Deal­ing with in­grown hairs

Sunday Trust - - BEAUTY - by HAF­SAH A. MATAZU With ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion from the in­ter­net

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.

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