Ingrown hairs are unpleasant, embarrassing as well as painful. The most annoying factor about these little devils is the fact that they have a tendency of showing up in the most unexpected yet sensitive spots.
What are ingrown hairs?
Have you seen strange looking bumps springing up on your face, armpit and other hairy parts of the body? Well, those are not your regular pimples, and they are not hives either; they are ingrown hairs. Ingrown hairs are also commonly referred to as razor bumps; they occur when instead of the hair growing outwards and coming through the skin as it is supposed to, it curls around and grows back into the skin.
How does ingrown hair look like and how do you know you have one?
Any person, male or female can suffer from ingrown hairs. Knowing what an ingrown hair looks like and if you have one is in your best interest since you will be able to prevent ingrown hairs. Ingrown hairs cause skin irritation inflammation and produce red bumps that might be mistaken for pimples. Sometimes, ingrown hairs can be painless, or they can be unbearable boil like sores.
Ingrown hairs in women have a tendency of showing up on legs, underarms and along bikini lines. On the other hand, ingrown hairs in men tend to spring up on the chin especially after shaving.
It would be unfortunate if you suffered from ingrown hairs. Therefore, it is imperative to learn and understand what ingrown hair are, causes of these pesky bumps and the best way to prevent ingrown hairs.
Causes of ingrown hairs.
People with lighter skin complexion, very curly or thick hair, are more susceptible to ingrown hairs. Coarse hair is more likely to cause ingrown hairs especially after cutting or shaving.
Waxing, shaving and epilating are also common causes of ingrown hairs. When you cut your hair too close to the skin surface, the hair is left with sharp edges which make it easier for the hair to grow back into the same hair follicle and cause ingrown hair. Epilating and waxing, on the other hand, work differently. The epilating and waxing process is performed quickly and forcefully which is highly likely to damage the follicle. And when the follicle is damaged, any new hair growing through the same follicle will probably curl inside and result in ingrown hair.
How to prevent ingrown hairs.
There are several techniques and practices you can employ to help you stay smooth and say goodbye to ingrown hairs.
1. Prep before shaving.
The night before a shave, oil your hair or use anything else that will help add hydration and assist the razor in sliding smoothly over hair. Also, make sure you use a lubricant to make the hair pliant and bolster the skin against the razor.
2. Treat your skin after shaving.
If you want to prevent those damned ingrown hairs, make sure you pamper your skin after a shave. Rinsing and treating the skin afterward tightens the skin pores hence creating a smooth path for new hair and preventing ingrown hairs. Always rinse with warm water and use a treatment that has antibacterial properties which will help kill bacteria and prevent cellular damage, inflammation, redness or dryness.