Although not a life-threatening issue by any means, an ingrown hair can be quite a nuisance. Those of you who shave regularly have undoubtedly dealt with the problem of ingrown hair at some point or another. An ingrown hair can produce a red, pimp-like bump that may or may not contain pus. It also causes swelling, inflammation, irritation, and pain in that particular area. It isn’t by chance that we mentioned people who shave regularly as they are most likely to deal with ingrown hair.
Like we said, it isn’t a major issue but rather an irritating problem that usually takes a lot of time to go away. It does go away, fortunately, most of the time by itself. You can speed up the process, of course, just as long as you don’t try anything too extreme or dangerous. Usually, a sterile straight pin or a pair of tweezers should do the job. Other times, however, ingrown hair can be quite stubborn, especially if it hasn’t started growing towards the outside of the skin.
Waiting for an ingrown hair to go away can be quite a daunting and at the same time irritating experience, which is why most people prefer not to wait that long. usually, they will employ a series of remedies or natural treatments to remove whatever ingrown hair they might have. Each method has its upsides and downsides, unfortunately, as we are about to find out. So join us as we explore some of the most common methods used by people to remove ingrown hair.
Tweezers or a sterile needle – The first and perhaps the most likely to succeed method of removing an ingrown hair is by using tweezers or a sterile needle. After applying a cold compress to the area, use one of these tools to gently tease the hair out of the skin but remember not to dig for the hair too deep. It is also vital to remember that tweezers can cause quite a bit of damage to the skin around the hair, especially if they’re flat-tipped.
Acne medication – People sometimes use acne medication to rid themselves of ingrown hair because an ingrown hair is very similar to a pimple. By applying benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid a few times a day for a week, you can reduce the swelling that usually accompanies ingrown hairs, thus giving the hair more room for it to grow out. Alternatively, you can use aspirin or a dab of toothpaste pretty much the same way.
Exfoliating – By scrubbing the ingrown hair gently twice a day, you will remove any dead skin cells, dirt, or oils that might be holding the ingrown hair from getting out. When doing this, you could also try to scrub firmly around where the tip of the hair might be to physically nudge the tip out. It is also important to scrub the hair from a variety of directions using an exfoliating glove or an ingrown hair brush.
A warm compress – Applying a warm, moist compress to the affected area can also help you deal with an ingrown hair. This will soften the skin, giving the ingrown hair a possibility to grow out of the skin over time. You prepare the compress by pouring hot water of a washcloth of your choice. You then wring it out and press it against the ingrown hair until it cools down, at which point you pour hot water on it and repeat the process. Take note that if you do this for about ten minutes without seeing any results, you should probably stop doing it and try a different method.
Milk and bread – We aren’t talking about eating any of them, mind you, but rather using them on your skin. You warm up a small bowl of milk before dipping a piece of bread into it. When the piece of bread has gotten permeated by the warm milk, you take it out and press it against the afflicted area. Leave the dipped bread on for about 2 minutes before repeating the process. You will do this 4 or 5 times until the skin gets smooth enough for the hair to push out through.
Egg membrane – After removing the membrane from inside an eggshell, you press it against the swelling caused by the ingrown hair. You will then let the membrane dry and shrink around the afflicted area for a few minutes before pulling it off. As a result, the ingrown hair should theoretically get pulled out along with the membrane. You are more than welcome to repeat the process a few times until it works.