Our skin has several very important functions, the main ones being to protect our body against friction, pathogens, excessive water loss, heal its own wounds, act in its thermoregulation and even grow hair on it. However, sometimes things can go wrong, as is the case with ingrown or inflamed hairs that occur when hairs, instead of growing on the skin, curl up and grow under the skin, this can occur either on the scalp, thus preventing the healthy growth of wires, as well as in several other parts of the body such as armpits, groin, legs and even on the face.
If you have painful red bumps that look like pimples, especially in the area where your beard hairs grow, you may have folliculitis, a common skin problem. Hair follicles are small pockets in your skin. Which can appear almost anywhere except on the lips, palms and soles of the feet. If you get some type of bacteria or a blockage in a follicle, it can turn red and swollen. The vast majority of the time, the skin around the ingrown hair can turn a darker color, in addition to causing itching and pain.
Causes of inflamed hair
Regardless of age or gender, anyone can have ingrown hair. However, this problem is more likely to arise in people who have curly or thick hair. Inflamed hair can rarely indicate more serious health problems in most cases it is just a minor inflammation.
How to solve
In most cases, you do not need to treat ingrown hairs. They often resolve on their own without treatment. If over the days you notice that the hair has not started to grow, you may need to take some care to speed up healing, check it out below:
How to Prevent:
- Avoid shaving areas around the cyst, as this can introduce bacteria and cause an infection.
- Use after shave cream to soothe the skin
- Exfoliate the skin carefully
Home treatment for ingrown hair:
- Apply warm water compresses for 10 to 15 minutes at least 3 times a day.
- As soon as the hair points above the skin, sterilize tweezers and pull the hair out carefully, do not poke the area as breaking the skin can cause an infection.
- Tea tree oil kills bacteria and reduces swelling. Mix oil with water to dilute and apply using a cotton ball.
- Using aloe vera gel is great for reducing irritation and it is also a great natural healing agent.
- Using apple cider vinegar on the spot can help balance the skin's pH by killing bacteria.