Ingrown hair after hair removal
Epilation is a procedure that allows not only permanently getting rid of body hair (by destroying their roots), but slow down their further growth. Those people who already once tried this procedure on themselves, note its visible advantages - compared to depilation. However, sometimes appearing ingrown hairs after epilation can cause significant discomfort.
Why grow in?
One of the most important disadvantages of hair removal is considered increased hair growth - some time after its holding. There are many reasons that contribute to their appearance.
Genetic reasons imply a too dense layer of the epidermis, through which the hair weakened after the procedure cannot break out. Because of this, it begins to grow under the upper layer of the epidermis, and not above it. Another reason from this category is a sharp change in hormonal levels. This usually occurs during treatment with hormonal drugs, as well as in the first half of the menstrual cycle.
The second category of reasons is mechanical. Among them are:
- Serious damage to the hair canals. This is due to improper hair removal - against their growth. Epilation must be carried out in the direction of vegetation growth.
- Excessive fascination with scrubs leads to a natural thickening of the upper layer of the skin, through which it will be very difficult for the hairs to break out later. This is especially true for those who regularly remove facial hair.
- Injuries to the surface of the epidermis are the cause of scarring of the hair tubule, which leads to the ingrowth of hairs.
- Ingrown hair appear after shaving when a blunt-edged machine was used (or shaving was done in the wrong direction).
- Strongly affects the appearance of this trouble (especially in the bikini area) clothing selection. Too narrow underwear and leggings disrupt the blood flow, pull the hair channels, and the result is ingrown hairs.
The overgrown vegetation on the legs and in the bikini area causes a lot of inconvenience.
Such hairs spoil the look, cause itching, and sometimes burning. It is worthwhile to understand that this problem may appear even with you when performing the most expensive laser hair removal in an elite salon. The same applies to the removal of vegetation with an epilator at home.
Some women often ignore the appearance of this problem, because they do not understand why it is dangerous.
Why are ingrown hairs dangerous?
Vegetation on the body, which can not break through the upper layer of the epidermis to the outside, is dangerous in that:
- There is a focus of inflammation, in which pus appears.
- Several ingrown nearby hairs can be combined into one common focus of inflammation.
- In severe cases not only pain, itching, but also temperature rises.
- With untimely treatment in place of the abscesses, scars and scars can form, which can only be removed surgically.
Such seemingly completely harmless ingrown hairs can cause serious and dangerous consequences for health - if the treatment is rendered untimely or not at all.
In advanced cases, only an experienced dermatologist can cope with such a problem. The specialist will succeed not only in eliminating such inflammation, but also in eliminating its consequences.
Do not forget about such consequences as increased itching, burning and deteriorating skin appearance every day. Therefore, it is very important at the very first stages of the appearance of ingrown hairs not only to eliminate them, but to continue to try to prevent their reappearance.
How to get rid?
It’s worth mentioning right away that there is no universal way to get rid of overgrown vegetation that would suit everyone and in any case. You can deal with this problem, but it will take a lot of time and patience. The struggle is not only to eliminate already grown hair, but also to prevent their reappearance. And all options are divided into two types:
- Self getting rid of ingrown hairs at home.
- Visit specialist.
If you decide to use the first option, then first you have to stock up on everything you need.
It will take hot water, and even better - decoction of calendula or chamomile. You will need to prepare an antiseptic, a towel, a sterile needle and tweezers, alcohol, antibacterial wipes and patience. For a problem area of the skin, apply a towel moistened with hot liquid for 2-4 minutes. Then the skin is rubbed with an antiseptic, and the hairs are gently poked with a needle and pulled out with tweezers. After the procedure, the epidermis is wiped with alcohol.
If there is no pustular inflammation at the site of ingrowth, then before the start of the procedure, you can well scrape the body. In some cases, the ingrown hairs disappear on their own. For this, it is necessary to refuse epilation and depilation for several days, and use soft peeling every other day.
You can deal with this problem with pharmacy tools. Which ones are more effective will be described below. A specific tool in any case should be selected by a specialist.
When visiting a specialist, the problem can be solved in two ways: by manual removal of the ingrown hairs or by chemical peeling. The specific choice of product will directly depend on the condition of the skin and how much hair has grown.
What to do to not grow?
As in any other cases, preventing a problem is much easier than fighting it later. There are a few simple general rules that can help prevent the appearance of ingrown hairs:
- Before the procedure to remove excess vegetation from the body, it is recommended to take a hot bath or shower, as well as use a scrub or hard peeling. This will help soften the epidermis and release the hairs on its surface.
- While on the skin there will be redness (especially in the bikini area), it is not recommended to visit tanning salons, swim in open water, and sexual contact should be avoided in the first three days after the procedure.
- Epidermis in the most sensitive areas it is recommended to treat with "Chlorhexidine" once a day. This will allow you to easily and painlessly exfoliate dead cells and partially replace chemical peeling.
- Specialists do not advise wear synthetic, too tight clothing (especially underwear) for the first three days after removing excess vegetation.
These are general recommendations, the observance of which will avoid such troubles as the appearance of ingrown hair.
But for each type of hair removal, there are also tips. Prevention of the appearance of ingrown hair with their help will become simple and easy.
How to epilate?
Before the actual hair removal procedure, it is recommended to take a hot bath and light peeling. Any hair removal is necessary only for hair growth. Otherwise, further growth of hairs will be very difficult to avoid. After removing the vegetation, a light peeling is recommended. This is necessary to remove residual wax or other products from the surface of the skin.
After the procedure, it is imperative to soften and moisturize the skin with a nourishing or moisturizing gel or cream.
It is best to use cosmetics that do not include natural base or essential oils. In the future, use the scrub is not more than twice every 10 days. Owners of sensitive skin should carry out this procedure as little as possible - so that the skin has time to recover.
If these simple tips do not help to cope with the problem, ingrown hairs appear regularly, then you need to consult a specialist (about changing the type of hair removal).
How to shave?
If you prefer depilation (for example, using a razor or special cream), then you need to remember the following nuances:
- Pick time for depilation, it is necessary taking into account your skin type, as well as taking into account the manufacturer's recommendations.
- Must be strictly monitored after the exposure time of the product on the skin. Even if after the indicated period the result does not satisfy you 100%, you should not increase the exposure time yourself.
- Wash off residues skin products should only be clean and cool water, without any detergents.
- Should always be used special cream after depilation. It will help soften and moisturize the epidermis. It is advisable to purchase this product from the same series as the depilation cream itself.
For those who prefer to use a razor, you can recommend the following:
- Try every time Use only new shaving razors. If they were already in use, then before depilation it is recommended to disinfect them.
- Be sure to use gels or shaving foams. This will soften the skin and facilitate the shaving process.
- Movement - in the direction of hair growth.
- Not worth it too tighten the skin and press on the machine itself. This will not improve the quality of the shave, but the risk of injury in this case is seriously increased.
- Directly Before shaving, it is recommended to take a cool shower with a scrub. Hot water in this case is not very suitable. It can too much steam the skin, and in the future, the machine will remove the hair unevenly.
- After the procedure Depilation must be thoroughly rinsed with warm water, wipe it dry and lubricated with any product intended for skin care after shaving.
- During the first day Do not wear too tight synthetic clothing.
- Use a scrub after such depilation is better every three days.
To significantly enhance the effectiveness, you can use special tools that are designed to combat ingrown hairs.
Not only get rid of already ingrown hair, but also some special medications can help prevent their appearance. On the shelves of pharmacies and shops you can see products designed specifically for combating ingrown hairs: ointments, scrubs, peels and gels (for example, "Ingrow Go").
This is a special lotion that not only helps fight ingrown hair, but also actively removes irritation after epilation or depilation. This tool is applied to the necessary areas twice a day, in a small amount and using a cotton pad. As practice shows, two or three days is usually quite enough to completely eliminate irritation and overgrown vegetation.
It is not at all necessary to spend money on these expensive drugs; it is quite possible to get by with their cheaper (but no less effective) counterparts.
For example, ichthyol ointment, the well-known "Levomekol", can not only relieve irritation. They actively help the skin recover after the removal of vegetation, quickly heal abrasions, cuts, and also have a good antimicrobial and antibacterial effect.
Hydrocortisone ointment differs in a similar spectrum of exposure. Such drugs as Tretinoin, Kalo Spray and Tend Skin have proven to be quite good. Using such tools (focusing on instructions), you can not only get rid of this problem, but also improve the condition of the skin.
A cream with an eflornithine hydrochloride content of 13% also received good reviews. It soothes the skin, restores its surface, and when used for longer than 30 days, prevents the appearance of ingrown hairs.
Spray based on salicylic acid can act as a chemical peeling, safe for the skin. It exfoliates dead skin particles from the surface of the epidermis, and also softens its upper layer. This helps the hair break through to the surface, and also abscesses heal.
Natural jojoba oil or tea tree essential oil effectively help in the fight against this trouble. They soften the epidermis, relieve inflammation and help eliminate even very hairy hairs that have grown into the skin.
A very important role in the fight against ingrown hairs and the prevention of their appearance is played by scrubs and peels. These funds help to raise hairs above the skin, exfoliate dead cells, and most importantly - slightly reduce the thickness of the upper layer of the epidermis. You can use any store body scrub, but scrubs made at home from improvised tools are considered the most effective and useful.
Ground coffee scrub is considered the simplest and most effective.
It consists only of thick sleeping freshly brewed coffee. Peeling with its use can be carried out both before epilation or depilation, and after them.
A scrub based on sea salt has not only a good exfoliating effect. It also has antibacterial properties. To prepare it, use a glass of sea salt and a third of a glass of any basic natural oil - for example, olive or linseed. The mixture is used as a regular body scrub.
Folk remedies against ingrown hair
Traditional medicine, too, could not ignore this problem. To combat ingrown hairs, you can resort to the following tips:
- Use aloe leaves. A day before use, this part of the plant must be removed in the refrigerator. Before use - finely chop or squeeze one juice. The resulting mask is applied in the form of compresses to problem areas - for 15-45 minutes, twice a day.
- Baked onion small sizes need to be cut in half and with a cut to bandage to the problem area of the skin. The dressing should be either refreshed every 5 hours, or left if possible for the whole night.
- Fine disinfectant, restoring ointment, helping to fight ingrown hairs, it is prepared from equal parts of fresh chopped onions and liquid honey. With this ointment, the skin is lubricated three times a day.
These simple recipes will help get rid of ingrown hair if used regularly.
Usually, reviews about the means of combating ingrown hair are positive, but everything will work out only if the above methods are used together with each other. Women say that, individually, many recipes are either generally ineffective or ineffective.
Judging by the numerous reviews, if you follow the tips for hair removal and depilation, and also use recipes to prevent the appearance of ingrown hair, all the necessary procedures can be carried out at the highest level.
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