrown hair takes a while, but is well worth it. And for the smoothest shave, try out Gillette Venus, which gives you the cleanest and closest shave. 

Also, check out some important pros and cons of waxing facial hair here at our blog.

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