When the time comes for bikini and enjoying the beach, all women mostly start to panic as they have problems with the ingrown hair on their legs. They really want to have them gone and are embarrassed to wear skirts or shorts. All they want are smooth and silky legs. Here, we’ve decided to present you the most perfect solution to this problem.
Ingrown hair appears when it starts to curl back or grows sideways in the skin. This only causes inflammation and infection which creates a sore that becomes filled with pus. It is very painful, but also unattractive as it can only spread and make things worse.
This type of hair can appear anywhere, but the 3 most common areas where it appears are on the legs, on the groins and the underarms. There women shave regularly. It can appear as a result of waxing and shaving.
HOW TO TREAT INGROWN HAIR OR INFLAMMATION
- Aloe or a Hydrocortisone Cream
If there is a mild case of ingrown hair that looks like small bumps because the razor was too close to the skin, it would be best to be treated with hydrocortisone cream or aloe. Dermatologists claim that it will soothe the bumps and decrease the inflammation.
When the ingrown hair appears as a sore that’s filled with puss, it is recommended to be treated using a process in 3 steps:
1. First, soak the sore using a cloth that you dipped in some warm water. The skin will be softened and the top of the sore will drop off.
2. Try to take the hair gently with a pair of tweezers. Pull the free ingrown end out without plucking out the entire hair. If you pull out the whole hair, the chance of further infection can be increased.
3. Put some benzoyl peroxide to soothe the affected area.
- Hypericum perforatum
This is a plant of the genus Hypericum and it is actually a yellow flowering plant. It possesses very powerful medicinal and anti-inflammatory properties. Its most effective components are numerous polyphenols and hyperforin.
The traditional folk medicine prepares a type of oil with this plant. It is called Perforate St John’s wort oil and it is only used internally. It is prepared from freshly collected pieces of the plant that is put into large glass jars. They are filled with olive oil and left to stay like that in the sun. The heat and light cause a process called photolytic decomposition of some components like hypericin etc. That creates red colored hyperforin which passes in the oil.
Use several drops of this oil to apply them on the skin. The area should be massaged gently. This should be repeated several times a day until the first results start to appear. The first results will appear in only several weeks depending on the type and severity of the skin condition.
- Massage with a moisturizer
The affected area or the scars should be applied with a thick moisturizer. It will increase the blood flow in that area and the skin will become hydrated. When the blood flow is increased, it stimulates the production of collagen in your skin and that heals and treats any problem efficiently.
- Eat a well-balanced diet
A well-balanced diet that includes plenty of vitamin C and zinc including potatoes, citrus fruits, broccoli, beef and peanuts is extremely important. These are the most essential nutrients that will help you speed up the healing process in your skin because of an injury and after that. These are the nutrients that build collagen tissue around your blood vessels, so your skin becomes restored.
- Consult a dermatologist
If you want to use any chemical peel that will help you to remove the damaged layers of the skin, consult a dermatologist so that you can be certain that it will help you eliminate the appearance of scars.
HOW TO PREVENT GETTING INGROWN HAIR
Ingrown hairs mostly appear because of the type of razor you’re using. Make sure you never use a typical men’s multi-blade style razor. It cuts hairs so that they retract below the skin so that they can give a smoother shaving experience for a man’s face. Because of that, the chance for those hairs to curl beneath the skin and become ingrown become increased significantly.
4 steps to proper shaving technique for women:
1. Make sure you always exfoliate the skin briefly. That will help you remove the dead skin and prepare the specific area for shaving.
2. After that, apply a lubricating shave gel. It will help you soften the skin and the hairs, too.
3. You should use a single-blade razor for women that will cut your hairs at skin level and not below the skin.
4. In the end, apply a cool compress on your skin. It will soothe your skin and prevent bumps to appear.