Though ingrown hairs may not be harmful they can be annoying; even embarrassing to have for some. They are often found on the face and neck for men and on the legs for women primarily as a result of shaving. Ingrown hairs can also be caused by a pore becoming clogged with dirt which causes the hair to curl back in. Those with very curly or coarse hair can experience more outbreaks of ingrown hair than others.
Where ingrown hairs can be a problem is if they become infected. It’s best not to pick at it as you could potentially cause it to become infected or create the makings of a scar. What you can do is whip up a sugar scrub to exfoliate your skin. Exfoliating products help to slough off dead skin, provide moisture and in this case, open up the clogged pore.
Sugar Scrub Recipe
- ½ Cup of sugar (no larger than a medium grain)
- ¼ Cup of olive oil
- To a clean bowl, mix the sugar and olive oil until combined
- Apply a small amount to the area in need and massage with a circular motion (Use more for larger areas as the sugar will begin to dissolve.)
- Rinse the skin with lukewarm water and soap, and pat dry
This can be done twice a week as needed. The reason for this is you don’t want to irritate the skin since the sugar is grainy until it dissolves. This same scrub can be used for chapped lips which many of us experience in the winter.
Until next time, discover the power of smooth skin.
Ingrown Hair. (2015, January 24). WebMD. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/ingrown-hair-causes-symptoms-treatment