Scars From Ingrown Hairs

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Ingrown Hair Scars

Ingrown hairs are caused by shaved or tweezed hair growing back at an angle that is not normal. This can irritate and may leave scarring.

Ingrown hairs are common for people who have dense hair growth. They can also occur in any part of the body. Folliculitis cutis (or pseudofolliculitis) is painful when coarse hair is removed abruptly from the skin.

Painful papules may form over ingrown hairs. These may turn into pus-containing pustules if you pinch or tweeze the hair. This can worsen the irritation and inflammation. It can cause scarring and blemishes if not adequately treated.

Ingrown hairs can happen anywhere on the body. However, it is most common around the neckline, armpits, pubic region, pubic area, and around nipples.

How To Get Rid Of Ingrown Hair Scars ?

Avoiding inflammation and redness is the best way for scarring. Do not poke or tweeze ingrown hairs. These are the best ways to treat ingrown hairs:

Benzoyl Peroxide

Benzoyl Peroxide (as monotherapy is beneficial in decreasing inflammation and minimizing infection. Combining clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide also soothes ingrown hair inflammation.

Extract of Onion

The effectiveness of onion extract in preventing scarring and soft ingrown hairs is not supported by scientific evidence. Studies have shown that 12% onion extract gel prevents scarring from surgical wounds. It may help to prevent ingrown hair scarring.

Green Tea

Camellia sinensis green tea contains powerful antioxidants and polyphenols. Skin inflammation can be reduced and may improve skin conditions. Green tea extract can also reduce inflammation and scarring caused by ingrown hairs.

Silicone Gel

Silicone is an emollient that keeps the skin moisturized, essential for scar management. Silicone gel sheets can be used to reduce scarring. Silicone products can be used to moisturize the skin and prevent scarring.

Laser scar removal can be used to remove ingrown hair scars. Laser hair removal is a long-term treatment for scarless, hairless skin.

Prevention is the best treatment. You can reduce scarring and ingrown hairs by following a few easy steps.

How To Prevent Ingrown Hairs ?

Avoid scratching your hair.

It is best to leave ingrown hairs alone. Most often, the problem will disappear after a time. Even if the issue does not resolve, irritating the area or picking at it will only worsen it and cause scarring. Instead, soothe the affected area and consult a dermatologist to get treatment.

Follow the Basic Skin Care Guidelines

To prevent ingrown hair scarring, a simple solution is to use a proper skincare routine. Regular exfoliation is recommended to keep the skin moisturized. To remove dead skin cells and improve the skin’s texture, use body and face washes containing salicylic acid or AHAs. This will help keep your skin healthy and minimize the chance of developing ingrown hairs.

Visit the Salon

Ingrown hairs are more likely to develop if you wax at home. This is because the wax strips are not pulled evenly, and the product can cause skin irritation. Visit a salon to have the procedure performed by professionals. Use a sharp, single-blade razor if you’re shaving at home to avoid ingrown hairs and cuts. To prevent ingrown hairs, you can also use hair removal lotions.

Infographic: Home Remedies for Ingrown Hair Scars

Ingrown hairs can cause irritation and inflammation to the skin. If they aren’t treated properly, they can cause scarring. The skin will look reddish and unattractive.

The infographic below will show you some simple and effective ways to deal with ingrown hair scars.

Ingrown hair results from hair growing at an unusual angle to those who tweeze or shave their hair often. The hair gets trapped under the skin and forms a bump. Ingrown hair scars can be created by pulling or plucking this hair. You can soothe inflammation and reduce discomfort with benzoyl peroxide or green tea. You can use simple steps to prevent scarring, like following a skincare regimen or visiting a salon.


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