Ingrown hair occurs when the hair grows under the skin and doesn’t surface, as it normally would. The condition is more likely to occur in areas that are shaved or waxed and may affect both men and women.
Ingrown hair is an esthetic problem more than a health problem. However, ingrown hair may lead to complications as well. Knowing the causes of ingrown hair can be helpful to be able to prevent this problem in the future.
People with dry skin, both men and women, are more exposed to getting ingrown hair. This is due to the fact that there will be a lot of dead skin cells, and these may often cover the pores, preventing the hair to surface. This problem may be solved with proper moisturizing of skin and frequent use of creams that will keep the skin hydrated. The entire body needs this treatment.
Coarse hair that grows in a curved hair follicle is a cause of ingrown hair. This problem cannot be prevented, but there are a few laser treatments that may influence the quality of the hair and make it softer.
Oil in the Hair Follicles
Oil gathering in the hair follicles may also cause ingrown hair. This problem may be caused by various factors:
- Hormonal problems
- Excessive production of skin oils
- Use of unsuitable moisturizing creams that make the skin oily
- Poor hygiene
Dead Skin Cells in Pores
If the dead skin cells are not removed on a regular basis, these may gather and clog up the pores, resulting in ingrown hair. Getting a gentle skin peeling solution and using it twice per week can solve this problem.
In some cases, the ingrown hair is an inherited condition. After the hair is removed (i.e. after shaving), the skin may tend to grow covering the pores and the hair follicles.
Certain Hair Removal Procedures
Certain hair removal procedures can cause ingrown hairs:
- Shaving, especially when using a blade that is too close to the skin
- Electric epilator
These methods remove the hair follicles fully or partially, but until the hair starts growing, dead skin cells can cover the pores. Also, using these techniques can irritate the skin, stimulating the accumulation of dead skin cells and the covering of the skin pores.
Ingrown Hair Removal
The ingrown hairs may be prevented by exfoliating the skin on a regular basis and before the hair removal. However, there are also other methods to remove hair including laser systems, electrolysis, or removal with tweezers or sterile needles.