Those who frequently wax know, ingrown hairs are always around the corner. Here's how to prevent and eliminate them
Raise your hand if you, at least once, have not had ingrown hairs. Probably the most quoted answer will be “even more than one!”, Because it is a problem that afflicts everyone, women and men, who undergo regular hair removal. Ingrown hairs are nothing more than hairs that cannot, in the regrowth phase, come out of the skin and grow normally and the causes can be multiple. Depilation, in fact, plays a key role in their formation, be it performed with wax, razor, electric epilators or tweezers.
Excessive pressure exerted with these tools can cause the hair shaft to retract into the skin which will then flow into an ingrown hair. Or again, in the case of waxing, electric epilator or tweezers, it often seems to have completely removed the hair, but in reality it has only broken under the skin. By doing so, some hairs that are not all the same and do not all have the same strength and speed of regrowth, may not be able to "pierce" the skin and come out properly.
Another cause that frequently leads to ingrown hairs, especially in the groin and pubic area, is bad perspiration. In fact, it is an area forced into clothes, just think of underwear, socks, tight pants and, in itself, it is an area in constant contact with other skin. This can lead to clogging of the pores due to dead cells and, finding an obstacle, the hair cannot grow optimally, remaining under the skin.
Be careful though, because the groin is not the only area subject to this problem but it could also appear on the face, for example under the chin, on the legs and in the armpits. Often, then, they become infected, causing pus, papules, swelling, irritation up to real cysts. It is therefore important to prevent their appearance and understand how to get rid of them, without making the situation worse.
Prevention is better than cure: how to avoid ingrown hair
An extremely important step before any hair removal is the preparation of the skin. It is a good rule to do a scrub the day before undergoing a hair removal treatment, because by doing this the skin will be clean and dead cells will be eliminated that could lead to obstruction or difficult hair removal. If the skin is soft and smooth, free from accumulations of dead skin, the pulling or pulling of the hair will be easier and it will be avoided to break it in part, making it remain under the skin.
Another method that can be used, which has more or less the same function as the scrub, is the use of a horsehair glove. Passing it all over the body eliminates dead cells and softens the skin, but be careful because the mechanical action is stronger than the classic scrub, so it is not a suitable method for those with very sensitive skin.
It is also important to hydrate the skin in the best possible way, to keep it soft, both after the scrub and after hair removal. This is why the exfoliation should be performed the day before, because the oils contained in the scrubs and the moisturizer, if applied close to the treatment, do not make the wax adhere well or make the tweezers slip, again leading to breakage of the hair. On the other hand, keeping the skin well hydrated during the hair regrowth phase ensures that the area is always soft and not thick, so that the hair can come out properly.
If you shave with a razor, it is then essential to pay attention to the direction in which you shave, because it is not accidental. You must always go against the grain, in the opposite direction of growth, in this way the part of the cut hair that remains under the skin will always have the same direction of regrowth, preventing it from bending inside causing ingrown hairs. Finally, try not to shave too often but to allow the hair time to grow a minimum, to avoid double regrowth, that is, hairs that grow at very different times. In fact, when removing them, it is easier for the shorter ones to be torn badly, causing irritation.
Ok to prevent, but the ingrown hair is now there: how to get rid of it?
The most effective method for removing ingrown hair is certainly the manual one. First of all, in case of pus and swelling, it is always better to first relieve the area, using safe natural remedies or specific products. A compress with water and salt can be useful, just like you do to try to get the thorns out: the salt disinfects the area and dehydrates it, thus softening the skin and eliminating the superficial part of dead cells. Even a scrub or horsehair glove, in this case, are useful to eliminate them and to soften the skin. Do not use drugs and cortisone creams until after a consultation with your trusted dermatologist, rather opt for specific products for pimples, which have the task of making the pus reabsorb and soothe the skin.
After having flamed the area it is time to disinfect the skin and exert a slight pressure with the fingertips, using a tissue, in order to bring out the tip of the hair. Never use your nails, even if your hands are washed, because they are a receptacle for germs and bacteria and, in any case, they could cause injury to the skin, further inflaming the area. Once the tip comes out, then, with tweezers, gently extract the hair, without haste, taking care to remove it all to avoid breaking it further or leaving part under the skin. Disinfect the skin again and repeat the operation where necessary.