Natural Remedies for In-grown Hairs

In-grown hairs, also known as razor bumps and psuedofolliculitis barbae, are small, raised, irritated and sometimes puss filled bumps that occur on the skin after shaving. They are caused by shaving curly hairs that twist back and grow into the skin. In order to completely relieve yourself of them, you may have to stop shaving. If you can’t stop shaving you’ll have to release the hair from the skin yourself.

How can I tell if I have in-grown hairs?

If you have the following symptoms after shaving you probably have in-grown hairs or razor bumps:

  • Small, raised irritated bumps
  • Small, puss filled bumps similar to acne

 

How can I prevent in-grown hairs?

  • Before shaving, follow these simple steps to help prevent in-grown hairs or razor bumps.
  • Take a hot shower, this opens the pores and softens the hair.
  • Use shaving cream or gel that’s thick
  • Always shave in the direction of beard growth.
  • Don’t stretch the skin while shaving.
  • Use as few strokes as possible.
  • Rinse with cold water.
  • Use an electric razor with a high frequency.
  • Switch to a single blade disposable razor.
  • Make sure your blades are sharp.

 

How can I treat in-grown hairs?

  • ¬†Use a warm compress to warm and soften the skin, bringing the hair to the surface. Using a sterile needle or tweezers, carefully pull the hair from the skin. Do not dig into the skin. Do not cause bleeding. Do not pluck the hair.
  • If you are concerned about bacteria, do a vinegar soak of one part vinegar to one part water and soak the affected area. You can also make a compress of this mixture and apply it to the affected area.
  • Gently exfoliate the skin.
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