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.
My legs are covered in red dots exactly like this:
The hairs don't seem to grown in on themselves, and since I've been waxing a few years the regrowth is quite slow. I've epilated a few times now and my legs look much worse. Is this definitely ingrown hairs, or more visible pores / hair follicles?
It's awful because my legs are never smooth, no matter how much I exfoliate.
I suffer from a mild form of keratosis pilaris on my upper arms but have never done anything about it. I find it difficult to find treatments for it. I have heard that anything that contains salicylic acid works well for ingrown hairs - can anyone recommend any products that contain this? Also is it safe to use - it is "acid" after all! Thanks!
I'd love to know how to sort this; I used to describe it as looking like you shaved goosebumps! Fecking sore too when you do shave your legs
Exfoliation is not sufficient as I have been trying it for ages
Keratosis pilaris disappears by itself as you get older.
Would tendskin help at all?
I bought Nad's Ingrow Solution and after a few weeks of using every day, it didn't do much, I'm starting to think it's actually KP on my legs not ingrown hairs after all
I second - Depileve It works!!!
thanks a million for that
God as we age, it seems to be one thing after another with these bodies of ours..
I noticed a few brown spots on my legs recently and realised they were ingrown hairs. I tried removing the hair and then skin came off and noticed I was exposing the skin to bacteria - not good.
On thought I then realised that this was the first time i got these and consequently after I used a different hair removal cream - veet suprem essence. I will not be using it again. I was dubious about it in the first place.
Anyway I do not seem to have anymore of these brown spots but i will shave as normal and exfoliate and moisturise.
fingers crossed it is the end of them