You must be familiar with the painful red bumps that show up after a shave or a wax. They are both ugly and painful and everyone wants to get rid of them.
Usually, a hair develops in the follicle and then it comes out of the skin, while, the ingrown hair doesn’t go up through the skin, but it grows either sideways or it goes back down and it curls up.
The main cause of ingrown hairs are waxing and shaving and they usually appear in the pubic and facial areas where the hairs are thick and curly. Having bumps in these areas is also really painful.
Ingrown hairs are going to happen whether we like it or not, and there is no cure for them, however, there are some home remedies which can make things a bit easier for you.
- Tea Tree Oil
This substance acts as antiseptic, antibacterial and it has anti-inflammatory characteristics which heal skin and hinders infections.
- Add a few drops of tea tree oil to distilled water and use this mixture to apply it on your skin after you have cleaned the area with an antibacterial soap. After 10 minutes wash the area with water and make sure it’s not too hot or cold. If necessary do this routine two times a day.
- Use some olive oil and mix it up with a few drops of tea tree oil. Massage the affected area with this mixture and after 10 minutes wash it off. Again, if necessary repeat the routine more than once.
- Organic Black Tea Bags
It is a well-known fact that black tea has tannic acid and this acid has an anti-inflammatory effect and can soothe the skin and reduce the redness at the same time.
- Use a black tea bag and moisten it with warm water. Massage the bump with it for about three minutes and repeat it more than once if necessary.
- Another option is to moisten a black tea bag and to squeeze the liquid and mix it up with coconut water. With a cotton ball apply it on the affected area. Make sure to repeat this routine more than a once a week for a few days.
- Baking Soda
If you use baking soda to calm down your painful bumps you’ll see its effects quickly and the redness will also be reduced.
- Mix water and baking soda. Use a cotton ball and apply the mixture on the skin. Wash it off after five minutes, but make sure you use cold water. Do this twice a day, or more if necessary.
- Another option is to make a face scrub with one teaspoon of baking soda, water, and oatmeal. Use these ingredients to create a past and scrub your skin gently with it. Wash the scrub after a couple of minutes with lukewarm water. If necessary do this routine two times a day.
If you want to reduce the redness and inflammation you can use aspiring because it has anti-inflammatory effects and it can reduce the swelling.
The salicylic acid from the aspirin serves as a scrub for the dead skin.
- Dilute two tablets in warm water and mix them into a paste
- Add honey
- Apply on the bump
- Leave on for 10 minutes and wash with warm water
- Repeat this routine two times a week.
If you want to exfoliate skin you should try using salt. Besides exfoliation salt can also improve circulation, enhance healing and reduce the swelling.
- Mix salt with lukewarm water
- Apply on the bump with a cotton ball
- Leave it on and wash it with water
- Do this two times a day until the ingrown hair is gone
If your skin is sensitive do not use this remedy
Just like salt, sugar can also be a great skin scrub and can remove your ingrown hairs. The sugar scrub removes dead cells and allows the hair to come out. And on the plus side, it will make your skin silky smooth.
- Mix sugar with virgin oil or jojoba oil
- Put in 10 drops of tea tree oil and lavender essential oil
- Apply on the irritated area
- Massage the skin with circular motions and wash the scrub with lukewarm water
- Do this two times a week if necessary
- Aloe Vera
Razor bumps and ingrown hair can be treated with Aloe Vera. The Aloe will also calm down your itchiness and reduce the inflammation and your skin will be moisturized.
- Get Aloe Vera gel
- Apply it on the skin and let it dry
- Wash it out with water
- Repeat this three times a day
- Apple Cider Vinegar
This is another substance which can do magic in reducing inflammation with irritated skin. And on the plus side, it kills yeast and bacteria.
- Apply vinegar on the bump or ingrown hair
- Let it stay for a while and then rinse it out
- Do this two times a day
Because of if its hydrating and anti-inflammatory characteristics cucumbers are really good in relieving the symptoms of ingrown hair. The vitamin C reduces the itchiness.
- Leave a fresh cut cucumber in the fridge for half an hour. Use it to massages your face and do this twice a day for a week.
- Make cucumber puree with milk and put it in the fridge. Apply it on the skin with a cloth and then wash it out with lukewarm water. Do this two times a day until you see the inflammation disappears
10. Raw Organic Honey
The antibacterial characteristics that raw honey has can really relief your pain from the bumps and ingrown hair. And your skin will be well moisturized and you won’t have any swelling.
- Apply honey on the skin
- Leave it on for 10 minutes and clean it with cold water