About ingrown hair – Treatment and prevention
About ingrown hair or Pseudofolliculitis barbae
Pseudofolliculitis barbae or ingrown hair refers to the inflammation of a hair follicle. In everyday terms ingrown hair is known as “razor bumps” and “razor burns.”
An ingrown hair is a hair that curls and penetrates the skin with its tip, causing inflammation. It occurs when a hair pierces and enters the skin adjacent to the follicle, causing inflammation and a foreign body reaction. In the same way, when a hair curls back onto itself before exiting the epidermis it often forms an ingrown hair, which, like a razor bump, causes inflammation and a foreign body reaction.
Ingrown hairs are quite common in the beard area of the men. However, they can also occur on other parts of the body where hair is shaved or plucked, especially areas of the body where hair is curly and the skin is sensitive, such as the pubic area. Ingrown hairs are more common among people with very curly hair.
What are infected ingrown hairs and how to get rid of them?
Quite often an ingrown hair becomes irritated or inflamed with bacteria causing troublesome infected ingrown hair. An infected ingrown hair is marked by inflammation of the skin followed by pus formation. It may cause you itching and pain. An infected pustule can become ruptured, resulting in bleeding. In chronic cases, an infected ingrown hair may also generate scars.
Given below are the steps to get rid of an ingrown hair –
Clean the area to remove any bacteria that may be present before attempting to remove the ingrown hair. Soak a clean cloth in warm or hot water and lay it across the infected ingrown hair and surrounding area for about 3 minutes. This will cause the ingrown hair to loosen. This will sometimes make the ingrown hair come up to the surface. Check to see if this has happened otherwise place the cloth over the area again and wait until it does. Using your tweezers,