Ingrown hairs are one of the most common and bothersome beauty problems.
They usually happen on your legs, underarms, and other areas where people shave or use other hair removal methods.
The small, angry red bumps appear after shaving when the strands of hair curl back on themselves and grow into the skin. The only 100% effective way to treat them is to stop shaving, but not every guy wants to grow a beard, and few women want to walk around in a dress or a pair of shorts with hairy legs. And, as soon as you do start shaving again, they’re likely to come right back.
An ingrown hair can produce a raised, red bump that looks like a little pimple. At times, there may be pus inside the bump. It also causes redness, swelling, inflammation, pain and irritation in the area.
Fortunately, in order to prevent further complications, there are several natural solutions that can help extract them without too much trouble.
In our article, we’d like to share the 10 best ways solve this bothersome problem.
Due to its anti-inflammatory properties and soothing effects, baking soda is a good option to prevent ingrown hair. It helps reduce itching and redness and acts as a natural exfoliator. Make a concentrated solution of baking soda and water and apply it over the affected area with the help of a cotton ball. Leave it for 5-10 minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water. Repeat this daily for at least a week to get the desired results.
Alternatively, you can also make a homemade scrub of ground oatmeal, baking soda, and water.
In addition to moisturizing the skin, honey also acts as a good antiseptic and reduces swelling and inflammation. Apply a layer of honey directly to the affected area and leave it for 10 minutes. Rinse it off with cold water afterward. Repeat this remedy 2-3 times a day.
Note: Raw unprocessed honey is more effective than the processed one.
Submerge a small towel or cloth in hot water and apply it over the ingrown hair.
Leave it on for 5 minutes, take it off for another 5 and apply again.
Use this treatment several times a day until the hair is close enough to the skin’s surface for extraction.
Applying a warm compress over the affected area can soften the tissue surrounding the inflammation, making it easier to extract ingrown hairs.
Cucumber contains a lot of water which helps deal with pain, skin inflammation, irritation, redness and swelling. Refrigerate the cucumber for half an hour and cut it into slices. Put these slices into the affected area. This remedy is very simple and must be done every day till the symptoms of ingrown hair subside.
Alternatively, make cucumber puree and add some milk into it. Refrigerate this mixture and apply it to the affected area with the help of cotton swab. Let it stay for 15 minutes. Finally, wash off with lukewarm water.
From exfoliating the skin to increasing the blood circulation to reduce swelling and speeding up the healing process, sea salt does it all. All you are required to do is make a paste of sea salt and water and apply it with the help of cotton ball in the affected area. Leave it for 10-15 minutes and then wash it off with water. It must be done twice daily until the ingrown hair gets cured.
Alternatively, mix some Epsom salt in bathing water and soak yourself in it. It will help loosen the ingrown hair and bring them to the surface.
Note: Do not use this remedy if your skin is sensitive to salt.
If you happen to have some black tea in your kitchen cabinet, you’ve got one of the best remedies there are for razor bumps. It contains tannic acid, which is known to relieve inflammation, reduce redness and soothe burning. To use black tea for your ingrown hairs, just moisten a black tea bag with warm, but not too hot, water. Rub the bag over the affected area for several minutes, repeating a few times during the day if necessary.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is an outstanding remedy for razor bumps as it helps to ease the discomfort and appearance of ingrown hairs. Start out slowly, as some people have skin that is extra sensitive and could experience a reaction, but if you’re not one of them, you may find that this is the best remedy around as it offers especially powerful anti-inflammatory properties and it can help ward off an infection too.
To use ACV, apply a cotton ball that’s been dipped in apple cider vinegar onto the affected area. Allow it to dry before rinsing with cool water. Repeat several times a day until the burning sensation has dissipated and the bumps can no longer be seen.
Aspirin can help reduce redness and inflammation, the two most common symptoms of ingrown hair. The anti-inflammatory property of aspirin reduces swelling, fights inflammation and treats mild infection. Plus, the salicylic acid present in aspirin scrubs away dead skin to loosen the offending hair.
Soak two aspirin tablets in one teaspoon of warm water until it forms a paste-like consistency.
Add one teaspoon of honey to the paste.
Apply the paste to the affected area.
Leave it on for 10 minutes. Wash it off with warm water and then gently pat the skin dry.
Follow this remedy once or twice a week as needed.
Note: Those with highly sensitive skin should not follow this remedy.
Apply some lemon juice on the ingrown hair and leave it till it dries off. Wash off with lukewarm water afterward.
Note: Take care not to use this remedy, if you have sensitive skin. Lemon juice can cause skin reactions in some people.
Chamomile is a plant with anti-inflammatory and soothing properties that can be very useful in treating ingrown hairs.
Applying it directly to the skin helps shrink the bumps that form on the surface while helping open your pores so the hair can break the surface.
2 tablespoons of chamomile flowers (20 g)
1/2 cup of water (125 ml)
Add the two tablespoons of chamomile to the boiling water and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
Once it cools to a bearable temperature, moisten a clean cloth and apply to the affected area.
Repeat two or three times a day until the problem is relieved.