Common home remedies to treat ingrown hairs
If you are like me, you would rather try home remedies to treat ingrown hairs. I find it more convenient (and cheaper) to use something I already have in the pantry. These are some of the home remedies I have tried in the past.
Why should I use home remedies to treat ingrown hairs?
Using herbs, flowers, oils, and fruits as medical care has been documented back as far as the beginning of time. Most of these are usable as home remedies to treat ingrown hairs and have been around for centuries.
They are readily available, affordable and relatively safe to use.
Many of the home remedies to treat ingrown hairs in this list can be found in your own kitchen. If you don’t have them on hand try the grocery store, box store for Amazon.
It is always best to seek the advice of a doctor or pharmacist before using any home remedies.
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Our Favorite home remedies to treat ingrown hairs
Castor oil-Applying castor oil to your skin will prevent inflammation
Argan oil–Argan oils are non-comedogenic and a great moisturizer
Tea bags-Moisten a black tea bag with boiling water and apply it to your skin. This acts as a compress to bring an ingrown hair to the surface
Sea salt– Perfect for exfoliating, sea salt can also promote the blood circulation that can prevent the swelling. You can simply make a paste of sea salt and some water then apply it to the skin
Oatmeal-Oatmeal works as a soothing skin agent because it has antioxidant properties. Make a paste of oatmeal and honey and massage it into the affected area.
Baking soda-Mix a tablespoon of baking soda and some water to make a concentrated solution and apply it to the area. Its anti-inflammatory and soothing agent will help prevent them and it will mildly exfoliate the skin
Coffee- Coffee grounds make excellent skin exfoliator to prevent ingrown hairs. Mix some coffee and lukewarm water to make a paste. Rub it to the skin in a circular motion.
Tea tree oil–Mix ten drops of tea tree oil with your favourite carrier oil and massage it into the skin.
Lemon juice– Lemon juice is a natural exfoliant that peels off the dead skin cells that may block the hair follicle.
Lemongrass oil– It is antiseptic in nature and is great for treating wounds and preventing them from getting septic. Lemongrass is a common ingredient in many commercial lotions and creams used to cuts and wounds. Dab one drop of oil along with carrier oil on the ingrown hair.
Corn starch-Corn starch works as a natural exfoliator that can help remove the dead skin cell so there won’t be any blocked hair growth on the skin. Just add water to your cornstarch and apply the paste to your skin.
Cucumbers-cucumbers have anti-inflammatory & hydrating abilities that soothe the irritating symptoms caused by an ingrown hair. Cucumbers relieve itchiness along with pain as well. Apply cold cucumber slices to the area of the ingrown hair.
Sugar-Sugar is able to bring out the ingrown hair and eliminate the dead skin cells altogether. It works as a natural exfoliator and especially well mixed with a little bit of honey.
Eucalyptus Oil– This germicidal quality makes it an antiseptic, which means it is suitable to treat wounds, burns, cuts, ulcers, sores, and abrasions. Dab one drop of oil along with carrier oil on the ingrown hair.
Aloe Vera–Aloe Vera is cooling & soothing. It provides fast relief from inflammation and itchiness associated with ingrown hairs. It has the capacity to heal and protect the skin from any infection.
Apple cider vinegar– Apple cider vinegar is antibacterial. It has anti-inflammatory abilities, inhibits infection and eliminates any bacteria on your skin. Apply a cotton ball soaked with apple cider vinegar to the ingrown hair.
Coconut oil– This magical oil can moisturize the skin. It is naturally antibacterial and has antifungal qualities. Moisturize with this every day to prevent ingrown hairs.
Witch hazel– this product is a topical antibacterial and astringent in nature. Apply witch hazel to the skin where there is an ingrown hair.
Lavender oil-Lavender essential oil is especially effective in treating acne because it inhibits the growth of bacteria while speeding up the healing process of the blemishes. Dab one drop of oil along with carrier oil on the ingrown hair.
Potatoes-Potatoes reduces the redness and itching caused by ingrown hairs. An age-old remedy claims that the starch found in the potato will draw out the hair when applied to the affected area.
Garlic– It is a natural antiviral and has antibacterial abilities. Apply a paste to the affected area.
Milk and bread compress-One of the old-fashioned ingrown hair home remedies involves warming up a small amount of milk, dipping some bread into it, and placing the now damp bread on the ingrown hair.
Warm compress -The heat from the compress helps increase blood circulation to the affected skin area. It helps speed up the healing process of the painful ingrown hair bumps.
Oregano oil– Oregano essential oil has been found to protect from many strains of bacteria such as E. coli, Staphylococcus, and salmonella. Dab one drop of oil along with carrier oil on the ingrown hair.
There are countless ingredients, herbs, flowers, oils and common home remedies to treat ingrown hairs. Some will prevent ingrowns, and some will treat them.
No matter what you use, do a test patch on your skin. Essential oils must be added to a carrier oil. If you are unsure about some of the ingredients or uses, seek help from an aromatherapist or naturopathic doctor.