Home Remedies to Get Rid of Ingrown Hair
Ingrown hair is generally known as razor bumps that have the strength to grow back into the skin instead of increasing in length from it. Ingrown hair is usually curled and often people of African American community have curly hair observed by the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System.
The razor bumps produced by ingrown hair are appeared just like a pimple and the symptoms occur due to this are redness, swelling, pain and irritation in that area. The most targeted area is when people used to shave to remove the unwanted hair like beard area, under arms, legs and bikini area.
This is not so difficult to deal with but it is uncomfortable and irritating problem for those people who suffer. The lucky thing about ingrown hair is it goes away on its own but sometimes it takes a long process to recover and heal completely. You can try some home remedies that will help in the healing process in order to get rid of the inflammation and redness.
1. Baking Soda
Baking soda helps in keeping the skin smooth as it contains anti-inflammatory properties. It has exfoliating properties too that it helps in reducing the inflammation of the skin.
- Take a bowl and mix one tbsp. of baking soda and one cup of water in it. Take a small piece of cotton ball and dip it in this solution. Dab it gradually on the affected skin then leave it for five minutes then wash it off with cold water. Repeat the remedy two to three times.
- Another option is to make a homemade scrub by missing one tsp of baking soda, one tsp of ground oatmeal and one tbsp. of water. Mix all of them properly as to make a smooth paste. Apply a small amount of this scrub gently on your skin and scrub it for five minutes. After leaving it for few minutes, rinse it off with lukewarm water and gently pat the skin dry. Follow this remedy two times daily.
2. Tea Tree Oil
It has anti-bacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which help in healing and preventing the skin from any infection.
- In two tbsp. of distilled water, add five drops of tea tree oil then apply this dilute mixture on the affected skin. Make sure that you have cleansed the area with antibacterial soap before using this mixture. Leave it for 10 minutes the rinse it off with lukewarm water. Do this remedy twice daily.
- Alternatively, mix one tbsp. of olive oil and three drops of tea tree oil then apply the mixture on the affected area then massage gently for few minutes. Leave it for 10 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water. Follow the remedy twice daily.
Aspirin has soothing properties so it helps in reducing the redness and inflammation occur due to ingrown hair. Salicylic acid is present in aspirin which scrubs away the dead skin as to make the wrong hair loosen.
- In one tsp of warm water, soak two tablets of aspirin until it dissolves and appears in the form of a paste-like uniformity.
- Now add one tsp of honey to the paste.
- Apply this paste on the affected area then leave it for 10 minutes.
- Wash it off with warm water then pat dry the skin.
- Follow this remedy once or twice a week.
Salt has many advantages regarding to your skin. It is known as the exfoliating agent so it promotes healing, reduces swelling and increases blood circulation.
- Take a cup filled with lukewarm water then add one and one-half tsp of table salt in it.
- Now dip a cotton ball in this solution and gently use it to rub the affected parts of the skin.
- Leave the mixture on the skin for few minutes then rinse it off with water.
- Do this remedy twice daily until the ingrown hair is all clear.
5. Sugar Scrub
Scrubbing is the most effective way to get rid of ingrown hair. Scrub is always made from sugar so everybody knows that sugar helps in the exfoliation process to the skin that removes dead cells and stops the inflammation regarding ingrown hair. It will also make your skin soft and smooth.
- In a bowl, add one cup of sugar and one-half cup of extra-virgin olive or jojoba oil.
- Stir it well then add 10 drops of tea tree oil and lavender essential oil.
- Apply just a little amount of this scrub on the affected area.
- Scrub the skin slowly in circular motion for few minutes then rinse the area with lukewarm water.
- Use this remedy for twice a week. You can save the scrub by putting it in an airtight jar or container to use again.