You shave hoping for silky smooth skin, but alas! The next thing you notice is not the glossy look but the little red bumps appearing to ruin your look! Don’t mistake these red bumps for acne. They are the ingrown hair that grows back into your skin instead of growing out! The good news is that ingrown hair is not unavoidable. They can be the annoying side effects of hair removal.
Read further as we present some tips to prevent, recognize and manage ingrown hair whenever and wherever they appear!
When you remove hair from any part of your body, it sometimes starts growing in a crooked way or back into the skin. Sometimes, dead skin can clog a hair follicle. That forces the hair to grow sideways under your skin, rather than up and out. Or if you cut naturally curly hair too short, the sharpened end of the hair can pierce your skin, causing an ingrown hair.
This creates a little red bump, sometimes inflammation or looks like acne with a head filled with pus. The only difference is you can see the dark hair inside the bump.
If you develop ingrown hair, you may notice:
They are likely to appear in the areas where you shave, including your:
Several products in the market and many skin practices can be held responsible for ingrown hair.
Yes, you heard it right! Often, an ingrown hair goes away on its own. But if it doesn’t, you could have:
Doctors believe that ingrown hair are likely to develop pilonidal cysts. These pockets of hair and skin debris usually happen at the base of your tailbone, between your buttocks. They can be swollen and painful and might need surgery to be treated.
Do not ever try to pull out ingrown hair because if the follicle is filled with pus, you may develop infection. You just need to keep the area clean and refrain from waxing or shaving until the area clears up. If you notice recurrence, hyperpigmentation or dark skin, consult a skincare expert for treatment.
There are a few things that you can do to keep this problem at bay:
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