If you’ve ever had to deal with ingrown hairs, you know how much of nuisance they can be. Ingrown hairs occur when a new hair grows back into the skin instead of growing upward and outward. They commonly show up after you have shaved or tweezed hairs in a certain area, and they usually take on the appearance of a bump or a pimple.
Ingrown Hairs: Some Basic Facts
When a hair has been removed from its follicle (by shaving, plucking or otherwise), it is not uncommon for dead skin cells to collect inside of the affected area and block the follicle. This creates a “barricade” that can block the new hair that is trying to grow, causing it to curl back or turn back on itself and begin growing downward or sideways, back into the skin. This can irritate the skin, often creating a reddish-looking bump that looks and feels similar to a pimple or boil. Ingrown hairs can be itchy and even painful, and can sometimes become infected, which is why it’s always a good idea to remove an ingrown hair as soon as it “rears its ugly head.”
Step-By-Step Guide To Remove Ingrown Hair with Your ëpîler Tweezers
Removing an ingrown hair is not difficult at all, but you do need to take your time and be deliberate so that you don’t cause yourself any unnecessary discomfort. Here are the basic steps you can take to remove ingrown hairs with your ëpîler Tweezers with relative ease.
Wet a soft cloth or loofah with warm water and rub the entire ingrown hair area with the cloth/loofah using smooth, circular motions. This step will prepare your skin by moisturizing and softening it, which will make removing the hair that much easier. You can also apply a warm washcloth to the area as a type of “warm compress”, which will aid in bringing the hair to the surface of the skin.
The type of tweezers you choose make all the difference in terms of how easy it will be to remove the ingrown hair. So, congratulations on choosing ëpîler Tweezers as one of the tweezers in the set has a sharp pointed tip; this will definitely come in handy when you’re making smaller, more meticulous movements. It is also worth sterilizing your ëpîler Tweezers by wiping them with a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol; this is an important step to take to avoid infections.
The word of the day is “gentle.” Be sure not to pinch hard with your ëpîler Tweezers, and try not to prod or pick at the area with too much force, as this will only further irritate the already sensitive area. Your whole goal is to “coax” the hair back to the surface using gentle movements so that you can free the tip of the hair from being trapped under the skin.
Try to slide the very tip of your ëpîler Tweezers as close to the follicle as possible, so that you can pull the hair up and out by “scooping” it up from underneath. Every ingrown hair is different, so you will definitely have to apply your own discretion here as far as determining the best angle of approach. The main point is to get the tip of your ëpîler Tweezers in a position to pull the hair up and out.
Once you have freed the tip of the hair from being trapped under the surface of the skin, gently pull up on the hair with your ëpîler Tweezers, but do not pull it all the way out! The reason being is that if you do, you run the risk of having a scab develop over the follicle, which could trap yet another hair under the skin, putting you back at square one. Always wait a day or two to let the follicle heal before trying to pull the hair all the way out.
When it’s time to completely remove the hair, make sure to pull your skin nice and taut, and try to grab the hair as close to the root as possible. Use either your flat or pointed ëpîler Tweezers to pull the hair up and out, and perform this motion as quick as possible.
Alright, the ingrown hair has been removed! Now apply some tea tree oil to the affected area using a cotton ball in order to soothe the skin and help it recover. You can also apply a dab of aloe vera gel to help ease any pain or irritation. Mission accomplished!