Ingrown hair usually appears as a result to shaving. This means that men usually encounter these bumps on there face, while as women have ingrown hair on the legs, armpits or any other area of the body that they regularly shave.
Causes of ingrown hair
As we already mentioned, both men and women can have ingrown hair problems. For men the most common spots for ingrown hair are the cheeks, chin, neck, while for women their pubic area, armpits and legs are the most common spots where ingrown hair may appear.
The development of ingrown hair on the buttocks is also something which is not considered uncommon, especially for men. In case an ingrown hair in this area in not treated in time it can become a pilonidal cyst, which can be a serious issue.
The most common causes for ingrown hair are:
- Clogged hair follicles
- Hormonal imbalance
- Curly or coarse hair
How to get rid of ingrown hair
Ingrown hair tends to go away on its own, but if it does not you need to remove it or treat it so that it does not get infected. Doctors mostly remove ingrown hair by either making small cuts to get it out or prescribe medications to treat it. If your goal is to avoid medications, here are some simple home remedies to get rid of ingrown hair.
Sugar helps get rid of dead skin cells that are blocking the way of your ingrown hair and securing a way for it to get out on the surface. You can always combine sugar with water, but adding olive oil or jojoba oil is a better option because these oils make your skin soft and hydrated and ensure the release of ingrown hair more easily. Moreover, adding essential oils as lavender and tea tree oil will certainly make it more effective, due to the former soothing inflammation and redness and the later having anti-bacterial properties.
- ½ cup olive/jojoba oil
- 1 cup sugar
- 10 drops of either lavender or tea tree oil
- Mix all the ingredients and apply on the needed area
- Gently scrub in circular motions for 2 to 5 minutes
- When finished, wash it off with water
- Do so daily for one week, then apply it once or twice a week if necessary
Due to castor oil being successful in opening clogged pores and drawing out pus, it is perfect for treating infected ingrown hair.
- ½ tablespoon castor oil
- Apply a thick layer of castor oil on the affected area and let it sit for 10-15 minutes
- Next, wet the washcloth and wring out the excessive water and wipe out the oil covered area
- Do so 2 or 3 times a day until you get rid of the ingrown hair
Apple cinder vinegar
Being both an antimicrobial agent and having anti-inflammatory properties makes ACV the perfect remedy.
- ½ ACV
- Cotton ball
- Soak the cotton ball in vinegar, apply it on the needed area and let it sit overnight
- Repeat until you get rid of ingrown hair