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Ways to Remove, Prevent, and Treat Ingrown Hairs

Over the shelf ingrown hair treatment options are plentiful, but does it actually work? We are always hearing about how to get rid of unwanted hair purely for cosmetic reasons, but there are certain types of hair growth that is not only unsightly, but can be irritating or even painful. There are also those unwelcome ingrown hairs! This short piece looks at how to get rid these stubborn blighters safely. We'll also look at how to prevent them from returning after removal.

Although it's not possible to stop ingrown hairs from occurring 100%, it is certainly possible to reduce the chance of them appearing to begin with. Just for reference, ingrown facial hair can is also referred to as the hair bump, the razor bump, and clusters of them are referred to by male shavers as razor burn.

Other names for trapped hairs are razor bumps and hair bumps. Sometimes they can be stubborn to remove. In extreme cases, surgery might be the only option.

Ingrown Hair Bumps and Razor Bumps often look like this.

Let's face it, prevention is better than a cure every time right, and who would want to be looking at ingrown hairs treatment if they didn't have to? For those of us that already have razor burn or unsightly hair bumps, all you want to do right now is find a way to get rid of the little blighters, but don't leave this page without learning a bit also on how to stop ingrown hairs from returning in the future. Don't forget too, that picking, squeezing, scratching, and irritating bumps cause by ingrown hairs can also damage the skin after the bumps have gone, and then you'll be looking at options on how to get rid of acne scars, meaning the sage continues!

It always used to be the case that a 'real' man acted tough, looked rough, and had an air of animal in him. Today however, women like their men cute, clean cut, and as clean as a whistle (all over!), and he should be tough in a gentle and protective way. Don't want much do they! So although an infected ingrown hair might have had some appeal on the face, neck, or forehead a couple of generations ago, it doesn't work too well in today's society. If you can't stop ingrown hairs, you can at least reduce the risk of getting them, and apply an ingrown hair treatment as soon as you spot them (forgive the second pun!).

Like most minor complaints and conditions in life, so many of them are preventable. Alas, it seems that folks like to treat things more than they want to prevent them. This must be the case. How else could you explain the person who always seems to be rubbing alcohol and creams into his athletes foot, or the one constantly seeking out new ways to get rid of ingrown hairs using a barrage of ingrown hair cream products? With the latter, prevention can be as simple (in many cases), as a daily regime of skin care to include exfoliation using a good scrub product. Using quality sharp razors and disposing them before they become too blunt is another very simple, yet pretty effective way, to stop ingrown hairs from appearing.

Ingrown hairs are no different to most other preventable conditions, such as acne and dandruff, in that there will be times when the odd outbreak will occur despite your best efforts. This means it's always wise to know about both the preventative measures as well as the best treatments. Perhaps one of the most popular topical medications around at the moment for the treatment ingrown hairs and razor bumps is a product called Tend Skin. Tend Skin has proved to be an effective solution for many suffering from ingrown hairs. Failure to treat ingrown hairs in the long term may be unsightly at best, or you could end up with an infected ingrown hair at worse, and treating an infected ingrown hair will be written about in a future article.

Any topical treatments for hair should be understood carefully prior to application. Although the Tend Skin Solution mentioned above enjoys some success, many people do find it an irritant to the skin, especially in the case of first time usage. Any topical ingrown hair treatment should be tested on a small area of skin first and then applied with more confidence and duration only if there are no noticeable side effects. In the case of an obvious infected ingrown hair, then it's always best not to attempt treatment at home before getting an informed opinion from a medical professional. Knowing how to prevent first, and treat second, will make your ingrown hair(s) far less of a problem.

Although it's no laughing matter when we get imperfections of the skin, especially in highly visible places, it is sometimes healthy to laugh at our dilemma whenever possible. Why? Because we know that over worry, and stress can cause skin conditions to break out and worsen, so by lightening up a touch, we can in fact help with the healing, and or prevention. Or as one of our readers so delicately put it (in his own humerous way):

The shaving rash, lumpy sore looking shaving bumps that come out to play on the neck just before you hit the town, bikini bumps that make beach maidens look infected, and those unsightly ingrown facial hair problems, have you wonder sometimes what the point of all this body hair is anyway. Submitted by Liam W

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Hairy Hair Titbit: The ingrown hair simplified. Okay, so the ingrown hair can look nasty, feel sore (on occasions), and be disfiguring when on public display. Like most conditions, it always makes treating that bit easier when people have a basic understanding of what something is. Knowing how not to treat an ingrown hair, i.e. picking, poking, scratching etc and the consequences of doing so, will also help you to clear the problem up quicker and easier with that little bit of understanding.

Hairy Hairs Q & A - Common Questions and Answers on Ingrown Hair Issues

Q. What are the most Common causes for Ingrown Hairs?

A. The most common causes are shaving, waxing, and also the wearing of tight clothing, including caps. All three of these are responsible for ingrown hairs, but it is shaving which is the leading cause by far. It's a good idea to always use a sharp razor when wet shaving and not skimp on blades by dragging them out for as long as it's painfully possible. Blunt blades tear, as opposed to cleanly cut the hair, and this increase the possibility of getting the hair trapped.

Q. What are the most Popular Products for Ingrown Hairs?

A. Tend Skin Ingrown Hair Solution is still the most popular solution for treating ingrown hairs in 2012. Close on its tale is perhaps PFB Vanish. Others that some find useful are Kalo IHT and Skin Doctors Ingrow Go Ingrown Hair Lotion. Most people will try tweezers before they try lotions, with a quality tool like Tweezerman being a favoured options for ingrown hairs.

Q. Where do ingrown hairs grow the most?

A. An ingrown hair can literally sprout up on any part of the body where the hair grows. The more obvious places for them to appear though are on those parts of the body where the skin is shaved or the hair is removed using various products such as waxes and creams. The more sensitive the area, the more likelihood of ingrown hairs appearing, especially the very sensitive places, namely the neck, legs, and pubic regions.

Q. Who Suffers the most from Ingrown Hairs, Men or Women?

A. Both men and women have problems with ingrown hairs, but not equally. Young women in particular probably shave more body hair than men as they smooth out their legs and armpits on a regular basis. So why do men have more issues with ingrown hairs than women? Basically, it’s due to the difference in hair. The hair follicles of men is thicker, coarser, especially on the face and neck and pubic areas, and it's this rough hair that causes more issues with the formation of ingrown hairs than the finer softer hair found on women.

Q. Is it possible to get Ingrown Pubic Hairs?

Yes, is the short answer to that, and increasingly so as the trend to shave and wax that area become ever more popular. So sore and unsightly can some of these ingrown pubic hairs be, that people, especially the young, sometimes start to panic at the discovery and think they have gotten an STD. Anyone prone to getting ingrown hairs in this region should go for the short trim rather than the close shave. If they don't, their attempts to beatify this region will backfire and produce the opposite of the desired effect. Oh, and it's probably worth mentioning that it's also possible to get an ingrown hair on penile shaft too, so be warned fellas!

What Surgery Procedure is used to Remove Ingrown Hairs?

A. In most cases, the majority of ingrown hairs either clear by themselves or remain trapped causing no discomfort or upset to the individual, especially if its out of site. Sometimes though they become infected, inflamed, painful, and stubborn, and in such cases there is a surgical option to remove the little critter, but first any infection needs to be cleared using antibiotics. Once the hair(s) is infection free, it/they can be removed using electrolysis which is a surgical procedure that uses the heat of an electric current to safely remove the troublesome hair.

SUMMARY: Our skin is our first impression to the outside world. This is why it's important to take care of it the best we can, and that goes for men as well as women. It's so important for our skin to be clear of blemishes and imprecations (if at all possible), either by treatment or masking those flaws with some form or makeup, and those who don't may not get on so well within society. It shouldn't be like this, but in a world obsessed by beauty, it's just the way things are. Get to know your skin type, and learn how to love it to death, and you shall get the best skin you possibly can have.

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