Ingrown hairs can be a huge torment for both women and men. They occur in most cases at the following locations:
- Legs + armpits
- Lies & pubic area
- Face (so beard hair in men)
An ingrown hair can cause irritation, pain, inflammation, infections and scars. That is why we have listed everything about ingrown hairs below: causes, consequences and treatments. And moreover a number of practical tips to remedy and prevent an ingrown hair …
Note: in the groin area you should not consider a stuffed lymph node for ingrown hair.
what is ingrown hair and How to remove ingrown hair ?
Consequences of ingrowing hairs
When a hair grows in, an inflammation occurs nine out of ten times. If you subsequently start to pluck the ingrown hair, a bacterial infection usually develops, causing a pimple or abscess to form around the ingrown hair. If you squeeze and scratch this, a wound will occur. Because the ingrown hair continues to irritate, the wound will not heal easily. Eventually a deep scar can arise that will never completely disappear.
Every hair grows from a hair follicle or hair follicle. When an ingrown hair gets infected by bacteria, it is also called “folliculitis”.
Two types of ingrown hairs
We distinguish two types of ingrown hair, namely:
1. Ingrown hair
A classically ingrown hair is actually a “locked-in” hair. Such ingrown hair usually arises after a hair is cut off or pulled out. The new hair (or the part that remains) must then grow through the skin surface again, but that goes wrong …
In more than 99% of the cases, the growth of a hair goes well, but occasionally a hair gets stuck under the skin surface. Such a hair does not find its way back to the pore opening and thus remains completely hidden under the skin. The trapped hair causes a subcutaneous inflammatory response and / or infection.
2. “Razor bump”
A razor bump is a hair that first grows out – above the skin surface. Subsequently, the hair curves back into the skin. So a razor bump is actually a “ingrowing” or “penetrating” hair.
Because the hair is seen by your body as an intruder, it will be encapsulated. Usually this encapsulation is accompanied by an inflammatory response, resulting in pain, itching and redness. The term “razor bump” literally means “shaving bump”, and razor bumps are usually the result of a shave.
Causes of ingrown hairs
Sometimes a hair grows in for no explicit reason, but it always happens. There are also several factors that can cause you to have a lot of ingrown hairs. The main causes of hair ingrowth are as follows:
1. Bot razor
A blunt razor ensures that a hair is not neatly split in half. Rather, the hair is pulled in half , and the part that stays behind gets a “ragged” end. This makes it less easy for the hair to grow out through the pore and get stuck earlier.
Blunt razors are the main causes of ingrown hairs. So always use a razor sharp razor. Tip: You can switch on an old-fashioned “folding knife” and is therefore extremely cheap.
2. Shave too smoothly
If you shave, you naturally want a smooth result. When it comes to hair growth, it is better not to shave too smoothly. The smoother you shave, the more hairs are cut off under the skin surface. And after all, hairs grow in when they have to find their way out. However, if hairs stick a tiny bit out of the skin, they don’t have to look for the way back.
3. Multiple blades
If you use a razor with 2, 3 or 4 separate blades, you basically shave several times at the same time. This increases the chance that a hair will be clipped too short or too sloppy, and therefore also increases the chance of hair growing in. So preferably use a single blade if you want to prevent ingrown hairs.
4. Shave against hair growth
If you shave against hair growth, you get a smoother shave. Still, it’s better to take the hair with shaving if you want to prevent ingrown hairs. Your skin remains somewhat more stubborn, but it is also less likely to become irritated, inflamed, infected and damaged. And that prevents ingrown hairs again!
If you shave against the direction of growth, the direction of growth of the shaved hair can also change, which promotes ingrowth.
5. Coarse pores
By coarse pores we mean pores that are larger or wider or wider than usual. In principle, coarse pores hardly play a role in ingrown hairs. However, the chance that hairs with a turn will grow back into the skin is somewhat greater in the case of coarse pores. You can’t do much to remedy coarse pores. However, there are some effective “tricks”.
6. Dead skin cells
Dead skin cells can cause uneven pore openings. An uneven pore opening increases the chances that hairs will get stuck if they – beyond the skin surface – grow out of the pores. Exfoliation (exfoliating, peeling etc.) can cause old superficial skin cells to be removed. This allows new, young skin cells to come to the skin surface, making the skin smoother.
7. Dirty skin
Dirty skin promotes clogged pores. A blockage of a pore can on the one hand block the hair that should grow out of the pore. On the other hand, dirt promotes skin infections. Thus, any ingrown hair will more easily lead to complications such as scarring.
8. Disposable blades
There are people who claim that disposable razors work just as well as “ordinary” (more expensive) razors, but my personal experience includes the opposite. I can give an exact reason for it, but every time I shave with a disposable knife, countless hairs grow under the skin or the skin surface . Of course, this may not be the case for everyone, but it is worth paying attention to and paying attention to.
Tips, solutions & treatments against ingrowth of hairs
Once hairs have grown, you are actually too late. Yet there are things you can do to remove ingrown hairs or cure the inflammation. Hereby some tips, solutions and treatments to prevent and remedy ingrown hairs:
- Use a special product to force ingrown hairs to the skin surface (Ingrow Go, PFB Vanish and others)
- Exfoliation (scrub & peel) to level the skin surface
- Keep skin clean with mild skin cleansing products
- Use disinfectant – disinfectant – after shaving so that no bacteria penetrates the hair follicles (aftershave, etc.).
- Antibiotics cream can accelerate the cure of any bacterial infection due to ingrown hair.
- If an ingrown hair does not heal by itself, a beautician, doctor or dermatologist can remove it sterile through a minor surgical procedure.
- The better the quality of your skin , the less trouble you will have with ingrown hairs. Especially the fat balance and moisture balance of your skin play an important role in this.
- Keep your skin soft and supple, and do n’t let your skin dry out ! Alcohol and soap have a drying effect and are disastrous for sensitive and dry skin.
- Be careful with tight clothing – especially tight-fitting underwear – this can affect the growth direction of hairs.
- Take a flexible skin mask regularly , for example from egg, clay, olive oil and / or honey.
- Let a beauty specialist advise you on permanent hair removal .
- Do not use shaving foam, shaving mousse or shaving gel during shaving, but use a high-quality, moisturizing shaving cream that keeps the surface of your skin supple. (Barc and others)
- Preferably not “dry” shaving , so no mer shaver or with a knife without shaving cream.
- Use an old-fashioned blow blade to shave. You can sharpen such a razor time and time again, which saves you a lot of money.
- It is highly advisable to thoroughly rinse modern razor blades after every stroke . If you don’t do that, you will scrape your skin with the shaved hair that gets stuck in the hand shaver. Beard hairs in particular can be very thick, stiff, pointed and sharp.
- Tip: a classic open razor (rotating knife or folding knife) is an absolute relief if you often suffer from ingrown hairs. Make sure you use enough shaving cream to optimally guide the knife. A note: shaving with a razor-sharp knife can be dangerous!
- The Merkur razors (“scratches”) from grandfather’s time are also ideal if you want to prevent hair ingrowth. The handles are relatively pricey, but the blades are dirt cheap! Just try Google on ‘Merkur razor’ (20C to 40C). These types of blades are also known as “double edged” or “DE” knives. You also have them from other brands, including Feather, Derby, Shark, Gillette and Wilkinson.
- In any case, do not pull nails, needles and tweezers deep into the skin to free or remove ingrown hair … That makes the chance of a bacterial infection extra high. Such an infection can again become an (extremely painful) boil or hair nest cyst.
Ingrown hairs occur extremely often after depilation of the pubic area. Pubic hairs are exceptionally thick and curly, making them easier to grow in and / or get stuck when growing outside. Epilation or waxing causes faster and more ingrown hairs than any other hair removal method. That is because you completely remove the majority of hairs.
These hairs must therefore break through the skin surface from the inside again. During this growth process, a hair can easily get stuck under the skin and continue to grow under your skin surface. Also, due to the rough pulling, a large number of hairs will break down “messy” under the skin surface, which promotes hair ingrowth.
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