Home Remedies to Get Rid of Ingrown Hair

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There is nothing more irritating and ugly than having ingrown hair on the body, especially when you have had a nice beauty regimen of waxing or shaving.

To avoid these bumps, you need to take care of certain things that can help you avoid these not-so-pleasing bumps.

Generally, ingrown hair is caused by frequent waxing, shaving or using various methods to remove hair on the regular basis.

This could be a result of dead skin that clogs up hair follicles and forces the hair inside it to grow sideways.

These ingrown hairs are also known as razor bumps and are characterised by raised, pimple-like red bumps and curled up hair. It grows back into the skin instead of rising out from it and causes pain, swelling and irritation on the skin.

Find out some of the best home remedies mentioned in this article to get rid of ingrown hair by faster and simpler means. Read on, do try them and see the result for yourself.

Baking Soda

Baking soda has anti-inflammatory properties that have a soothing effect on the skin. It is a good option to prevent ingrown hair. All you need to do is to make a homemade scrub of ground oatmeal, baking soda and water. Apply it on the skin and massage. Wash it with water.

Oatmeal

Make a mix of oatmeal, yogurt and honey in equal quantities. Apply it all over the affected area. Leave it on for a while and then wash it off with cold water. This method checks the growth of ingrown hair.

Sugar

This is a natural exfoliator that helps to remove the dead skin cells and brings out the ingrown hair. All you need to do is to make a mix of granular sugar, virgin olive oil and a few drops of tea tree oil with some lavender oil. Apply this scrub and gently rub it on your skin for a few minutes. Wash it off with some lukewarm water.

Honey

Honey is a good antiseptic ingredient and it helps to reduce swelling and inflammation on the skin. Apply honey directly on to the skin and leave it on for about 10 minutes. Rinse it off with cold water for effective results.

Cornstarch

Make a mix of cornstarch with water and apply the paste on to the skin. It has the same properties as that of baking soda. It helps to reduce pain, inflammation and swelling that occurs due to ingrown hair.

Aspirin

Aspirin helps to treat inflammation and redness caused as a result of ingrown hair. Dissolve two aspirin tablets in some water to make a fine paste. Add honey to the mixture and apply it on to the affected area. Wash it off with some warm water after 10 minutes.

Cucumber

Cucumber reduces the pain, skin inflammation, irritation, redness and swelling. Keep a few slices of cucumber on the affected area. This remedy is very simple and must be done every day till the effects of ingrown hair subside.

Salt

Make a paste of salt and water and apply it with the help of a cotton ball on the affected area. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes and then wash it off with some water. This method should be followed twice in a day until the ingrown hair is treated effectively.

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Story first published: Friday, February 12, 2016, 9:47 [IST]
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