After shaving, most of us have experienced strange bumps on our necks, legs, pubic area, etc. You can’t call them pimples because they are not exactly like that.
What exactly are ingrown hairs, and how do they occur? To understand what ingrown hairs are, we need to know how they form on the skin. Deep in the skin, especially in the dermal layer, there is a special structure called the hair root. This is the structure in which all body hair grows. Normally, hair should grow upward and out of the skin.
However, in the case of ingrown hairs, after shaving, the inches left in the follicles that would normally grow upward and outward curl up and grow back into the skin. Shaving can also cause the hair to fail to sprout. Old keratin may have clogged the hair follicles and prevented the hairs from growing. Tight clothing can also cause ingrown hairs.
Here are some homemade remedies to help prevent ingrown hairs!
1) Warm compresses
Since the hairs are already trapped under the skin, it is ingenious to find a means to make them grow. One effective home remedy for this purpose is a warm compress. The warm compress opens the pores and encourages the trapped hairs to grow upward, thereby alleviating the symptoms.
To use this method, you will need warm water and a towel. The water should be lukewarm and not extremely hot to avoid further aggravating the skin. Dip the towel partially into the hot water and wring it out. Then, place the warm, damp towel on the affected area and apply pressure (compression). Continue this twice a day for several days.
2) Use Apple Cider Vinegar
Razor bumps on the thighs and face can be a real problem, especially if it is accompanied by itching. Apple cider vinegar can solve the irritation and itching caused by ingrown hairs. Apple cider vinegar is also an antiseptic and helps fight microorganisms that can delay the bumps from healing quickly.
To use apple cider vinegar on ingrown hairs, simply take a cotton ball or small clean cloth and apply it to the affected area; leave it on for 20 minutes, then rinse it off.
However, apple cider vinegar is mildly acidic, so you need to understand how sensitive your skin is before using it. Since the skin on the face is softer, the risk of sunburn is lower when used on the legs than on the neck. In general, if your skin is sensitive, you should dilute it well.
3) Use Tea Tree Oil
If tea tree is available, this is another excellent home remedy for treating ingrown hairs. The oil is naturally sourced from the tea tree and does not require any additives to be added. Tea tree oil has high bactericidal properties, and this property is necessary to target opportunistic bacteria that try to prolong the healing process. The oil also has astringent properties that help tighten pores and prevent future ingrown hairs.
Remove the oil from the leaves and apply it to the affected area using a cotton ball or cloth. Remember that tea tree oil is potent, so it is best to dilute it and apply it to the skin in tiny amounts before applying it to the legs and neck. Applying at least twice a week will promote healing and prevent future recurrences.
One of the most potent home remedies to stop ingrown hairs is honey. The usefulness of honey is vast. Honey can be used on the feet and neck. It soothes the symptoms of ingrown hairs by moisturizing the skin. Honey also has antibacterial properties that keep infections away.
To stop ingrown hairs, apply it to the affected area, but make sure the area is clean before doing so. You may want to wash the area with mild soap and cold water before applying the honey. Leave the honey on the affected area for at least 20 minutes before rinsing.
Let us know if these few tips have helped you in the comments below!