How to get rid of scars from ingrown hair
Many of us who are plagued by ingrown hairs often see the end results for years. For most people, they are almost inevitable. They can be unsightly and embarrassing.
You are probably reading this article because you already have done the damage and want to know how to get rid of scars from ingrown hair. It won’t be easy and you may only get a slight reduction in scaring but the end results are worth it.
“What exactly is a scar”?
“When you injure your skin, your body naturally repairs the damage. How your body repairs this damage depends on how deeply the injury penetrates your skin.
If the injury damages the top layer of your skin, you’ll likely see new skin when the wound heals. To repair the damage that goes deeper than the first layer, your body makes a tissue that’s thicker than your skin. This thicker tissue often becomes a scar.
New scars have a pink to reddish colour. As a scar matures, it often turns lighter or darker than your skin.
Most scars are flat, and the skin on top tends to look wrinkled.” American Academy of Dermatology
Preventing ingrown hair scars
Start with prevention. Chances are you got the scar from picking an ingrown hair bump or scab too much. Stop doing this!!! I know its easier said than done. So start preventing ingrown before they even get to the stage where you want to pick at them!
The best way to prevent ingrown hairs is to determine whether shaving or waxing irritates the skin and hair worse. Choose the method which irritates the area the least. You may have to experiment with a few hair removal methods over time but you should eventually find one that works.
Exfoliate the area every day. I know you’ve heard this a thousand times but you have to keep exfoliating off the dead skin cells so the new ones can come in healthy. Exfoliate, cleanse and moisturize every single day with a scrub glove or exfoliation brush.
Natural remedies to get rid of scars from ingrown hair
•Massage olive oil into the scar area. Olive oil is rich in vitamins E and K, and it will help your scars to fade faster. Virgin olive oil is high in antioxidants and has a higher acidity level, which helps to lighten the scars.
Rub a little bit on to the scar and massage into it for 15 minutes.
•Raw honey is a natural moisturizer. It is a great treatment for wounds and stimulates new tissue growth.
Mix 1 tbsp. of raw honey with 21 tbsp. of baking soda
Massage for 5 minutes and wipe clean.
•Apply lemon juice to the scar. Lemons contain alpha-hydroxy acids(AHA) which help to remove dead skin cells, help new cells grow.
Put 2 teaspoons of lemon juice on to a cotton pad
Dab the cotton pad on the scarred area
Let it sit for about 10 minutes and then rinse it off
We have a much larger list of natural home remedies right here!
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No matter which method you choose make sure to check with your skin care specialist or physician to choose a treatment right for you.
If you are going to pick at those scars please be clean, safe and gentle. We have an excellent resource on how to remove ingrown hairs. The article provides an in-depth video as well as a tool used to safely remove an ingrown hair.