Causes of ingrown hairs.


Having an ingrown hair can be a painful thing. 

When a hair grows under the skin instead of out of it can lead to discomfort and in some cases infection.

If you have an ingrown hair there are things you can do to solve the problem. 

One is to consider the method you are using to shave. 

Improper shaving techniques are the number one cause of ingrown hairs. 

It’s important to use a conditioning shaving cream or lotion before you pull the blade across your skin. This helps the hair to be exposed which aids in a clean shave.  If the blade is simply pulled across your dry skin the hair will be cut in a rough manner which can result in a hair growing in an awkward fashion; these are the hairs that tend to become ingrown.

Removal of an ingrown hair is dependent on a few things. 

If it’s a newly formed hair, you can probably remove it yourself with the aid of tweezers.  You’ll have to poke through the top layer of skin to reach the hair.  Gently pull it up through the skin.  You can remove it now or allow it to continue to grow in a normal fashion. It’s important before you do this to sterilize the area you’ll be removing the hair from as well as the tweezers. 

If the hair has been growing under the skin for some time it may have become long and twisted.  The hair has continued to grow despite the fact that it’s not growing straight out.  Instead it’s grown in a circular fashion beneath the skin’s surface.

Over time this type of ingrown hair develops into a mass under the skin.  The mass thickens the skin and the result becomes a cyst.  Often this type of cyst will become red and infected.  If this is the case trying to remove the offending hair will result in more problems.  You’ll irritate the area and a pustule will develop. 

Your best course of treatment is to visit a physician. Although this is the specialty of a dermatologist, your family physician will be able to treat it.  He or she will surgically remove the hair most likely within their office setting.  They may also prescribe a course of antibiotics or a topical antibiotic cream to treat the area.

It’s important to treat ingrown hairs when you first notice them.  They can and do develop into painful cysts and if you can address the matter before that stage you’ll save yourself pain and time.