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Facts about Ingrown Hair Bumps

Pseudofolliculitis barbae, or, simply, ingrown hair bumps, razor burns, razor bumps or ingrown, are all synonyms for the same problem usually affecting people with curly hair and those who shave often.

Each single person is bound to have at least one case of ingrown hair bump in their life since these are considered normal occurrences affecting all of us from time to time.

Reasons behind Ingrown Hair Bumps

As soon as the hair has been cut below its skin levels, there is a chance that it will become ingrown, causing inflamed bumps to appear on the surface of our skin. This can also happen if the hair breaks below the skin level. Either way, it continues to grow. However, it moves through the skin tissue rather than through the pores.

Waxing is the most common cause of these problems. This happens due to the fact that, while removing hair with wax, we pull out hair follicles at a certain angle which make them grow in a wrong direction afterwards, triggering the appearance of ingrown hair bumps.

Possible Treatments

Once suffering from ingrown hair bumps, you should not ignore them and prolong treatment. This will likely result in inflammation getting worse and possibly evolving into an infection, making the whole problem much more complicated. Also, during the treatment, you must not overdo it since these sensitive parts of our body may get even more inflamed.

The first cure is exfoliating, or removing the dead skin. This should be done gently, especially if you are treating your facial area, using gentle exfoliation scrubs. Using a soft bristle face brush is a good choice as well, because, when used in circular motions, it dislodges the tips of your hairs and keeps the follicles clean.

Alternatively, you may need to change the way you are shaving yourself. You may be keeping the razor too close to the skin, cutting the hairs too deeply. Also, make sure you do not pull your skin during shaving or press the razor excessively. Razors with only one blade are best for shaving since these minimize chances of suffering from ingrown hair bumps.

Finally, if you need to remove the ingrown hair from your skin, you need to do the following. Use a needle which has previously been sterilized and dipped into alcohol for about half a minute. Then, before anything else, apply a hot compress on the troublesome spot. After the alcohol has evaporated from the needle and your pores have become wide opened from the heat, you can use the tip of the needle to gently remove the ingrown hair. Tweezers can be used for this purpose as well. Just make sure you clean the area after the procedure, using warm water and antibacterial soap.

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