Ingrown hairs are also known as Pseudofolliculitis Barbae, which refers to
the area around the hair
follicle, which becomes inflamed. In regular terms, it is also referred to as razor burns or razor bumps. The hairs curl and penetrate the skin with the tip of their hair, thus resulting in inflammation. This happens when the hair begins to pierce the skin and enter into it adjacent to the area of the follicle. It will cause inflammation and a reaction to a foreign body. It is the same as when a hair begins to curl back on itself before it exits from the epidermis and it becomes an hair that is ingrown. Similar to a razor bump, it will cause inflammation and soreness.
They typically happen in men around their beard area. Additionally, they can occur on other areas of the body where the hair has been plucked or shaved. These occurrences are also likely in sections of the body that have curly hair and sensitive skin like the pubic areas. In people who have very curly hair, ingrown hairs are very common.
Infected Hairs and Ways to Get Rid of Them:
Most often, the hairs become inflamed or irritated by bacteria and it can cause infections around the ingrown areas. Infected areas are often marked by the inflammation and followed by the formation of pus. It could cause pain and itching. Pustules can become infected and then can rupture. This usually results in bleeding. In cases that are chronic, infected ingrown areas of hairs may cause scarring.
Here are the steps to follow to get rid of them:
- 1: To remove any bacteria, clean the area prior to attempting to remove the hair.
- 2: Take a warm cloth and soak it in warm to hot water and then place it over the infected area surrounding the ingrown hair for about three minutes. This causes the ingrown hair to loosen up. This sometimes makes the ingrown hairs rise up to the surface. Check the area and repeat with the cloth until it comes up to the surface.
- 3: Use your tweezers to lift the infected hair gently from the hair follicle. Next you can pluck out the hair and if it has sufficiently loosened up from the warm towel, it should come out quite simply.
- 4: After you have removed the hair, use an application of hydrogen peroxide. After that, apply a bandage if necessary.
$5: Use hydrogen peroxide twice a day to make sure the healing process occurs quicker and prevents the infection from getting worse or spreading.
Necessary Precautions for Avoiding Pubic Hairs that are Ingrown :
- It is easier to remove hairs from the root after you have had a bath or shower because your pores are slightly opened up.
- If you are planning to have your pubic area waxed, you should exfoliate at least a day before. This removes dead skin that can trap ingrown hairs.
- Always wear underwear and clothing that is loose fitting as this will help until the bumps have disappeared.
- Depilatory creams used for the removal of pubic hair are also good to consider. This eliminates the need for shaving on a regular basis, thus reduces the chances of getting ingrowns.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids and the Way They Help in Ingrown Treatment:
AHA’s also known as Alpha Hydroxy Acids when used properly in a skincare regimen for the removal of dead skin cells on the surface layer of the skin. Some AHA’s are also called fruit acids because they are
derived from fruit. They have been studied in various clinical studies and have proved to be very effective for treating fine wrinkles and rejuvenation of the skin. Glycolic acid is the most common AHA. Many cosmetic products today contain AHA’s.
Some cosmetic products make good use of alpha hydroxy acids for the removal of stubborn hairs. Using products that contain glycolic acid will help in mild exfoliation and for the removal of dead skin. This is very helpful in releasing ingrown hairs trapped within the area around the follicle. These products help promote healthy skin that looks great and is free from infection, inflammation, pain and soreness. Hairs that are Ingrown can be very uncomfortable if they are not properly taken care of.