Normally hair grows outside the skin but in certain conditions they start growing inside skin, causing a lot of problems. The problem of ingrown hair is seen in people with thick curly hair; ingrown hair is the result of wrong method of hair removal. Hair removal — shaving or waxing — requires care. People shaving hair in opposite direction suffer from ingrown hair problem. Mistakes during hair removal can lead to this problem of ingrown hair and razor bumps.
Women who wax body hair and wear tight clothes bring the problem on — the pressure of cloth changes the direction of hair growth back into the skin. Ingrown hairs may cause bumps when you try to shave them, which are known as razor bumps.
People with curly hair are prone to razor bumps as hair grows inside or sideways. Razor bumps are medically known as pseudofolliculitis barbae. In extreme cases, these razor bumps leave the skin scarred. Razor bumps occur as the hair follicles get irritated by the razor. Razor bumps are associated with tiny infectious hair follicles. At times, these razor bumps are found to have pus inside.
In men, razor bumps are common on face, whereas in women, they are found on legs, armpits, and the pubic region. The simple treatment for ingrown hair is to stop shaving for some days. This gives the hair some opportunity to grow in the normal direction. Redness, infection, and inflammation can be prevented with glycolic acid treatment.
Consulting a dermatologist for hair removal or for razor bumps treatment is recommended. Exfoliating the skin through scrubbing is a good treatment for ingrown hair removal. Wet hot compress with water at the site of an ingrown hair is a better home remedy. Ingrown hair removal is possible through laser treatment though home remedies are more popular. Ingrown hair removal can be done with a sterile needle by removing the skin from over the hair.
Using a sharp razor is an important treatment option for treating razor bumps. Simple home remedies can be effective in preventing redness, itching, and irritation after hair removal. Scrubbing with common salt after hair removal is one of the cheap home remedies. Of the useful home remedies to be used after hair removal, sugar mixed in some oil can be very effective. This home remedy makes the skin at affected area very soft and removes the dead skin. Using natural soft loofah for scrubbing is also a very effective home remedy. Regular use of baking soda mixed in some liquid soap for washing the face is one of the cheap and effective home remedies.
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