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I Hate Ingrown Hairs!

Body hair gone haywire is not a pretty sight

young man shaving the  beard with the razorStrange bumps have sprung up on your body, but they aren’t pimples. Not hives either. Could they be ingrown hairs?

Argh! What are these things?

An ingrown hair is, literally, hair that grows into the skin. The most common symptoms of an ingrown hair are redness and inflammation of the skin, followed by pus formation.

In men, ingrown hairs often pop up on the chin, cheeks or neck after a shave. For women, ingrown hairs are common on the legs, pubic area and armpits.

Why is this happening to me?

Close ShaveFemale shaving underarm with razor

Shaving in the opposite direction of hair growth, or too close to your skin, may cause ingrown hair.

Wax and Wane

When you wax, the hair that does not come off completely may curl back into the skin, leaving a tiny bump on it. Repeated waxing on an area which has ingrown hair may worsen the condition.

Dead End

Dead skin cells block pores and hair follicles, making it difficult for hair to grow outwards. Instead, hair grows inside the follicles.

Sprout Out

Those with excesiStock_000048190656_Largesive hair growth are prone to ingrown hair as they undergo hair removal methods more frequently. To make things worse, thick hair does not come off so easily!

Please, tell me what I can do!

Follow these simple guidelines to help prevent ingrown hairs:

  • Before shaving, rub your face (or other body part) in a circular motion with a wet cloth or exfoliating scrub to tease out stubborn hairs.Rasur / Shaving
  • Use as few strokes of the razor as possible. This reduces the chance of hair slipping back into your skin.
  • Don’t shave too close to your skin. Leave a bit of stubble.
  • Scrub off dead skin cells that accumulate over time so your skin is free from blackheads and ingrowth.

Dastardly Disposition

Two conditions predispose people to ingrown hairs:

  1. Pilonidal sinus– an indentation located above the cleft of the buttocks: An ulcer may develop, which can secrete pus and cause pain. This condition is common among young men with a lot of body hair.
  2. Pseudofolliculitis– where acne-like pimples appear on the face, also known as “razor bumps”.

Consult a doctor if you have either of the above conditions, or experience a chronic ingrown hair condition. A pilonidal sinus that causes repeated problems often must be cut out. Pseudofolliculitis cannot be treated or prevented – most men with this condition simply stop shaving and grow beards. In the case of chronic ingrown hairs, your doctor may remove them permanently through laser or cream application.

Kelly Ng
Posted by ezyhealth on Jan 8 2015. Filed under Wellness. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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