Ingrown hairs are simply hairs that keep growing beneath the skin without actually breaking through the surface. If an ingrown hair becomes infected, it can be extremely painful, not to mention being incredibly unsightly. If you deal with an ingrown hair the wrong way, you risk causing permanent scarring that can leave ugly purple scars for months after the hair was removed.
There are a number of commercial products available on the market to help avoid the problem of ingrown hairs. Numerous creams, lotions and other chemically-based treatments are designed to try and soften the skin to allow the hair to eventually break through the surface.
Likewise, exfoliating your skin gently with an exfoliating glove may also help to remove any dead skin cells, dirt, and grime that may be trapping the ingrown hair. Exfoliation can also sometimes help to break the tip of the hair through the surface, ending the ingrowing cycle.
Yet, most of the treatments available on the supermarket shelves tend to only treat the problem after it has already surfaced. If you would rather avoid ingrown hairs from growing at all, there are some preventive measures you can take.
Permanent Laser Hair Removal to Reduce the Risk of Ingrown Hairs
One of the primary causes of ingrown hairs is breaking the hair off unevenly just below the skin’s surface. This happens when you shave, but it can also happen with waxing treatments. For some people, even wearing tight clothing can cause hairs to become trapped below the surface of the skin.
By comparison, choosing laser hair removal treatment for your body hair removal efforts can actually help you avoid ingrown hairs entirely. Permanent laser hair removal treatments are designed to damage the hair follicle itself so that it becomes unable to support hair regrowth.
Laser clinics use specially designed lasers that use heat and light to treat the areas where you want to eliminate unwanted body hair. Lasers do not actively rip hair out by the roots, leaving a healthy, active, growing follicle in place as waxing does. They also don’t break off the hair at the skin’s surface as shaving does.
Instead, the follicle is targeted directly with a short pulse of heat and light to ensure it does not continue the growth cycle. Any existing ingrown hairs you have are treated, but you also reduce the risk of any more growing at the same time.
Ingrown Hairs Can Strike Anywhere
While most people tend to suffer from ingrown hairs on the bikini line or upper thighs, they can actually happen anywhere you have broken off hair at the surface. Some women struggle with painful ingrown under the arms, while men’s hair removal tactics can often cause ingrown hair to form around the jawline or under the neck.
Visit a skin laser clinic and discuss your option for removing unwanted body hair safely and hygienically. You will find permanent hair removal treatments are ideal for getting rid of body hair on the legs, bikini line, under arms, chest or back for men or women alike. In fact, you should find that laser is ideal for facial hair removal as well.
Book an appointment at Laser by Sia, the premier laser clinic in and around Sydney today and see how we can help you get rid of those ingrown hairs once and for all.