Ingrown hair is a situation that occurs when a hair strand curls sideways and grows back into the skin. Although it can happen to anyone, this condition is mostly found among people with curly hair. It is not very serious, most times. But other times, it can lead to complications such as hair follicle infection. It often appears as a tan or a pink bump on the skin, with a visible layer of the hair strand underneath. An ingrown hair is not a complicated medical situation. However, it always tends to leave a disfiguring effect cosmetically.
Causes Of Ingrown Hair
- An Ingrown hair can occur when a hair with a sharp tip is cut too close to the follicular opening. It tends to pierce back into the skin, causing an ingrown hair.
- Poor shaving habits have also been identified as one of the major causes of ingrown hair.
- It can also occur naturally when the dead skin in the area blocks the follicle from opening. The hair, therefore, grows inside the skin as ingrown hair.
The most prominent cause of ingrown hairs is aggressive cutting or removal of the hair. Hence, if ingrown hair will occur, it is most likely to be in frequently shaved areas such as the face, neck, leg, armpits, or groin. Common symptoms include:
- Tenderness and itching around the infected area
- A pink or reddish pinpoint bump may appear at the spot.
- Slightly visible hair strand inside the bump
Treatment And Preventions
Most times, ingrown hairs heal on their own after a short while. But on fewer occasions, ingrown hair can take longer to heal or may not even heal at all. This situation often raises a lot of concerns from the affected persons, and rightly so. If an ingrown hair stays longer than expected without showing signs of healing, you should consult your dermatologist immediately as it may lead to unwanted scars. There are specific preventions and treatments for this kind of situations, and they include:
- An improved shaving habit
- Chemical Removals
- DIY removals such as pulling and small incisions
- Laser hair removal method
All methods can be useful if carried out properly, but the safest approach with lesser possible side effects is the laser hair removal method.
Laser Hair Removal Method
Since its initial introduction about three decades ago, dermatologists worldwide have widely accepted Laser hair removal. Today, it can be referred to as the most preferred method for removing hair strands, among other techniques. This laser treatment is famous for its efficiency in removing unwanted hairs from various parts of the body.
In the laser hair removal process, intense light energy is introduced in laser form. The light passes through the skin and targets any hair particle in that area, removing them from their roots. Since light is often more prevalent against dark substances, laser therapy functions more effectively when removing dark hairs. It can also be useful in locating and eliminating colored hair particles, but it will demand an operation from a well-skilled dermatologist.
Laser therapy has recorded a tremendous success rate in past times, and it is known to have only a little side effect on very rare occasions. Otherwise, the laser treatment method is entirely safe. However, the best laser treatments may require at least 5-7 sessions with about four weeks interval between sessions for a perfect result.
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