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Home remedies for ingrown hair

Published:Monday | May 28, 2018 | 12:00 AM

There is something about a clean shave that has some women captivated and men oblige, but sometimes, the outcome is more inflamed and uncomfortable due to ingrown hair.

If there is an inflammation, a dermatologist is the right choice. Let them treat it and maintain that sexy, because after all, it is your face, the first thing a person sees. With that being said, there are a few home remedies that can maintain that sexy and prevent discomfort.

There is no shame in using a good facial scrub. Men sometimes forget that they do need to be pampered, too, and exfoliating helps with removing the dead skin that might clog the hair duct.

A sugar scrub, baking soda, or Himalayan pink salt scrub with tea tree oil, peppermint or lavender oil as the choice essential oils will go a far way.

Please remember that even though it is a scrub, never use an essential oil (highly concentrated oils that are plant-based like lavender oil or peppermint and should not be used without being diluted with a carrier oil, such as nut oils like jojoba, coco butter oil and argan oils.

 

THE RIGHT OIL

 

These carrier oils can also be used by themselves; in this case, argan oil or olive oil are the top choices. While coconut oil is good, it can be heavy for certain skin types and you want to eliminate clogging of the pores, so the lighter oils are best. If you have previously used coconut oil and it works well with your skin, then go ahead.

Learn about the oils that are best for your skin. Lavender oil is an anti-inflammatory so a little on a Q-tip placed directly on the area is enough to soothe the inflammation which the ingrown hair causes. The same can be done with tea tree oil. It is known for its healing properties as it pertains to acne. It has the same effects with ingrown hair. However, it is harsher than lavender oil, so it is best to mix it with a carrier oil of choice.

Witch hazel is one of nature's best gifts as it pertains to the skin. While women sometimes use it as a toner, as it helps to prevent acne, it also works wonders with ingrown hairs. It not only reduces swelling, but it heals broken skin and works wonders with inflammation. A must-have and the perk is, if you are having acne troubles in other areas of the skin, it will heal those too.

Now, a common mistake with ingrown hairs is picking and popping it. You can try and use a needle-point tweezer to take out the turned-in end of the hair, once the hair is not completely covered by the skin. Do not try to Google and pierce your skin and dig at it to get the hair. Go to a dermatologist if it is that severe. Also, a little beard is not always a bad thing, so if you know that you have severe ingrown hair opt for a trim instead of a clean shave. Do what makes your skin feels best.

jody-anne.lawrence@gleanerjm.com