Have you ever had to deal with ingrowing hairs? This is a prevalent problem in certain parts of the world and in the case of specific types of people. People with curly hair, and most especially African-Americans, can be prone to the disorder, together with those who shave too often or using improper equipment.
Regardless of the causes, the prevention of ingrown hairs is one of the major goals you have to consider. Prevention is far easier and more convenient than any of the treatments involved, and it can save you from a lot of problems down the line.
What Are Ingrown Hairs?
The condition that causes your hair to grow sideways and penetrate the skin at an odd angle is most commonly known as ingrown hair. This condition, however, is usually just a problem caused by coarse hair or the careless treatment of hair. It can occur particularly often after shaving or waxing, and it has been known to appear on the legs, arms, pubic regions and in other areas of the body as well.
Anything that can cause hairs to split off or be broken or cut off at sharp angles can lead to ingrown hairs. This is because the sharper the hair will be, the easier it will enter the skin, and potentially become the cause of intense pain, rashes and even infection.
The main symptoms of ingrown hairs include itchy skin and rashes, as well as hairs that remain in spite of multiple shaving sessions. Infection can also result from ingrown hair in some cases, and a red-colored razor bump may accompany it, similar in appearance to a common pimple.
Fortunately, there are many efficient solutions for ingrown hairs. You can remove them using tweezers, use electrolysis, apply certain prophylactic treatments, or use products using alcohol-based formulas designed to prevent the ingrowing of hair.
In most cases, experts will tell you that prevention should be the leading goal in dealing with the problem. Unlike a disease, ingrown hairs can be avoided with a little care and preparation, and depending on the approach, the prevention procedures can be quite painless, as well as convenient.
What Causes Ingrown Hairs
The exact causes of ingrown hairs can vary widely, however, to put it simply, anyone can develop ingrown hair. Most commonly, people with coarse or thick, curly hair will develop it more frequently. Curly hair is particularly prone to bend back and enter the skin again while growing, especially once it was trimmed or shaved.
Another possible cause can be represented by certain types of sex hormones that cause excessive hair growth. These hormones are more commonly associated with African-Americans and Hispanic individuals with curly or coarse hair. They are the most prone to developing a type of ingrown hair known as pseudofolliculitis or “razor bumps.”
Shaving and waxing are considered the main cause of developing ingrown hairs, however, simply using tight clothing can often lead to the same problem as well.
How to Avoid Getting Ingrowing Hairs
The easiest way to avoid ingrown hairs is to stop shaving. Waxing and shaving can escalate the issue considerably, and could render almost any method of prevention ineffective. That being said, there are a few techniques you can use successfully, even if you shave:
- Take precautions by preparing your skin before shaving. Use a wet washcloth or an exfoliating scrub to rub the skin in a circular motion, in order to discourage any possible ingrown hairs.
- Also, you can try washing your skin and applying a gentle lubricating gel before you shave.
- When shaving, remember to apply a proper amount of shaving cream in order to prevent hair from being forced into the skin during the process.
- Use fewer strokes of the razor to prevent hairs from slipping back into the skin.
- After every stroke, it is recommended that you use water to rinse the blade.
- Apply a cool washcloth to your skin after shaving.
- Why not keep the hair off permanently in that area by using laser hair removal or electrolysis?
- As a shaving alternative, you can also opt for an effective beard trimmer and set it to its lowest setting – usually about 1 mm or 0.5 mm.
These are just a few efficient methods of preventing ingrown hairs. Even if you are used to shaving, they should help you have an easier time, and avoid the unwanted pain and irritation resulting from ingrowing hair.