5 Natural Solutions for Ingrown Hairs

12 June, 2020
It's important to treat ingrown hairs correctly if you want to avoid complications such as bacterial infections, or esthetic problems such as darkening of the skin surrounding the affected area.

Anybody can have ingrown hairs at any given time during their lifetime, especially if a person has very curly hair or often skips past the before and after steps when shaving.

Though ingrown hairs are harmless and only appear from time to time they can cause inflammation, reddening and other uncomfortable consequences for the skin.

Fortunately, in order to prevent further complications, there are several natural solutions that can help extract them without too much trouble.

Causes of ingrown hairs

Ingrown hairs form when the hairs, instead of growing straight and outwards, can’t break through the skin barrier. This can occur because of the dead skin build-up over the hair follicle or because the hair itself is too thick and curly.

Other associated factors include:

  • Plucking.
  • Dry shaving.
  • Misuse of hair removal tools or razors.
  • Pulling on skin while shaving.

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Signs of ingrown hairs

Ingrown hairs appear in zones that you shave frequently such as the chin, legs and the pubic region.

The main sign is a small bump that looks similar to a pimple. Inside, it contains the ingrown hair. Other problems that may result from ingrown hairs are the following:

  • Pain or sensitivity
  • Itching sensation
  • Darkening of the skin skin
  • Reddened skin
  • Small pus-filled bumps that look similar to blisters

Natural solutions for extracting ingrown hairs

To extract ingrown hairs, you’ll first need to do the following:

  • Wash the affected area with warm water. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush, massage the area with soft circular movement to alleviate inflammation and pain.
  • Apply a chamomile compress for a few minutes.
  • Take a sterilized needle and insert it under the skin. Carefully lift the end of the ingrown hair.
  • We would recommend stopping shaving, waxing or epilating for a short time, until you notice an improvement.

According to popular belief, you can also use the following natural remedies to treat ingrown hairs.

1. Warm compress

Warm compress

Applying a warm compress over the affected area can soften the tissue surrounding the inflammation, making it easier to extract ingrown hairs.

How can you use it?

  • Submerge a small towel or cloth in hot water and apply it over the ingrown hair.
  • Leave it on for 5 minutes, take it off for another 5 and apply again.
  • Use this treatment several times a day until the hair is close enough to the skin’s surface.

2. Sea salt

This natural exfoliant helps remove dead skin cells on the skin’s surface, reestablishing the original function of the affected hair follicle.

It’s believed that exfoliation can also help to improve blood circulation and encourage hairs grow normally.

How can you use it?

  • Moisten a little sea salt with water and rub it over the affected area with a gentle massage.
  • Leave it on for 5 minutes and wash off.
  • Repeat the remedy every day until the ingrown hair is gone.

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3. Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar

Although this hasn’t been scientifically proven, it’s believed that the organic acids found in apple cider vinegar help reduce the inflammation that results from ingrown hairs.

How can you use it?

  • Submerge a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and apply it over the ingrown hair.
  • Gently press it in and leave it to work for 5 minutes.
  • Take a sterilized needle and gently insert it underneath the ingrown hair. Carefully lift the tip of the hair and extract it with a pair of tweezers.

4. Baking soda

According to popular belief, you can also use baking soda instead of vinegar.

How can you use it?

  • Prepare a paste of baking soda and water. Then, rub it into the affected area.
  • Leave it on for 5 minutes and wash off.
  • Repeat 2 times a day for best results.

5. Black tea

Black tea

Black tea contains tannic acid, which is a substance that softens skin while reducing inflammation and reddening. It’s ideal for removing ingrown hairs.

How can you use it?

  • Submerge a black tea bag in hot water and let it steep.
  • When the water cools, apply it to the affected hair follicle and leave it on for 10 minutes.
  • Repeat 2 or 3 times a day.

See a bump or two on your skin after shaving? If you’re suffering from this issue, don’t think twice about using one of these remedies to treat your ingrown hairs. If you experience any complications, consult your doctor immediately.