Do weird bumps spring up on your face after shaving?
Do they resemble pimples?
Are you wondering – What they could be?
They’re neither pimples nor hives.
Actually, you’re struggling with the problem of ingrown hair.
Ingrown hair is the hair that has curled and grown back into the skin instead of rising up.
This happens because sometimes dead skin clogs up the hair follicles present on the surface.
This tends to force the hair to grow under the skin in sideways, instead of outward and upward. Though ingrown hair isn’t benign, but it can be embarrassing and irritating.
It usually appears as a small or pink bump on the skin.
If you want to know more about ingrown hair, then you can read my previous article, especially dedicated to these annoying bumps.
Here are some hassle-free home remedies to get rid of ingrown hair
1. Make Best Out of Waste with Out-of-date Bread and Milk
Instead of throwing away the expired bread, use it for warm milk and bread compress.
It might sound silly but it worked for me, especially on a looped ingrown hair.
- 1 cup warm milk
- Bread slices
- Warm some milk but don’t make it too hot. Otherwise you’ll burn yourself.
- Now, dip a piece of bread in the milk.
- Place the bread on the ingrown hair and keep it there for 2-3 minutes or until the bread cools down.
- Repeat this process for another 10 minutes.
- After that, check if the pore has opened up. if so, use a sterile needle to pull the loop out and free it.
If you can’t see the opening, then repeat the dip and hold and if it still fails to open, then see your health professional.
2. Baking Soda to End Most of Your Skin Problems
Because its anti-inflammatory properties help in reducing redness and provide a soothing effect.
The anti-fungal properties of baking soda prevent any infections that may be caused due to pus- filled ingrown hair.
Also, it helps in exfoliating skin and reduces the discomfort caused due to itching.
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 1 cup of water
- Mix baking soda with water and mix them well.
- Apply this paste on the affected area and leave it for 5-8 minutes.
- Then, wash it off with water and repeat it twice a day.
You can also try another method of ingrown hair removal.
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon oatmeal
- Make a scrub by mixing baking soda, oatmeal and water in equal quantities.
- Apply this paste on the areas affected with ingrown hair and leave it for 5 minutes.
- After that, wash with water and dry the area completely.
Don’t forget to moisturize your skin daily as this is the best way to prevent those stupid razor bumps.
3. Tea Tree Oil- The King of Every Home Remedy
Tea tree oil has many antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties that help the skin to heal fast and also prevent infections.
- 4-5 drops of tea tree oil
- 2 tablespoons of distilled water
- Cotton ball
- Add tea tree oil to distilled water.
- Cleanse the affected area with an antibacterial soap.
- Now, simply apply the diluted tea tree oil with a cotton ball on the ingrown hair.
- Leave it for 10 minutes and then wash the area with lukewarm water.
Do this twice a day as the oil will facilitate the hair to come out from beneath the skin and prevent further growth of ingrown hair.
You can also add a few drops of tea tree oil to your body wash and use it to clean your body every day.
4. Benzoyl Peroxide for Ingrown Hair
Antibiotics (oral or topical cream) like erythromycin, benzoyl peroxide, and clindamycin are used to treat ingrown hair which is filled with pus and is infected.
Benzoyl peroxide is topically used to treat acnes, so it can also help in getting rid of improper hair growth.
Simply apply benzoyl peroxide to the affected area several times during the day, for a week.
This’ll remove all the dead skin around the affected area, which if one of the reasons that you’ve ingrown hair.
Also, it’ll cut the bump or swelling which will make it easier for the hair to grow out.
5. Black Tea Bags to Defeat Stubborn Ingrown Hair
Black tea has a high concentration of tannic acid which makes the skin smooth and reduces inflammation and redness.
Therefore, it can help in removing ingrown hair.
- Black teabag
- 1 teaspoon of coconut water
- 1 cup water
- Cotton ball
- Keep the tea bag in water for some time.
- Then, squeeze out the water from the tea bag into a bowl.
- Add 1 teaspoon of coconut water to the tea water.
- Now, dip a cotton ball into the mixture, and place it gently on the irritated skin.
- Repeat this twice a day until you see the desired results.
Alternatively, rub a warm teabag over the affected area for 3-4 minutes every day, for several consecutive days to bid adieu to those obstinate ingrown hairs.
6. Aspirin to Your Rescue
It can also help in alleviating redness and inflammation, the two most common symptoms of ingrown hairs.
Its anti-inflammatory properties reduce swelling, fight inflammation and treat mild infection.
Also, the salicylic acid present in it scrubs away dead skin to loosen the offending hair.
- 2 aspirin tablets
- 1 teaspoon of warm water
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- Soak aspirin tablets in warm water until it forms a paste-like consistency.
- Now, add honey to the paste.
- Apply this paste to the affected area and leave it for 10 minutes.
- In the end, wash it off with warm water and gently pat the skin dry.
You’ve to follow this remedy once or twice a week to see the results.
NOTE: If you’ve a highly sensitive skin, then don’t follow this remedy.
7. Egg Membrane- A Blessing in Disguise
For something which is usually thrown away with the shell, egg membrane actually has very interesting uses.
It provides efficient defense against bacterial invasion, therefore it can be used to remove your pesky ingrown hair.
- Egg membrane
- Take out the membrane from inside an eggshell.
- Carefully apply it on the problem area.
- Let it dry for a few minutes and shrink around the area.
- Once dry, and then pull it off. The ingrown will come out with it.
I hope that these home remedies for ingrown hair will make your ingrown hair a thing of past.
Also, keep in mind that improper shaving is the main cause of this problem.
So brush up your shaving skills.
If you’ve other ways to get rid ingrown hair, then don’t be selfish and share them with other readers in the comments.