Ingrown hairs are one of the biggest complaints about epilation, and rightfully so. They’re unsightly and painful. For those of you who don’t know, an ingrown hair is a hair that curls back into itself. When the hair can’t break through the surface of the skin, it grows underneath the skin’s surface layer. What you’re left with is a big red, painful bump that doesn’t look too pretty.
Unfortunately, ingrown hairs are a common side effect of shaving and epilation (although there are easy ways to prevent them). But you don’t have to live with them forever. There are simple ways to treat ingrown hairs. Here’s how:
Tweezers or Medical Device
One easy way to get rid of ingrown hairs is to use sterile tweezers or a special medical device designed for ingrown hairs. Either of these tools can be used to gently (and I do mean gently) tease the hair up out of the skin.
But before you run to the bathroom and grab your tweezers, it’s important to do a little prep work and use the right technique.
- Start by using a warm compress on the affected area. This will bring the hair up to the surface.
- Use the tweezer or medical device to gently coax the hair out.
You may not get the hair on the first try, so don’t give up right away. Be gentle when you do this. You don’t want to cut the skin, and you don’t want to dig around to get the hair out either.
The Egg Trick
Grab an egg, and peel off the membrane inside of the shell. Apply the membrane to the problem area, and let it sit until it hardens and shrinks. Once it’s dry, pull it off. The ingrown hair should come out with the membrane.
This trick really only works with hairs that are close to the surface. If the hair is really ingrown, you may need to try a more aggressive approach or see you dermatologist.
Acne Medication and Exfoliation
Ingrown hairs are (marginally) similar to acne, especially if the hair is accompanied by pus. Try applying acne medication, like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, a few times a day for several days. Don’t forget to exfoliate, too. The medication and exfoliation should be enough to remove the ingrown hair.
Bread and Warm Milk
This trick is a little strange, I’ll admit. But it works pretty well. I’m fairly certain that the heat is the reason why this method works, and that bread and milk don’t really have any magical powers against ingrown hairs.
Whatever the case may be, this method is something that most of us can try, and it won’t cost us a cent.
- Start out by warming up some milk. You don’t need much. Take care not to heat the milk to a scalding temperature. Lukewarm will suffice.
- Dip a slice of bread into the milk.
- Place the bread on the affected area.
- Let the bread sit until it cools; about two minutes.
- Repeat, and let the bread sit for 10 minutes.
- Remove the bread and check for an opening in the pore.
If you see an opening, you can use a sterile needle or tweezers to gently pull the loop of hair up through the skin. If you can’t see the opening, you can repeat the process again, but you’ll more than likely need the help of your dermatologist to remove it in this case.