Five Home Remedies for Ingrown Hair

Many persons have probably experienced this condition before. Right after you shave your underarm and legs and everything is looking just fine, suddenly, ingrown hairs appears also commonly known as razor bumps. These hairs curl around and grow back into the skin. These hairs may cause swelling, inflammation, redness and even pain in the area. This problem is nothing serious, but may be little irritating. If you are affected with this problem, read the article carefully in order to find out how to get rid of the problem with some home remedies.

1. Sugar

Sugar can be very effective in treating this problem because it is great exfoliating scrub which can slough off the skin that is blocking the ingrown hair and at the same time it is gentle enough to not cause some irritations. You will need to mix a cup of white sugar with half of cup of extra virgin oil and add 10 drops of lavender essential oil. Apply this mixture on the affected area in circular motions for a few minutes and then rinse off with warm water.

 2. Acne medication

To relieve symptoms of ingrown hairs you can use the same medication you use for acne. Apply salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide on the affected areas few times a day and couple it with daily exfoliation to get rid of this problem. If you do not have acne medication, prepare a paste of water and crushed aspirin and leave the mixture on your skin for about 15 minutes and then wash off with warm water.

3. Baking soda

Baking soda can help also because it has anti-inflammatory properties that easily neutralize the irritation cause by ingrown hairs and soothe the affected area at the same time. Baking soda can help to reduce the redness of the skin. You will need to mix a one to one ratio of baking soda and water and dab it on the area using a cotton ball. Leave it for about 5 minutes and then wash off with cold water. Repeat this procedure two to three times daily.

4. Hot Compress and Tweezers

Hot compress and tweezers can also help to remove the ingrown hairs. You will need to apply the moist, warm compress on the affected area to soften the hair and the skin. This will bring the ingrown hair closer to the surface. Leave the compress on your skin and you will able to see the ingrown hair underneath the skin. Using some sterilized sharp item, such as tweezers or needle, tug on the hair lightly until it comes out.

5. Salt

Mix one and half teaspoon of salt with lukewarm water and gently rub the mixture over the affected area with a cotton ball. Leave it for few minutes and then rinse off with water. Salt is beneficial because it a great exfoliating agent that will slough off the dead skin cells that usually traps the hairs underneath the skin. Repeat this procedure twice daily.