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Ingrown Hairs Home Remedies & Natural Remedies




Cornstarch is a wonderful natural remedy for ingrown hairs.  Cornstarch actually absorbs any excess oil on the skin and makes the ingrown hair easier to treat.  Simply spread the cornstarch onto the skin by using a popsicle stick.  Leave the cornstarch on the skin for about twenty minutes, then rinse thoroughly with warm water. 

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Shaving Method

One of the best ways to prevent ingrown hairs is to shave in the proper direction.  Be sure to shave in the direction that your hair grows.  For men, this is especially helpful when shaving the face.  Try to remember that facial hair grows downward under the jawbone and on the cheeks, but tends to grow straight out on the chin.  Under the chin, however, you'll find that hair will grow upward along the neck, and this is especially true for hair growing below the Adam's apple.  This simple home remedy for preventing ingrown hairs should be exercised by everyone. 

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The most common area that's affected by ingrown hairs is on the neck, which is usually caused by shaving, then further irritated by shirt collars.  To avoid irritating this area and causing further damage to the skin, avoid wearing shirts that have high and stiff collars.  Wearing shirts with loose collars will help to alleviate any irritation along the neck. 

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Exfoliation Scrub as Ingrown Hair Home Remedy

Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin from your skin's surface.  This can be accomplished with a scrub or with a sponge or loofah.  If your skin is very delicate, then be aware that this can definitely cause damage to your skin.  You can find exfoliating scrubs at any price range in several stores, including specialty stores, big-box super stores and drug stores.  It's important to keep in mind that the least expensive scrubs tend to use very harsh abrasive ingredients.  To avoid spending lots of money on a scrub, you can make your own at home using all natural ingredients instead.  My favorite exfoliation recipe uses baking soda.  Simply mix about one teaspoon of baking soda with a tablespoon of your favorite liquid body soap.  You can make this even more exfoliating by adding sugar to the mixture.  Sugar is a wonderful and very effective natural exfoliator.  Using this scrub all over your body, especially in areas that are prone to ingrown hairs will greatly benefit your skin. 

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Witch Hazel and Tweezing

Use an antiseptic on areas affected with ingrown hairs to clean the area and offset any ingrown hairs that are already giving you problems.  Witch hazel is a great all-natural and inexpensive antiseptic that you can use.  Be sure to check the ingredients on the bottle and avoid purchasing any that list alcohol as an ingredient.  Alcohol will simply dry out the skin and irritate the ingrown hair even more.  A great way to keep pain at bay when bothered with an ingrown hair is to crush two aspirin in water and make a paste.  Apply the paste to the ingrown hair and wait a few days.  If you have an ingrown hair on your face, then you can try to pluck the hair by viewing it in natural sunlight and looking at the hair through a magnifying glass.  If you have more than one ingrown hair on your face, then you may not want to tweeze them all.  Tweezing the ingrown hairs tends to be very painful, so try to only pluck one.  It's important to not try to pluck ingrown hairs in other regions of the body, as this can be extremely painful and should be avoided, if at all possible.  Be aware that while plucking the ingrown hair is a great home remedy that can work if other treatments have failed, it can cause scarring and can lead to infection.  Be sure to clean the area thoroughly both before and after tweezing.  Wash your hands before and after as well!

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Cucumber Compress

Ingrown hairs tend to be extremely painful and can itch very badly.  This can be reduced by applying a compress soaked in a homemade mixture to alleviate the pain and itching.  To make the mixture, simply puree half of a cucumber and add the puree to a third of a cup of milk.  Mix the two ingredients together and place in a dish that you can cover.  Place the dish in the refrigerator and store until it's thoroughly chilled.  Once the mixture is cold, soak gauze or a clean cloth in the mixture and apply to the area affected with the ingrown hairs.  While this does not cure any ingrown hairs, this home remedy is wonderful for treating the pain and itchy feeling that comes from the ingrown hairs. 

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Potato Paste

Ingrown hairs have a lot of pus underneath the skin that needs to be brought to the surface to relive the pain, pressure and irritation associated with an ingrown hair.  To expedite the process and begin healing more quickly, you'll need to bring the pus to the surface of the skin.  A natural way to do this at home is to soak the affected area with hot water for about twenty minutes every day.  This is quite a time commitment, and may not be possible for everyone.  Instead, you can create a great natural paste to apply to the skin.  To make the paste, simple boil a potato with the skin on.  While it's still hot, mash the potato in some of the water that was used to boil it.  The starchy water is very beneficial to the skin when treating these ingrown hairs.  Once the potato is completely mashed, apply the potato to the irritated area.  This head applied to the ingrown hair brings the pus to the surface of the skin.  This treatment will need to be repeated for several days until the pus has come to a head at the skin's surface.  Eventually, the head will burst and drain itself naturally.  Once this pressure is alleviated, the ingrown hair can begin to heal.  As soon as the area bursts, clean the area thoroughly with anti-microbial soap and be sure to apply anti-bacterial ointment to avoid any infections. 

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Lemon Juice

Ingrown hairs can leave unsightly blemishes on the skin.  To get rid of these, you can use this great natural remedy to lighten and treat the affected area.  Lemon juice is a wonderful natural bleach that can be used to treat these unsightly marks.  To really get the benefits of lemon juice, simply make a mixture from sandalwood and lemon juice.  This can be mixed with a teaspoon of rice flour to create a paste that can be applied directly to the areas that were previously affected with ingrown hairs.  Not only will this paste help you to get rid of these scars, but it also makes a great exfoliant scrub.  If lemon juice it too strong, you can also use the juice from a potato to bleach the area as well.  Simply blend a raw potato and strain the juice from the compound.  These are both great home remedies that are natural and effective when treating scars left behind from ingrown hairs. 


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