**** This is a guest posts by Jane Stanbrook ****
I prefer using razors to remove hair from my legs, arms and bikini areas since waxing gives me rashes. The price I always pay for this is ingrown hair. For a long time, I believed that the use of expensive exfoliating products was the only sure way of getting rid of ingrown hair, but that as until I stumbled upon some the cheapest, simplest and most efficient methods of getting rid of ingrown hair (they mainly affect my legs, so that was goodbye to skirts). I would like to share this remedies with all the beautiful ladies (and handsome gents) going through similar problems.
Your shaving technique as well as the tools you use can play an important role in preventing the occurrence of ingrown hairs. When shaving, try using a sharp new razor blade to get a close shave and avoid shaving the hairs at an angle. Shaving hairs at an angle makes them more likely to curve or roll up slightly thus piercing the skin. I also use a moisturizing shaving gel or cream to prevent the skin from getting irritated or cut by the razor. The razor should be well rinsed after every stroke. I also take care to not pull the skin too tight when shaving.
4 simple home remedies for ingrown hairs
While I have always tried to prevent ingrown hairs from developing, this is not always possible; a few hairs always end up getting stuck into the skin. Below are 4 of the best methods I use to treat ingrown hairs;
1. Use of a Washcloth
Rough up your skin using a washcloth before shaving or going to bed. Wet the cloth in warm water then rub it onto your skin in a circular motion for a minute or so. Gently rubbing your skin using a washcloth will exfoliate the skin and help dislodge any hairs stuck in it. It would also straighten curved hairs and prevent them from growing back into your skin.
2. Physically removing the ingrown hairs
While the physical removal of ingrown hairs is quite easy, the best results can only be achieved by prepping the skin and applying the right post care. If your hair is infected or your skin is severely inflamed, avoid this option since you may only irritate the skin further.
i) Cleansing – using a mild cleanser, wipe the skin to get rid of debris and dirt from the skin's surface. Take a warm washcloth and apply it over the area for a few minutes, this would soften and relax the skin, making it easier for the hair follicle to come to the surface.
ii) Tweezers – use specially designed tweezers to remove ingrown hairs. After sanitizing the tweezers with alcohol, gently grab the hair and only pull out the ends growing into the skin, not out of it.
iii) Shave and disinfect the hair – once all the hair has been pulled out of the skin, shave it if it's grown longer than the sounding hair then apply a small amount of hydrogen peroxide to prevent infection.
Sugar is a gentle exfoliating agent that can be used to remove dead cells and help the hair point back out of the skin. When sugar is combined with the hydrating properties of jojoba or olive oil, the skin becomes more pliable thus making it easier for ingrown hair to be released. To achieve the best results, take one cup of white cane sugar, add a ½ cup of jojoba or virgin olive oil and mix with 20 drops of essential oil
i) After wetting the affected area, take a small amount of the prepared scrub and work the area in a circular motion using your fingers or a wash cloth for five or so minutes.
ii) Rinse off the scrub and leftover oil. The remaining scrub can be stored in an airtight container for future use.
4. Aspirin mask
Aspirin contains salicylic acid, a power exfoliating agent used in most expensive ingrown hair removal products. The acid has strong dehydrating properties so it should probably be used with jojoba oil to help replenish the lost moisture.
i) Place a glass bowl in some hot water and add ½ tsp of jojoba oil and 1 tsp of honey. Using honey in this recipe helps prevent bacterial infection, moisturize the skin and reduce the swelling.
ii) Take three or four uncoated aspirin tablets and crush them in mortar. Remove the bowl containing the mixture of honey and jojoba oil from the hot water and add the crushed aspirin. If it becomes too thick, add a little water or more oil. It shouldn't be as thick as other masks but it would work just fine.
iii) Using your fingertips, apply the mask over the area with ingrown hairs and let it dry for about ten minutes then rinse it off using hot water. Pat the area dry to ensure that all traces of mask are gone. You can use the aspirin mask once or twice a week depending on how severe your condition is.
These home remedies for ingrown hairs are a great way to keep your skin looking good without spending too much money. However, you must ensure that you are not allergic to any of the products used. Please consult your doctor if you experience any allergic reactions. I hope these simple remedies will offer you all the benefits I have enjoyed from using them.