If you are suffering from a case of ingrown hairs, then there is perhaps not much for you to worry about. Ingrown hairs are not as concerning as hair loss. In most cases, the ingrown hair goes away on its own. That being said, you need to be a little careful and not prevent yourself from becoming too complacent. When ingrown hairs are left unattended, they can lead to some major problems for your body. This is particularly true when ingrown hairs become infected and start producing blood and pus.
It is much easier to prevent infections than to treat them. Therefore, you shouldn’t wait till a small bump on your skin turns into a bleeding and infected pustule. There are certain preventive measures that you can take to make sure that you don’t have to be horrified by the sight of a bleeding pustule. One of the simplest and most effective preventive measures when it comes to ingrown hairs is the use of natural homemade remedies. In other words, you use ingredients that are commonly found in the average household to create remedies that will ward off infection and get rid of ingrown hairs.
You do not need to go under the knife, opt for a laser treatment, apply expensive topical solutions or take pills to alleviate ingrown hairs from your body. All you really need to do is prepare and apply any one of the following homemade ingrown hair remedies on a regular basis:
1) The Salt Remedy
The minute granules of salt have exfoliating properties that can be hugely beneficial for your skin. They are basically useful in removing dead cells from the surface and the pores of the skin. When dead skin cells accumulate, they clog the hair follicles. This forces the hair to take a different path on its way out of the skin. As a result, the hair undergoes a curved growth through the skin tissue. In addition to being a wonderful exfoliating agent, salt can increase your blood circulation and enhance the rate of healing. All of this reduces the swelling on your skin within a very short period of time.
To create the ingrown hair salt remedy, you need a teaspoon of salt, a cup of water and a cotton ball. Add the salt to the water and mix it well. Then dip the cotton ball in the saltwater mixture. Squeeze the cotton ball to release some of the mixture and then gently apply the cotton on the affected region of your skin. The ingrown hair is drawn out by the salt as it exfoliates and cleanses the skin.
This remedy should be repeated on a daily basis till you no longer feel the presence of ingrown hairs on your face or any other part of your body. If you think that the saltwater solution is giving you red or irritated skin, then you should stop immediately and seek the help of a dermatologist.
2) The Sugar Scrub
The sugar granules are not as minute as those of salt. Hence, sugar is a gentler exfoliating agent compared to salt. It performs the basic function of any exfoliating agent i.e. removal of dead cells from the surface and pores of your skin. Sugar can be plainly used with water, but it is a better option to combine it with essential oils such as jojoba or olive oil. These oils are known to add a touch of softness and a bit of moisture to your skin. It is easier for the ingrown hairs to be released if the skin stays hydrated and moist. You can also use tea tree oil and lavender oil to boost the exfoliating properties of the sugar scrub.
To make the remedy, you need a cup of sugar, half a cup of jojoba oil, ten drops of tea tree oil and ten drops of lavender oil (the last two ingredients are optional). All the ingredients should then be combined thoroughly. The resultant mixture should be applied to the affected area of your skin. Scrub gently in circulation motion for about 3 minutes. Wash off with water.
The sugar scrub can be used daily for about 7 days at a stretch.
3) The Apple Cider Vinegar Remedy
Apple cider vinegar is rich in acetic acid. This acid is a fantastic micro-bacterial agent. The anti-bacterial properties of the apple cider vinegar are known to ward off infection. This is why apple cider vinegar is deemed as a wonderful acne remedy that can also be used to treat ingrown hair and clogged pores.
The remedy can be prepared very simply by dipping a cotton ball into two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Apply the cotton ball gently on the surface of the infected area. Smear the apple cider vinegar over the bumps and the irritated skin. Do not wash off the smeared vinegar for at least a few hours. It is preferable that you let it stay overnight.
Apply the remedy on a daily basis till you get rid of the cyst on your skin.