Ingrown hairs can have different causes. They usually appear as a sequel after shaving or epilation, but often also by wearing too tight clothing. In addition, the hair type affects the risk of ingrown hair.
The most common causes
So it can easily happen that the hair does not just grow out of the skin during regrowth, but grows under the skin. This can lead to unpleasant skin reactions and painful inflammation.
Even if the growth channel of the hair is blocked by dead skin cells and sebum, a hair can grow in. In addition, the skin type plays a role: frizzy or extra-thick hair tends increasingly to ingrowth.
Pressure on the skin and friction from too tight clothing can also help keep hair under the skin.
The most sensitive areas of skin
Especially the genital area is prone to ingrown hair. The skin in the bikini area is very soft and sensitive. In addition, the frizzy and firm hair texture can cause the regrowing pubic hair “backs”. The hair tips then grow in the direction of the delicate skin and injure them.
Under the armpits, the hair is much softer. But even here there is a risk of ingrown hair. The skin in the underarm area is also very soft, sensitive and elastic. Finally, she must be able to participate in all movements of the shoulder joint. However, this increases the risk that after shaving the skin burns and individual hairs not just push through the hair funnel to the surface, but waxing.
On the legs, the hair tends to be thin and smooth and the skin is firmer. However, here too tight pants can rub directly on the skin and thereby influence the growth direction of the regrowing hair.
DOS AND DON’TS: HOW TO PREVENT INGROWN HAIR
The tendency to ingrown hair is different in women. With a gentle hair removal and the right care products, you can prevent skin irritation to a certain extent – and thus also effectively reduce the risk of inflammation. At the same time your skin remains soft and supple.
Shaving, epilation and waxing
Many women prefer the razor because it helps to remove unwanted hair painlessly, quickly and effectively. The important thing is that the blades are sharp. So the hair is cut off smoothly and not torn out. With the help of shaving cream, the blade glides gently over the skin. Also always shave in the direction of growth – so reduce the risk of hair ingrowth, as well as other skin irritations.
When epilating or waxing, the individual hairs along with the hair root are removed. This method is not completely painless, but provides longer for smooth skin than the shave. The hair grows completely new again after some time. Here, too, ingrown hairs can occur, as the epidermis or waxing may damage the hair root, causing the hair to grow back to an oblique angle.
How to remove ingrown hair
- First, try applying the ingrown hair to the skin surface with a gentle scrub.
- Alternatively, take creams with salicylic acid. They can loosen slight cornifications – and in this way also the ingrown hair. In addition, you can put a warm washcloth on the affected area for a few minutes to soak the skin.
- If the hair is not exposed by these methods, you can try to remove it with a sterilized needle or forceps. Then disinfect the affected area. Do not tear the hair out by any means, just expose it so that it can grow normally out of the skin.