Ingrown hairs often appear out of nowhere and can be a real pain!
The little red bumps are not only unsightly, they can also be uncomfortable and in some cases leave scars if you don't handle them properly.
What is ingrown hair?
An ingrown hair is one that did not emerge from the hair follicle, but curled up on itself and grew back into the skin.
This is usually caused by the accumulation of dead skin cells that "block" the hair path and cause it to grow sideways under the skin and not up and out.
The resulting blockages look like small spots. While they often go unnoticed, some ingrown hair can become red, inflamed, and painful.
Why do I get it?
Waxing and shaving is the most common cause of ingrown hair because you regularly remove hair below the edge of the follicle.
While most people suffer from ingrown hair from time to time, it is believed that people with naturally curly hair are more likely to get it because their hair tends to grow back on itself.
Ingrown hairs can sometimes be caused by clothing that is too tight or rubbing.
How can I get rid of them?
A gentle peel is the best way to prevent and remove ingrown hairs when pulled to the surface and to remove dead skin cells in the way.
Try a gentle muslin towel in the shower for a daily peel that doesn't irritate your skin.
If after a few days you can see the tip of the hair piercing, carefully pull it out with tweezers.
Once removed, clean the area and apply a drop of lavender antibacterial oil to aid healing.
However, be careful not to break the surface of the skin to avoid causing an infection!