Whether your aesthetician points them out while she’s doing your eyebrows, or you spot little curly wurlies growing laterally into the skin, the 100th sighting of ingrowth is as annoying as the first.
They are inevitable, unless you’re willing to give up your hair removal arsenal of razors, epilators, and waxing equipment; even then, a hair pull could lead to ingrowth too, so there’s really no escaping them.
Now, though at best, ingrown hairs are a serious annoyance, worst case scenario is when they flare up and get infected. Either way, keep these DIYs handy to deal with the thorn in your side and prevent scarring and inflammation.
- DIY Aspirin Honey Treatment: Crush three uncoated aspirin tablets using a mortar and pestle (a fork works too). Add 1tsp honey and 1tsp water to the powdered aspirin. The consistency should be like a paste—if it’s too thick, you can add more honey. Apply to any area where you have ingrown hair and leave it on for 10 minutes. Remove the solution with warm water and a washcloth. The hydrating and antiseptic properties of honey, combined with salicylic acid present in aspirin works wonders to reduce infection and swelling.
- DIY Tea Tree Oil Soak: Add 10-20 drops tea tree oil to 1 cup of warm water. Dip a washcloth in the bowl and wring gently. Apply the washcloth to the affected area and allow it to soak in. This is a perfectly natural remedy, so repeat the procedure as many times as you like. Tea tree oil contains potent doses of antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agents, and is a great way to open your pores, loosen the ingrown hair, and reduce inflammation.
- DIY Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub: In a large bowl, mix 1 cup raw sugar, ½ cup coconut oil and 10 drops tea tree oil. Make sure all the ingredients have combined well. Apply in gentle circular motions for about five minutes, or till you feel your skin is soft enough. After that, simply rinse with warm water. The sugar will gently exfoliate and prevent future ingrowth, while coconut oil possesses anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties to ward-off infection.
That said, be sure not to poke and prod the hair out, for that’s how you probably got where you are in the first place. If it’s really bothering you, use some loose powder or concealer to mask its appearance.