Ingrown hair is painful and unsightly, but rather than being just one of the discomforts you need to put up with in the quest for effective hair removal, ingrown hairs are totally preventable and unnecessary.
Ingrown hair is an extremely common problem for both sexes, particularly due to shaving and waxing. Symptoms of ingrown hair include rash and itchy skin around one or more hair follicles, while infected ingrown hair can present with slight swelling and redness and a raised pustule around the affected follicle. But what causes ingrown hairs in the first place?
What are the common Causes of Ingrown Hair?
Waxing, depilatory and hair minimising creams, shaving and plucking often result in side effects such as scaring, rashes, redness, infections are all forms of preventable ingrown hairs.
Procedures such as shaving blunt the end of the hair which may then cause the hair to find difficulty in pushing through the skin. The sebaceous glands excrete more sebum to lubricate the hair to assist it in pushing through, but this is not always successful often resulting in painful infected ingrown hair with untreated infection at times resulting in an abscess. At best, pimple like eruptions and redness can occur while waxing may also rupture the fine capillaries beneath the skin resulting in bruising.
Waxing causes ingrown due to the hairs being pulled in the incorrect direction, which damages and slightly moves the hair follicle, so when a hair is released it grows in the incorrect direction. Due to constant growth and sebum being released usually boils may occur if infection sets in.
There are products on the market with some success in treating ingrown hairs and preventing in grown hair, but it makes far more sense to simply and more effectively avoid the causes in the first place.
Where Do Ingrown Hairs Occur?
Ingrown hairs can be experienced on any area of the body. Men chiefly experience facial ingrown hair as well as chest and back ingrown hair, while women often experience the discomfort of legs, armpit and bikini line ingrown hair. With the rise in Brazilian waxing, Brazilian ingrown hairs are increasingly present in the pubic area.
How to Treat and Prevent Ingrown Hairs
Preventing ingrown hairs in the first place is by far the most convenient and painless way to stop ingrown hairs.
Laser hair removal is the only medical cure to ingrown. They can treat existing and prevent further ingrown occurring. There is no need for antibiotics to heal and remove the ingrown!
Candela Alexandrite lasers provide a comfortable ingrown hair solution through removing unwanted hair without causing damage and with no ingrown hair as a result. Working in conjunction with a dynamic cooling device which simultaneously freezes the skin around the hair follicle, protecting the cells and blocking out pain, lasers are a more comfortable and effective method.
Customers should only attend clinics using Candela Alexandrite medically approved lasers as the Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) machines are too broad spectrum and can result in damage without achieving optimal results. Quick, highly accurate lasers target the hair follicle causing it to become sterile over time, and are suitable for sensitive areas such as faces and pubic areas, as well as chests, backs and legs.
Laser hair removal is ideal for both preventing and getting rid of ingrown hair while achieving a distinct thinning and fining of existing hair, making each maintenance treatment faster and easier, Laser by Sia is a leader in preventing ingrown hairs.
For those inclined to experience naturally occurring ingrown hair caused through blocked pores or an accumulation of dead skin, prevention can be achieved through treatments such as chirally corrected peels and mediderm visage treatments.