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What helps with ingrown hairs?

Ingrown hairs itch, can become painfully inflamed and visible as red dots on the skin. In short, they are simply annoying. But how does the beauty problem actually come about and – more importantly – what helps with ingrown hairs? Tikbow explains causes and gives tips for prevention.

How do ingrown hairs develop?

Ingrown hairs are small hairs that grow under the skin instead of out of it. People with curly and thick hair are particularly affected; these curl more quickly, are more stubborn and thus grow back into the skin more easily or do not grow out of it at all.

In addition to the hair structure, the way the hair is handled is also crucial. Ingrown hairs usually occur in those areas where hairs are regularly removed with a razor or epilator. This often concerns the underarm area, the legs and the intimate zone. Shaving creates a sharp edge on the hair, which causes it to grow in the wrong direction. In addition, the hair in the intimate area and under the armpits grows thicker and curlier, which makes ingrowth even easier. Dead skin scales can also be a reason for ingrown hairs: pores become clogged and as a result the hair grows in a different direction. In addition, too tight clothing can also be an aggravating factor.

How can you prevent them?

In general, it is best not to shave again until all ingrown hairs have been removed and the skin is smooth and free of inflammation. Especially in the intimate area, where the skin is particularly sensitive, you should give it rest and care after shaving to avoid ingrown hairs. If you do not want to give up shaving, a peeling that prevents clogging of the pores can have a preventive effect. The hair should then be removed in the direction of growth. It is best to use products that soften the hair, i.e. shaving gel or foam, for each shave. After peeling and shaving, the skin should be provided with a mild moisturizer. .

What to do about already ingrown hairs?

An ingrown hair can be recognized by small red pimples and bumps, which can often be itchy and painful. If the hair is already clearly inflamed, it is better to seek expert advice. An unprofessional removal attempt can otherwise result in inflammation, abscesses or scars.

If the skin is not yet inflamed, you can, on the other hand, carefully try to loosen and remove the hair. To do this, first place a warm washcloth on the affected area and let the heat work for a few minutes. This soothes the skin and helps it to open the pores. This ideally allows the hair to find its way out. In addition, exfoliation can help to remove dandruff and cornification. The ingrown hair can then be carefully removed with sterile tweezers. Disinfect the area well afterwards.