Raise your hand if you, at least once, have not had ingrown hairs . Probably the most quoted answer will be “even more than one!”, Because it is a problem that afflicts everyone , women and men, who undergo regular hair removal. Ingrown hairs are nothing more than hairs that cannot, in the regrowth phase, come out of the skin and grow normally and the causes can be multiple. Depilation, in fact, plays a key role in their formation, be it performed with wax, razor, electric epilators or tweezers .
The excessive pressure exerted with these tools can cause the hair shaft to retract into the skin which then flows into aingrown hair . Or again, in the case of waxing, electric epilator or tweezers, it often seems to have completely removed the hair , but in reality it has only broken under the skin . In doing so, some hairs that are not all the same and do not all have the same strength and speed of regrowth, may not be able to “pierce” the skin and come out properly.
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Another cause that frequently leads to ingrown hairs, especially in the groin and pubic area , and bad perspiration . In fact, it is an area forced into clothes, just think of underwear, socks, tight pants and, in itself, it is an area in constant contact with other skin. Thisit can lead to the obstruction of the pores due to dead cells and the hair, finding an obstacle, cannot grow optimally, remaining under the skin.
But be careful, because the groin is not the only area subject to this problem but could also appear on the face, for example under the chin, on the legs and in the armpits . Often, then, they become infected, causing pus, papules, swelling , irritation up to real cysts . It is therefore important to prevent their appearance and understand how to get rid of them, without making the situation worse.
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Very important step before each hair removal and skin preparation . It is a good rule to do a scrub the day before undergoing a hair removal treatment, because by doing this the skin will be clean and dead cells that could lead to obstruction or difficult removal of the hair will be eliminated. If the skin is soft and smooth, without accumulations of dead skin, the tearing or pulling of the hair will be easier and you will avoid breaking it in part, making it remain under the skin.
Another method that can be used, which has more or less the same function as the scrub, is the use of the horsehair glove . Passing it all over the bodydead cells are eliminated and the skin is softened , but be careful because the mechanical action is stronger than the classic scrub, so it is not a suitable method for those with very sensitive skin .
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also important to moisturize the skin in the best possible way , to keep it soft, both after the scrub and after the hair removal. This is why the exfoliation must be performed the day before , because the oils contained in the scrubs and the moisturizer, if applied close to the treatment, do not make the wax adhere well or make the tweezers slip, again leading to the breakage of the hair. Instead, keep skin well hydrated during the hair regrowth phase, ensures that the area is always soft and not thick, so that the hairs can come out properly .
If you shave with a razor, it is then essential to pay attention to the direction in which you shave , because it is not random. It is always necessary to go against the hair, in the opposite direction of growth, in this way the part of the cut hair that remains under the skin will always have the same direction of regrowth, avoiding that it bends inside causing ingrown hairs . Finally, try not to shave too often but to allow the hair time to grow a minimum, to avoid double regrowth, i.e. hairs that grow at very different times. In fact, when removing themit is easier for the shorter ones to be torn badly , causing irritation.
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it The most effective method for removing ingrown hair is certainly the manual one . First of all, in case of pus and swelling , it is always better to first relieve the area , using safe natural remedies or specific products. A compress with water and salt can be useful , just like you do to try to get the thorns out: the salt disinfects the area and dehydrates it, thus softening the skinand eliminate the superficial part of dead cells. Even a scrub or horsehair glove , in this case, are useful to eliminate them and to soften the skin. Do not use drugs and cortisone creams until after a consultation with your trusted dermatologist, rather opt for specific products for pimples , which have the task of making the pus reabsorb and soothe the skin.
After having flamed the area it is time to disinfect the skin and exert a light pressure with the fingertips, using a tissue , in order to bring out the tip of the hair. Never use your nails, even if the hands are washed, because they are a receptacle for germs and bacteria and, in any case, could cause injury to the skin , further inflaming the area. Once the tip comes out , then, with tweezers, gently extract the hair , without haste, taking care to remove it all to avoid breaking it further or leaving part of it under the skin. Disinfect the skin again and repeat the operation as necessary.

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