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How to Treat That Ingrown Hair

How to Treat That Ingrown Hair

You have an ingrown. What now?

Ingrown hairs are an unfortunate fact of hair removal. Besides looking far from pretty, ingrowns can be pretty darn painful. Whether they're springing up on your legs, bikini line, or underarms, ingrown hairs are an unwelcome guest that can lead to inflammation, scarring, and a lot of discomfort.

Here's how to treat ingrown hairs yourself.

 

What Exactly is an Ingrown Hair?

In case you have no idea what you're looking for, ingrown hairs are painful red bumps that occur when hair gets trapped under the surface of the skin. They look kind of like little pimples. The only difference is that ingrowns are much more uncomfortable to deal with.

Even if you can't see the ingrown hair itself, you'll definitely notice some form of inflammation. Symptoms include pain, itching, and redness.

 

What Causes Ingrown Hairs?

Ingrown hairs are a common side effect of hair removal methods such as shaving, waxing, and tweezing. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), an ingrown hair begins growing in the hair follicle but curls inward and gets trapped back under the skin's surface. This often happens if you have thick, curly hair or if dead skin cells clog up your hair follicle, which can happen due to lack of exfoliation.

While ingrowns typically go away on their own, you can speed up the healing and recovery process with a few skincare steps. Scroll down for some ground rules for how to get rid of an ingrown hair.

 

How to Treat Your Ingrown Hair

#1: Apply a Warm Compress

First things first, you'll want to ease your suffering as soon as possible. Applying a warm compress to the affected area can soften and relax your skin, making you feel a lot more comfortable and the redness appear much less noticeable. 

Simply soak a towel in warm water. Then drape it over the area that's in pain. Leave it on for a few minutes until you feel your pain easing. Repeat several times a day until your ingrown hair is healed. 

 

#2: Use a Gentle Cleanser

Make sure you keep the area clean, and avoid using harsh skincare products on the area. This will prevent infections and further irritation. 

Truly's Moon Jelly Adaptogenic Body Cleanser is a soothing blend of ashwagandha, lavender, and chamomile to clean, relax, and heal skin. For best results, use every time you take a shower.

 

#3: Exfoliate

Exfoliation is essential for removing dead skin cells and allowing trapped hairs to emerge. You can either use a soft washcloth, a soft-bristled toothbrush, or a body scrub. Simply massage the area in a circular motion using your chosen product or tool. Do this for several minutes. For best results, repeat this process every day until your ingrown hair disappears.

You can also use an over-the-counter lotion or serum with a chemical exfoliant like salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or lactic acid, which help boost skin cell turnover. This can help get buff away dead skin cells that would keep the ingrown hair trapped under the skin for a longer period of time.

Truly's Blueberry Kush CBD Body Scrub combines brightening blueberry with exfoliating AHAs and BHAs, and hydrating coconut oil. It soothes inflammation while being antibacterial, making it the perfect ingrown hair treatment.

 

#4: Stop Shaving

Just until your ingrown heals, it's best to refrain from hair removal methods like shaving and waxing. Shaving can worsen your symptoms. It can also cause razor bumps, pustules, and razor burn, which can make things much more uncomfortable for you. You'll especially want to refrain from shaving for a few days if you have sensitive skin.

If you’re prone to ingrown hairs and can afford it, laser hair removal is an excellent alternative as it affects the hair follicles on a deeper level so that they do not grow back. Thus, you end up with less body hair or at least lighter, less coarse hair. 

Speak to your dermatologist if you're considering laser therapy. If you have skin conditions like eczema, it may not be the best decision for you. They'll be able to give you advice on your best treatment options. 

 

#5: Try a Treatment Plan

Since we know how annoying and painful ingrowns are, we decided to create a special Ingrown Aftercare Kit to help ease your pain. Inside, you'll find our Black Jelly Treatment Serum, CBD Jelly Body Mask, and Jelly Booster Pigment Body Potion. All designed to soothe your skin and speed up recovery from your ingrown hairs.

Whether you went a little OTT with the razor, forgot the shaving gel, or your booty shorts chafed too long, you can kiss irritation, bumps and ingrowns goodbye with our new Ingrown Aftercare kit.

Active ingredients like tea tree oil, witch hazel, vitamin A (retinoid), and eucalyptus treat ingrown-related infection, soothe picked-at scarring, and soothe inflammation while preventing hair from growing back into the skin.

 

#6:  Step Away From the Tweezers

Plucking out that pesky ingrown might be tempting, but try to resist!

It can cause some serious problems if done incorrectly, including infection and scarring. Dermatologists warn against it, insisting it's tricky to do with minimal risk for skin damage or infection. Leave it to the derms of a healthcare professional instead!

Your doctor will disinfect your skin with rubbing alcohol. Next, they'll insert a sterile needle underneath a visible hair loop and then free the strand.

 

#7: Learn How to Shave Properly

Poor shaving techniques can cause ingrown hairs. Prevent them from happening again by acing your shaving technique.

Always start by exfoliating your skin, then apply a generous layer of shaving cream for slip. Next, use a single-blade or double-blade razor, moving in the direction of hair growth. Once you've finished, apply a thin layer of moisturizer or serum to nourish, soothe, and diminish dry skin.

Truly's Ultimate Smooth Legend Shave Kit gives you everything you need for a perfect shave.

 

Be sure to check in with your derm or doctor if your ingrown isn't going away. Avoid trying potentially harmful home remedies that might make things worse.

 

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