Ingrown Hair Infection
When hair grows at an angle that leads it back into the skin and into the hair follicle instead of outward, it is called ingrown hair. This happens when you try to get a very close shave and the razor hurts the outer surface of the hair follicle, causing the hair to turn inwards and block it. If you have naturally curly hair you would be more prone to this problem. Once the hair gets embedded in the skin, Ingrown Hair Infection may infect the hair follicle, causing inflammation and pus formation. The outward symptoms of this condition are small, painful bumps on the skin which may feel itchy on contact with clothes.
There are a few basic precautions that you should take to prevent this condition. While shaving, be careful that you run the razor only in the direction of the natural growth of hair. This prevents injury to the hair follicles and ensures that the hair does not experience too much pressure. As a rule, you should also apply the shaving cream and wait for at least 5 minutes before you start shaving. This makes the hair softer and reduces the chances of damage to the hair follicles. Use a moisturizing after-shave cream to soothe your skin. While the infection lasts, you should avoid shaving. Besides these general measures, you should follow a few simple home remedies to treat ingrown hair.
A simple way of exfoliating the affected area is to apply either a teaspoon of salt or granulated sugar, add a few drops of water to it and rub the skin in gentle circular motions with this for a couple of minutes. After this, you should wash the skin with water and pat it dry. You may also smear the skin around the infected follicle with a diluted mixture of eucalyptus oil and almond oil. This helps reduce the itching and pain and cures the infection naturally. Application of the juice of aloe vera leaves also helps reduce skin inflammation and irritation as well as in healing the infected follicles naturally. For another remedy, grind a couple of aspirin tablets to powder and mix them with two teaspoons of any essential oil. Apply this paste on the affected area and let it dry in the air for 10 minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water. This salicylic acid present in aspirin acts as an excellent exfoliating agent, while the oil soothes the inflamed hair follicle.