Causes of Ingrown Hair
Ingrown hair as the name implies, occurs when the end of the hair is cut resulting in a sharpened edge that as it grows, curls back into the same hair follicle and results into an inflammation or pus. Ingrown hair is very common among people who have very curly hair. It is mostly happens in the beard and bikini area.
Cause of ingrown hair is stiff hair. People who have stiff hair do have a chance of having more of ingrown hair. Lack of moisture in the skin can also cause this problem. Building up of dead skin cell layer may also block the hair from coming out and force it to curl inside.
Hair growing in a curly manner may by itself get curled in the skin before penetrating outside. Improper shaving techniques can also cause ingrown hair. Some hair removal techniques may also cause irritation to the hair follicle.
The symptoms of ingrown hair result into an inflammation. It may develop into pus. Causes lot of itching in that particular area. Slight pain in the area of an ingrown hair is may be experienced. Sometimes gives tingling feeling to the wound. At times it can develop into a rash.
Ingrown Hair Treatment
There is no particular treatment of an ingrown hair. It generally settles on its own. In some cases the inflammation ruptures and the pus comes out, it then heals in due course of time. Ingrown hair can be removed manually by hand or special tweezers. If the hair is allowed to grow long it might help in curing problem of ingrown hair. Shaving in the opposite direction or using electrical shaver may help solve the problem. Using of facial scrubs and towels may also help in removing ingrown hair. Then there are some permanent hair removal treatments that can help like electrolysis, depilatory. These techniques are time consuming and expensive.
It is advisable to visit a skin specialist or a physician in very chronic cases of ingrown hair. If the inflammation and pus is developing too often it is always better to take an opinion from a dermatologist and take proper treatment.
Ingrown Hair Prevention
To prevent ingrown hair, you are advised to scrub your skin at regular intervals so as to avoid the accumulation of dead skin. Also scrub your skin well 3 days after hair removal for a period of 3 consecutive days while bathing.