An ingrown hair is a hair that has changed its direction and gone inwards. Generally, ingrown hairs occur in people with curly hair, but everyone will be faced with them at some time. People who shave regularly are more prone to develop ingrown hairs than others.
For some people, ingrown hair can become inflamed, turning into red bumps or even pustules. The good news is that there are some instructions that you can follow to get rid of ingrown hairs safely and keep them from coming back.
1. Exfoliate the affected area twice a day. This will help to remove dead skin cells, dirt, and oils that might be trapping the ingrown hair. Use a good quality product to exfoliate your skin and it is recommended to consider a product that contains a moisturizing substance. Or you can use an effective natural remedy to exfoliate your skin.
Make a mixture of baking soda, raw honey, and nutmeg powder as this mixture will remove dead skin cell and decrease inflammation as well as honey is a moisturizing agent that will keep the area from over drying. This helps bring the hair to the head.
2. Once you see the tip of the hair, apply a warm, moist compress to the skin as this will soften the skin and open up skin pores to help the hair come out smoother. Wet a washcloth with hot water, wring it out, and press it onto the affected area for about 10 minutes.
3. Now, you can use a clean, sharp tool to extract the ingrown hair. It is a good choice to pick a pointed-tip pair of tweezers and soak them in rubbing alcohol before using them to prevent an irritation or infection. Now, you need to get the entire hair without breaking it off at the skin, so wait until the hair has some length beyond the skin, and remove it with strong tweezers.
4. After finishing this process, your skin is likely inflamed so you should use a product to bring down the inflammation. You can prepare a natural treatment by adding three parts rose water to one part aloe vera, plus equal parts tea tree oil and witch hazel. Put the mixture in the refrigerator until it is completely cold, and then apply it on the affected area to bring down any inflammation.