how to deal with ingrown hairs

How to Deal With Ingrown Hairs – Prevention, Causes & Effects

When it comes to how to deal with ingrown hairs, like so many things our body does, it’s not like we can order our skin to stop doing that! We can’t just quit having hair growing in unwanted places, stop acne, eliminate sweating, or stop producing hormones. It’s clear that things simply don’t work that way. Ingrown hairs, especially on our faces, are yet another annoying problem we often struggle with when it comes to our skin care routines.

Causes of Ingrown Hairs

An ingrown hair occurs when the sharp tip of a newly growing hair curls back or cuts sideways into the skin, causing an irregular growth pattern outside of the follicle. People with naturally curly, thick, and coarse hair are especially prone to instances of ingrown hairs for these obvious reasons. Studies have shown that dark-skinned or African American males are especially prone to this type of skin irritation that happens mostly in their bearded regions, around their face and neck.

These outbreaks are exasperated by shaving since it stretches the hair, cuts it off and leaves a sharp edge behind that’s free to grow unprotected. Therefore, these irritants commonly appear in the armpits, bikini line, on the face, legs and almost any other part of the body where unwanted hair grows. In some rare instances, it can be even be found on the eyelids, which can be particularly painful, irritating, and unsightly (pardon the pun).

Stretching The Truth

It’s also been shown that pulling the skin tightly when shaving causes the hair that’s growing beneath and to become even sharper and more deeply imbedded in the skin. This goes against how men have been taught to shave their faces for generations.

The same goes for women in the way we trim our legs, armpits, and nether regions, pulling the skin to get a better shaving surface. In fact, this can actually cause more harm than good.

Effects of Ingrown Hairs

Ingrown hairs are most often seen as small, red (or brownish), raised bumps on the skin, similar to the appearance of acne. Although unsightly, these outbreaks can also lead to complications such as:

  • Bacterial infections
  • Hyperpigmentation (or the darkening of skin tone)
  • Keloids (permanent scarring)
  • Pseudofolliculitis barbae (razor bumps)

Dealing With The Dilemma

Once it occurs, some professionals say you should treat this type of a dilemma in a manner similar to a pimple or an acne breakout. Using basic, well-known solutions like the application of benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid several times daily can aid in the healing process and help to prevent infections and further breakouts.

how to deal with ingrown hairs

An Ounce Of Prevention

Exfoliation and a daily skin care regime are great ways to stop these ingrown hairs from reoccurring. These processes will help to soften the skin and assist new hair growth from becoming a problem in the future.

Similar to treating acne, as a preventative measure, there are effective topical solutions available that can reduce the appearance of ingrown hairs. Consider adding these products into your daily routine to keep ingrown hairs from becoming more irritating.

Not Gender Specific

Ingrown hairs may be a big problem for men who shave their faces. But they also occur from tweezing and plucking which many women do on a daily basis.

Interrupting the growth process is one thing, but we can take a step in the right direction with preventing these unsightly growths from occurring in the first place. Given the right kind of skin regiment, tending to our skin in a more productive way can produce many positive results.

Think about adding a product into your daily skincare routine that could diminish these occurrences or stop them altogether. A little prevention goes a long way.

Written by Dr. Steven Rosen
Many great inventions and discoveries in the world were unintentional or just plain accidents. The story you are about to read concerning a breakthrough in the cosmetics field relates another great accidental discovery. In 1985, in an office in South Florida, Dr. Steven Rosen, a dentist at that time was working on a patient. The patient was a private investigator. Medication was given to the patient to alleviate the pain associated with his treatment. Two days later, the patient noticed a dramatic improvement not only in the pain level, but in his skin as well. His face, which was full of razor bumps, had cleared up! The man couldn't wait to tell the dentist what had happened. He called the dentist on the phone. He asked the dentist what he was doing to him. The dentist was worried and asked what he was talking about. He told the dentist that something the dentist was doing was clearing up his razor bumps. He told the dentist that since he started shaving 15 years earlier, he had tried everything available for razor bumps and nothing had worked until now. The investigator began to tell the dentist how important this discovery was. He mentioned that the dozens of products already on the market did not come close to producing the dramatic results he had achieved. He also said that this was a big problem in the military where a clean shave was required or you would have to get a shaving clearance from the dermatologist. Lawsuits had been filed in industry by workers who were fired because they were unable to get a clean shave for example where gas mask use was required Police must have clean shaves and so on. The dentist realized the importance of this discovery and determined which ingredient in the medication was improving the skin. Realizing that the ingredient could not be taken internally for long periods of time, the two men experimented with the formula in an attempt to apply it directly to the skin. It worked. It then took nine long years work to create a workable product and learn how to reach the market. . The dentist had a great discovery. Other uses for the formula arose in the same "chance" way that the formula was discovered. Women who bought the product for their husbands or boyfriends started trying it on ingrown hair problem they had from shaving, waxing, and having electrolysis on their legs, bikini lines, and underarms. Not only did they report to the dentist that the ingrown hair problems had cleared, but that the formula worked as an excellent underarm deodorant. And the rest is history……… Thank you for letting us tell our story. We hope you enjoyed it.