How to Treat Ingrown Hairs that Appear after Shaving

To prevent any infections from appearing, you should definitely make sure to remove the hair with sterilized tweezers. Then, apply a bit of aloe vera gel or musk rose oil to make the area heal more quickly.

You’ve surely suffered from this problem at least once in your life: after shaving, a few days go by, and you start to see a small, painful spot on your body that is all swollen up. This means that you have an ingrown hair, which most people aren’t sure how to treat, and which can be quite bothersome given how painful and unattractive it looks on your legs or armpits.

Sometimes, this inflammation can be a sign of something more serious. If it turns into a cyst, you will have to undergo a small procedure to get rid of the infection.

If you do have to partake in this simple procedure, it will certainly make you focus on preventing these post-shave issues in the future. However, we have put together a list of a few simple homemade remedies that you can use to get rid of ingrown hairs.

We’ll explain what to do and how to improve your post-shave beauty routine.

How can I get rid of an ingrown hair?

The hair that grows on our legs is, without a doubt, one of our most annoying enemies. For women, nothing is more bothersome that our daily anti-hair routine, which aims to get rid of that fuzz by applying wax, laser treatments, or just by shaving.
For men, on the other hand, even though many may be growing out their beards nowadays, many of them also suffer from this problem, so they should also take a second to check out this article and the simple remedies that we have in store.
So, now, the real questions is: Why do ingrown hairs tend to appear?
On occasion, certain hairs, instead of growing naturally from the follicle and protruding out of the skin, get trapped underneath the skin, causing an infection. If the hair continues to grow without being able to break through the surface, this can cause a cyst, which can be dangerous. But is there any way to get rid of these annoying skin bumps?

Of course there is, but it’s no easy task, and you’ll need to pay attention to a few very important hygiene rules:

1. Take a nice, hot shower

Shower with hot water

Hot water opens up your pores, tones up your skin and relaxes this outer layer of the epidermis, making it softer and more permeable, meaning that it will be able to receive the treatment we’re going to apply much more easily. Let the hot water fall on the area where you have the ingrown hair, whether it be on your legs, groin or armpits.

2. Exfoliate gently

Exfoliate with coffee

The next step is very simple. You just need to exfoliate and stimulate the affected area by getting rid of dead skin, but without being too aggressive. Do this delicately, as if you were performing a gentle massage.

You can use an exfoliating glove or a loofah. Or, if you want, you can use a homemade exfoliant, which, as you know, can be very effective. Would you like an example of a good homemade exfoliant?

  • Used coffee grounds.
  • Olive oil and sugar.
  • Sea salt.
  • Oatmeal and honey.

The amount that you’ll need to use will depend on the area that you want to exfoliate, which should be the area where you have the ingrown hair. Generally, you’ll only need about one tablespoon. Then, just apply the exfoliant to your shower glove and give yourself a gentle massage in the spot on your body where you have that bothersome ingrown hair.

3. The best essential oils for ingrown hairs

Essential oils

After you get done taking a hot shower and exfoliating, dry your skin well and use a cotton swab to apply a few drops of the following essential oils:

1. Hamamelis essential oil

Why is this a good choice?

  • Hamamelis oil is perfect for reducing inflammation and infection. It treats the injured tissue, thus reducing the probability of infection in any area with blood or pus.
  • It is a great astringent that is rich in tannins, allowing it to stimulate blood circulation.

How do I prepare this treatment?

Just apply a small drop to the area where you have the ingrown hair and gently massage it into your skin with the cotton swab. Do this two times per day.

2. Tea tree oil

Why is this a good choice?

  • This essential oil is the best natural anti-bacterial agent out there, meaning that it can both reduce infection and dry out that swollen pimple to allow you hair to grow naturally in the future.
  • In just a day’s time, you will see how this oil gets rid of the pain and reduces the swelling caused by ingrown hairs.

How do I prepare this treatment?

It’s really simple, just do the same thing you would do with the hamamelis oil. After taking a hot shower and drying off, just apply one drop of tea tree oil, massaging it into the area with a cotton swab.

If you want to cure your ingrown hair even faster, perform this treatment two times per day. First, apply a warm towel to the affected area, and then wet the area with this anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory essential oil. It will do you a world of good!

4. How to remove an ingrown hair

Circulation in legs

  • Never do it with your hands.
  • Use a set of sharp, disinfected tweezers.
  • Once the pimple is dry and you can clearly see the hair, carefully grab onto it with the the tweezers and remove it.
  • Finally, apply a bit of aloe vera or musk rose oil to the area so that it will dry out and heal faster, and to prevent any infection from occurring.

The most important thing that you can keep in mind when it comes to preventing ingrown hairs is that you should always properly exfoliate your skin before shaving or waxing, as well as after the fact. That way, you will be able to get rid of any dead skin, which will allow your hair to grow naturally.

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