No matter what hair removal methods girls use, they are prone to having ingrown hair during the shave season. Even though ingrown hair is less likely to cause serious health issues, it can lead to red bumps that look like pimples.
The last thing you want to deal with during the beach season is redness, irritation, swelling, inflammation, or even pain. No need to spend money on expensive ingrown hair products. Here are some effective natural remedies to try out:
1. Use black tea bags to relieve inflammation
High-quality black tea is a good source of tannic acid that helps relieve redness and inflammation. Place a tea bag (or two) in a cup of warm water, keep for five seconds and rub it all over the ingrown hair area for a few minutes.
If you suffer from severe irritation, mix a teaspoon of strong tea (place a tea bag in a little amount of hot water) with a teaspoon of coconut water. Use a cotton ball to apply the mixture to the irritated area. Do it twice a day.
2. Soothe skin with honey
Personally, I do not like an idea of applying honey to the skin or hair, but when I am in trouble, I am ready to apply anything to feel relief. Honey is sticky and hard to rinse, but it boasts powerful antibacterial properties, preventing and fighting bacteria and reducing swelling and inflammation. Apply honey to the affected area, and rinse it off after 10-15 minutes. Use 2 to 4 times a day.
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3. Fight bacteria with apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar does not seem like the best remedy for ingrown hair, but it actually works wonders. Apple cider vinegar combats skin bacteria and yeast, lowering the risk of infection and it can also relieve inflammation.Use a cotton ball to apply apple cider vinegar to the affected area and rinse it off with warm water after 5 to 10 seconds.
4. Cool it up with aloe vera
Fight itchiness, inflammation, and bumps by applying a fresh gel from an aloe vera leaf. Leave it for 20 minutes and rinse it off. If you have severe inflammation, try to do it 2 to 4 times a day. Aloe vera provides a natural cooling effect on the skin and helps relieve pain.
5. Ward off infection with tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is known for its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial properties that help ward off infection and heal the skin. Mix a teaspoon of distilled water and 3 to 5 drops of tea tree oil. Apply the mixture to the affected skin, leave for 10 minutes and rinse it off. If you do not have distilled water, you can use a tablespoon of olive oil instead.
6. Help your ingrown hair come out of the skin with sugar
Combine 3 tablespoons of white sugar with 2 to 3 tablespoons of extra-virgin jojoba oil or olive oil. Add a few drops of lavender or tea tree oil. Apply the mixture in a circular motion, and rub gently for a minute. Rinse it off and moisturize your skin. Use once a week. However, if you suffer from the skin irritation or inflammation, it’s best to avoid using it.
7. Hydrate your inflamed and irritated skin with cucumbers
Reduce the swelling and irritation around the skin by placing fresh chilled cucumber slices on the affected area. Cucumbers boast anti-inflammatory and hydrating properties as well as are packed with vitamins and antioxidants that are good for your skin. You can also use mashed cucumbers instead of slices. Apply the paste to the irritated skin and rinse it off after 5 minutes.
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8. Provide a soothing effect with baking soda
Baking soda can also help you get rid of ingrown hair and heal an inflamed skin. Mix baking soda and water to make a fine paste. Apply it to the affected area, leave for 5 minutes and rinse it off. If you don’t have any red bumps and you just want to prevent ingrown hair, consider using a homemade scrub that consists of baking soda, ground oatmeal, honey, and water.
Dealing with ingrown hair is no fun, especially during the beach season. But hopefully, these little natural remedies will help you escape the problem and enjoy smooth, soft and silky skin all year long. If you have any other tried and tested remedies for ingrown hair, please share them with us. Don’t use any of these remedies without consulting your doctor first.
Womanitely does not provide any professional medical advice. The information mentioned above is provided for educational purpose only.