Dealing with ingrown hairs
Ingrown hair can be a nuisance whenever you are unfortunate enough to develop them. These round bumps filled with pus are caused by hairs that grow inwards under the skin and are accompanied with itching and pain.
According to Dr. Aysha Adama of Nisa Hospital Abuja, in most cases, ingrown hairs clear up on their own, but in other cases, they become infected and make the problem more severe.
In order to avoid getting them, here are a few things you should bear in mind.
Stop plucking the hair: Plucking the hair out won’t help, especially if you are using your hands that are full of bacteria. Let it be, it will heal on its own; otherwise, it will spread and leave a scar as well.
Use compresses: This will reduce its size and make the skin softer. You can then go ahead and exfoliate with baking soda or sugar, lemon and honey.
Pull it out only after it has healed: Using a clean pair of tweezers, you can attempt to pull out the hair. If you do this before it heals and breaks the skin, you will risk getting an infection.
Use an ointment: Using creams can help fight the bacteria that caused the ingrown hair and reduce the redness and inflammation. Get something with retinoids as well to clear up dead skin cells that also contribute to developing ingrown hairs.
But if you are very prone to getting ingrown hairs, or have problems with getting rid of it, then you should visit a dermatologist to check it for you and provide a better alternative to rid you of them.