Ingrown hairs can be very painful. So what can you do to prevent it and how do you treat this annoying problem?
How do ingrown hairs develop?
Ingrown hairs often develop after hair removal. Your skin may pull over the shaved hair. When the hair grows back, the hair cannot get out. Instead, the hair grows further under your skin, creating a small inflamed or irritated bump with the hair in it; an ingrown hair.
Tips to prevent ingrown hairs
- Shave with a clean, sharp blade . It is best to shave over wet skin and use s cheergel or foam to make the hairs supple. Preferably only go with the hair growth. The result may be slightly less smooth, but you do reduce the chance of ingrown hairs this way.
- Gently scrub your skin about twice a week. In this way you remove dead skin cells, so that dead skin cells hinder the hairs in their growth as little as possible.
- There are special products against shaving irritation and red bumps. Sudo cream also has a soothing effect.
- Be careful with creams with alcohol as an ingredient, as this will dry out your skin.
- Do not wear clothes that are too tight.
How to get rid of ingrown hair
Opinions on this are divided. Our advice: try to stay away from it as much as possible, but eventually the ingrown hair has to come out. This sometimes happens automatically, but not always. If the hair does not come out by itself, it is best to try to get the hair out when the skin is warm. For example, after a shower is a good time. Try to get the ingrown hair out from under the skin with disinfected tweezers . Then disinfect your skin. If you can’t manage it yourself and the inflammation gets bigger after a few weeks, go to your doctor.