Just a little information on Ingrown hairs - The common causes and Solution:
What they are:
Ingrown hairs are normally caused by the hair been shaved or waxed and the skin above the follicle closing over before the new hair growth can pass through freely. As a result of this the hair becomes trapped and turns back in on itself and continues to grow under the skin’s surface. Sometimes these hairs can become infected and appear as a yellow spot on the skin’s surface.
Common Treatments that can cause them:
Hair Removal Creams:
Can cause a lot of ingrown hairs especially on bikini lines and underarms as the hair is course and the cream burns the hair into the follicle and does not remove it. This allows the hairs roots to remain in place and as the re-growth is delayed the skin will heal over the follicle and obstruct the path of the new hair growth. If the hair can’t come out it will turn in and become an ingrown.
This depends on the wax that is used and the area of the body. It also depends on the person doing the waxing. My advice is if you want a hassle free wax go to a professional salon that uses a GOOD Quality WAX such as LYCON. There are many cheap waxes on the market at the minute and people should only use a good quality hard wax on all intimate areas (bikini, face and underarms) that protects the skin and does not adhere to the skin’s surface when it is removed. If you damage the skin’s surface waxing as opposed to just removing the hair then the skin will want to repair any damage that has been done to its’ surface and this could leave you with a higher chance of ingrown hairs. This is one of the reasons (apart from the discomfort) why you should never use strip wax on any intimate waxing areas. Most professional salons that specialise in hair removal such as Urbana, Urban Wax or Brazilia in Dublin will be able to advise you in this area and all three use a good quality waxes.
Shaving as it cuts the hair level with the skin’s surface can lead to ingrown hairs but if a blunt razor is used this will be significantly worse and is most common on men shaving the front of their neck.
The main solution to ingrown hairs is to prevent the blockage of the hair follicle after a waxing or a hair removal treatment by regularly exfoliating the area. This can be done very easily, takes very little time and is very effective in the treatment of this unsightly problem. There are 2 items that you will require – A pair of Exfoliating Gloves available from Boots €4 and a professional ingrown treatment solution as mentioned earlier such as Folisan from Deplieve available at Urbana in Dublin €25 and lasts for about 6 months. There are a number of products such as Folisan on the market that can help to treat the cause of ingrown hairs, most of these products work in the same way using an active ingredient called salicylic acid to chemically exfoliate the top layers of the skin and prevent the blocking of the hair follicle when the hair start to grow.
How to Use:
Use the Exfoliating Gloves to gently exfoliate the area in a warm shower daily for at least 10 days after hair removal treatment. When finished showering apply folisan with cotton pad to the area and allow to dry before moisturising all over.
Tea Tree was mentioned earlier by another post, Tea tree is an excellent antiseptic and although is not beneficial in the treatment of ingrown hairs it will help to kill any bacteria in the spots that may have developed because of the ingrown hair and will stop the area becoming infected.
Hope that this helps.