7 Amazing Ways to Eliminate and Soothe Ingrown Hair

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Having ingrown hairs are embarrassing and irritating and can pose serious health risks, like staph infection if left untreated.

WebMD recently stated that unsightly bumps form after the hairs grow into the skin instead of outside. Ingrown hairs are as a result of clogged pores that force the hair follicles to grown in an unnatural way.

Although it is possible to get ingrown hairs at any part of your body, it often occurs in areas that are frequently shaven. The bumps formed are filled with puss and sometimes they can become very painful.

Most people don’t know how to treat such conditions, and they choose to wait for the ingrown hair to mend itself. However, the healing process will take longer.

How to Treat Ingrown Hair

Here’s the top 7 ways you can remove and soothe an ingrown hair:

1.) Salt

Salt isn’t only useful in scrubbing the skin, but it also enhances blood flow to open up the pores.

How to apply:

What you have to do is to mix a half tablespoon of salt with a cup of water. Soak the solution using a cotton ball and apply the solution directly to the infected areas. However, don’t rinse the mixture yet, allow it to set on your skin overnight.

2.) Sugar

It has been proved that sugar can remove the damaged or dead skin that is associated to ingrown hairs.

How to apply:

Begin by mixing 1 cup of white sugar with 1/2 cup olive oil, and then gently rub, in a circular motion onto your skin. Allow the solution to set for a few minutes before rinsing with warm water.

3.) Honey

According to Home Remedy Hacks, honey is one of the most suitable soothing solutions for ingrown hairs. It also reduces skin swelling and cleanses it.

How to apply:

To use this natural remedy, begin by applying honey on the ingrown hair and the surrounding areas. Allow the honey to settle on the skin for around 10 minutes and then rinse thoroughly. Repeat the same procedure 2 to 3 times every week.

4.) Aspirin

A recent article that was published by SkinVERSE stated that crushed aspirin is an effective treatment for ingrown hairs. Aspirin has acid that cleanses the skin and helps it to heal itself around the infected areas.

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How to apply:

What you need to do is to crush 4 Aspirins and mix them with water to form a paste. Apply the paste to the infected area using a cotton ball or q-tip. Then simply wait for it to dry and then rinse thoroughly.

5.) Baking Soda

Baking soda‘s anti-inflammatory properties will help soothe your ingrown hair by reducing the redness and relieving the itchiness.

How to apply:

Simply mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 1 cup cup of water. Then dip a cotton ball into the baking soda solution and dab it onto the affected area. Leave the solution on for 5 minutes then rinse off with cold water. You can repeat this up to 2-3 times a day as needed.

6.) Milk & Old Bread

Now isn’t the right time to throw away old bread. Instead, keep it and use it as a natural remedy to treat ingrown hairs. According to Home Remedy Shop, warm milk and old bread have the ability to unclog hair pores so that you can uncoil the hair.

How to apply:

Begin by heating up some milk and dip the outdated piece of bread. Place the bread on the ingrown hair until the bread cools. After the pore has softened, use a needle to release the hair and experience instant relief.

7.) Warm Compresses

Heat has been found to be an effective way of opening up skin pores which makes it easier to remove ingrown hairs.

How to apply:

What you need to do is soak a clean washcloth in boiling water, and press the hot cloth directly to your skin. Repeat this procedure until the bumps on your skin open up for easy removal.

If any of these home remedies do not give you the desired results or if your ingrown hair has become infected, please consult a dermatologist for proper treatment.

Which natural ingrown hair treatments worked for you?

Don’t be shy, tell us in the comments section below.

About Cary Byrd

eDrugSearch founder, Cary Byrd, has been called an “e-health innovator” by MarketIntellNow, interviewed by top pharmaceutical industry journalists, invited to Matthew Holt’s Health 2.0 Conference and a Consumer Report's health summit, and highlighted on numerous health blogs.

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