Ingrowing hair is quite a common problem. There is no way you can stop it whether you shave wax or just decide to let it grow.
I suffer alot from this and will cause absis's I recently went for an operation to remove an absis that had formed due to this problem and it wasnt nice. How you could belive that one simple hair could cause you blood poisoning.
When I first started getting them they were just like little spots that came to the surface and you could pop them to extract the poison then soon they became like boils especially in the groin area and they got painfull the pants that I wore woud rub them and make them get worse.
Since coming out of hospital I still suffer from them but have found methods to calm them down prevent getting them and even get rid of them. Make sure you expholiate buy a pair of expholiating gloves this will bring the poison to the suface so they will not turn into an absis. Still shave try not to wax because that will cause them more due to pulling the hairs out at the roots. Wash regularly or use wet wipe when you go to the toilet if they are in that region. Wear cotton pants and clothing because this allows your skin to breath so infections and bacterias dont really fester with this type of clothing.
If you still get them and they are not going my advice would be to go and see your doctor who can prescribe you some antibiotics that will get rid of them do not let them get too out of control the mini operation is not worth it.
Ingrown hairs have been the bain of my life for the past 10 years, I only have myself to blame though. in 1999 I visited the Canary Islands with a "friend" from work for a fortnights break, her Dad owned an apartment out there so we only had to pay for flights and spending money. I was desperate for a holiday that year so rather stupidly agreed to accompany her.
The holiday itself started off well but after a few days we started to annoy each other and things went rather pear shaped... 3 days before we were due to come home my friend insisted we spend a day at the other end of the Island. I was forced to sit on the beach all morning feeling anxious as I was prone to catching the sun rather too well.
That evening I started to feel sick and clammy and desperate to get in the pool, I had heat stroke from sitting outdoors for too long. I was furious but had no idea of what was to come...
The next morning I woke up and almost screamed the apartment block down when I saw my legs, both of them from just above the knee down were bright red and swollen. I had trouble standing up straight as the skin was so tight plus to make matters worse the skin was starting to blister, little tiny bubbles that were slowly growing bigger.
I had to see a doctor and get my legs treated and bandaged up, I looked a state on the plane home with wrapped up legs sticking out of my shorts. Needless to say things soured badly with my friend and we havent spoken since, but that's another story.
I was told by my doctor back home that I had suffered severe sun burn and would have to use various creams and potions to help the skin heal. I was like a snake shedding it's skin for a few weeks and the blisters took a long time to dry up, I was gutted and scared about skin cancer.
Because the skin on my legs was damaged so much and is now slightly wrinkly and looser than it should be I suffer terribly with ingrown hairs. I have to scrub them in the shower every day and moisturise to prevent the skin drying out and making things worse. I have only a small patch on my left ankle that is smooth, the rest of my legs feel bumpy to the touch and often appear red and inflamed.
Hair removal is a difficult process for me, removing the actual hair is fine, it's when it starts to grow back I have trouble. I can shave as that can cause spots and infections and I hate creams due to the chemically smells. I did try sugaring in a local salon but the effects didnt last long and it was expensive. I've resorted to using a combination of home waxing, epilation and tweezers.
Having bumpy, ugly legs gets me down at times and I often dread the summer as I long to wear skirts and shorts but daren't as I don't want my legs on show. I have tried many so called solutions to ingrown hairs with little success, Nads products from Australia seem to be having a positive effect at the moment but I'll have to wait and if see if the effects are long lasting.
I'm lucky that I have a loving partner who loves me for who I am and not what I look like. He helps to boost my confidence and assures me my legs arent as I bad as I fear. I still cant help feeling bad about them though and rather unfeminine.
The result of this is that I now cant sunbathe anymore but thats no bad thing as I do tend to overheat easily. I would say to anyone please think twice before going out in the sun and look after your skin, otherwise you could end up suffering like me.
In growing hairs are common in both men and women who shave parts of there bodys, an in growing hair can occur on any part of the body, more commonly on the faces of men as they are the most often shaved part of all.
An in growing hair occurs when a layer of skin has been allowed to develop over a hair follicle, stopping the hair from growing out through the hair follicle.
When this happens the hair does not just not grow it grows under the skin instead and because the body sees this as a foreign body it gets infected and swolen, producing a spot like lump.
If left untreated it can turn into an abses.
You can get a cream from your doctor which will burn away the hair and clear up any infection.
I have found that prevention is less painful than cure, its very simple realy, expoliating the skin with either an exfoliating sponge, glove or body wash will stop the skin growing over the hair folicle and reduce this problem. Also oberve new hair growth and if it looks like the hair hasnt made it through the skin gently squeeze the area like you would with a spot and you will see the hair pop out.
Ingrowing Hair as i read from other sources, usually occures mainly with men more than women and thats true percentage wise!
The reason: Once shaved, hairs start their regrowth process but fail to grow out of the skin therefore curl over the inside of the follicle located under the skin creating a foreign body reaction within the follicle and resulting in an inflamed bump.
A CAUSE NOT USUALLY MENTIONED but MOST COMMON!!!
The Ingrowing Hair situation does not only occur in those areas commonly shaved, actually certain people never encountered this condition because of shaving....
Tight underpants, Jeans, briefs atc...(ANY TIGHT GARMENTS)
These cause a sort of friction on the skin in the areas where the material is mostly in contact with the skin, therefore resulting in the hairs burning, derooted, pulled out, detached, etc.. (ANOTHER SORT OF SHAVING BASICALLY but not intentional) that is why many people seek medical attention when they discover a strange and very painful bump in weird areas...
At this stage you should consult your doctor who will prescribe a medicated cream to rub over the area with this condition... The cream will eaze the discomfort of the bump or lump and will also start eating at the hair until rejected by the body.
Now I was thinking about ingrowing hairs a couple of weekends ago. No I havent gone mad but my boyfriend was going on about this dark black hair just under his chin that was itching like crazy. The thing is it wasnt sticking out of his skin but you could see the hair just under the surface of the skin. After a painful five minutes and a bit of bleeding and broken skin later we had pulled the offensive hair out but it did get me thinking about how we could have got it out a bit easier.
What is ingrowing hair?
Well, it is exactly as the name suggests where the hair actually grows under the skin instead of what they usually do and break out of the skin. This generally causes the area to itch and become quite sore. They also are characterised quite a lot by the lump that gets produced as the hair is trying to break out of the skin but because it cants it will continue to grow in that area causing small lumps at the surface of your skin.
How is it caused?
It is caused by a multitude of things such as shaving, waxing and even just general day to day activities. Basically anything that pulls a hair out can result in it becoming ingrown. When a hair is pulled out or shaved down to the pore then sometimes the skin can close up around that area so it stops the hair from coming out of the surface and it is trapped under the skin.
Right in a little bit more detail here it goes. So when you shave and wax you do run the risk of getting rid of the hair so much that it actually breaks under your skin surface. You will not know that you have done this in many circumstances. What then happens is that the hair will begin to grow. The root of the hair is called a follicle and this is where hair growth begins. With some hairs when they begin to grow they immediately begin to curl, this is seen most in pubic hair. When the hair curls it can start to curl around the follicle and in a way goes in the opposite direction that it needs to go.
Because the hair is growing the other way and therefore is preventing itself from breaking the surface, it will cause your body to react to what is happening. The area will generally react with an inflammation which is why the area will suddenly come up in a lump which is often a very red colour and sore.
Where and who will it effect?
Now this problem effects anywhere that you have hair especially where you shave so expect to see it on arm pits and legs in particular for women and faces on men. Yes it can effect everybody and unfortunately nobody is exempt from it. It is likely that in your life time you will get plagued by this problem at least once so get used to the idea.
Can it be treated?
Well the answer to this one is yes. There are products such as ingrow go that actually aid to reduce the pain and lumps that are caused by ingrowing hairs. You can get a bottle of this for £10 17 and it will last you a long time. I have just bought a bottle as both me and my boyfriend tend to get them so I thought it would be a good investment. You literally only have to apply a little of the ointment on the affected area and within twenty four hours you should notice a difference. People who do suffer from this problem will know that
From what I can read on the instructions is that how this product works is as follows. When you place the product over the infected area it will increase liquid flow into the area of skin. What the product is effectively doing is making the pores of the skin softer and wider so that the offensive hairs can break out of the surface.
Well now that little explaining job is over we can get to the opinions on the subject. I personally suffer a lot from ingrowing hairs under my arms because I shave there every day which I know cannot be great for me but when they come up with a very painless hair removal technique I am going to have to keep on doing it. The problem is actually quite embarrassing. I mean imagine when you have great big red ugly lumps under your arms and then you have to reach and get something from a shelf with your arm pit on full view of the whole office. Although nobody ever says anything you just know they have noticed and although it is a common problem I get embarrassed that it happens.
To add to the embarrassment of it all, you actually do get really sore because of it. I have had times when my under arms have been so sore that putting a jacket on for work is agony as every time the material rubs against them it hurts. I know it sounds silly but although they are small areas they can actually ruin your day because you cannot stop thinking about them and worrying that somebody will see.
Plus I dont know about other people but for me and my boyfriend they actually itch like mad. I think this is very embarrassing not so much for my boyfriend as he generally gets them on his face, but for me I often get them under my arms and I dont like the fact that I look like a monkey all day as Im scratching under my arms.
So they have released a product that supposedly gets rid of them and it actually does help. I have only used it once since I actually bought it just over a week ago and it does work pretty well. It is one of these things though that I think does not necessarily present you with the best solution but actually gives you a bit of peace of mind that you are doing something about the problem.
From personal experience the worst thing you can do when you get ingrowing hairs is pick and squeeze at the lump until the hair pops out. This results in you being left with even more redness and swelling in the area not to mention making it extremely sore. I know for a fact that because you can see the hair under the skin it is tempting to get a pair of tweezers to get it out but it will hurt and you ill make a bit of a mess of your skin which will then take a lot longer to repair.
In conclusion I know a lot of people actually suffer from this very common problem and it is embarrassing and makes you feel uncomfortable but at least you know that if you do get some annoying ingrowing hairs then there is something you can do about them.whatever you do though remember it is better to leave them alone then to mess about with them. In fact just ignore that they are there,
Not a particularly pleasant review but sometimes these things just have to be thought about.
Thanks for reading.
i I had heard about the condition called ?ingrown hair? but, until a couple of years ago, had never really thought about it at all. Why should I? It had never affected me. It still has never affected me personally but has affected a loved one of mine. Before I tell you about the events leading up to the discovery of this condition, and the recuperation of my loved one, I think I should enlighten you as to some of the causes, and cures, of this condition. From the information I have gleaned, this condition usually affects men more than women, I guess because men shave regularly (yes, I know ? so do we!). What is ingrown hair? ===================== Ingrown hairs form when hairs grow back after shaving, electrolysis, waxing or any other kind of hair removal methods but then these hairs fail to grow out of the skin. so, in effect, the hairs curl over inside the follicles located under the skin (similar to a ?razor bump? hair curling above the skin). By doing this curling, the hair then creates a foreign body reaction in the hair follicle which then becomes inflamed and results in a rather horrible bump. So, these ingrown hairs can occur in all the places that we shave/ wax etc: arm pits bikini lines neck (mostly men! well, hopefully!) It?s hard to believe but a lot of europeans suffer this ailment on a daily basis but it does mainly occur in men because they have to shave often. Every time a man shaves, he sharpens the ends of the follicles and when the facial hair begins to grown it bends and twists. eventually, the sharpened end of the hair can easily penetrate the skin next to the hair follicle. Most of you men out there will know the pain involved when you get these nasty razor bumps. The area not only becomes itchy but infected. How can I get rid of ingrown hair? ==================
=============== After shaving, men should use aftershave balm as this helps the skin to fight off various types of bacteria and allows the skin to heal. There are various creams on the market which can be applied; here are some of those remedies: ? Elicina ? natural product containing 7 of the most valued skin care ingredients ? powerful natural glycolic acid in combination with allantoin, proteins, natural antibiotics, elastin and collagen. All are biological ingredients that match up with your skin. Apparently, your skin recognises the ingredients the substances and uses them therefore boosting the skin?s ability to repair itself. ? Kalo Ingrown Hair treatment ? spray bottle ? Priva Shave ? for ingrown hairs, razor bumps and rashes. ? Ultra cream ? 3 in 1 product, pre-shave lubricant and skin conditioner ? Tend Skin ? they claim application of this product increases the fluid ingress into the skin which tends to squeeze the hair follicles which, in turn, decreases the diameter of the follicles so there?s less room in the interior of the follicles. Squeezing the follicles then forces the ingrown hairs to exit from the pores ie. above the surface of the skin. ? Ingrow Go ? ideal for men and women ?face, neck, bikini line, armpits etc. If you have managed to grow a beard then this is one way in which to stop ingrown hairs as the hair is long and cannot grow back into the skin. By using depilatories rather then shaving ? the tips of the hair are ?rounded? after using this form of hair removal which means that the hair is less likely to penetrate the side of the follicle. MY PERSONAL STORY ================== A couple of years ago, my dog Molly (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel) started to gain weight, especially around her neck ar
ea and became very lethargic and moody. I thought she must be pregnant because my other dog, Ruben, had not been neutered and Molly had just finished her ?season?. Her collar became too small and I thought I should take her to the vets. Off we went, vet examined her and stated categorically that Molly wasn?t pregnant. She must be, why is she like this then? The vet said he couldn?t understand why and, as always, started stroking her little head cos he really loves my Molly. Then he said ?what?s this then Molly?? and he parted the hair on the left side of the top of her head. ?Oh, dear, is this what I think it is?? he said. ?What is it?? I said. He told me thought, but wasn?t sure because it was extremely rare, but he thought it was an ingrown hair. He got a magnifying glass and showed me. It looked like a tiny little spot. How he found it I don?t know cos I stroke her head often and couldn?t feel it. He told me he wasn?t worried about it cos he wasn?t totally sure it was an ingrown hair but he would check it in two weeks? time when I had to take Molly back for her injection. A couple of days later, I returned home from work about 7pm as I had worked a little bit later and hubby had already left home to go to work (he was doing late shifts). I took one look at Molly and fear struck me. The left side of the top of her head had a massive great big lump on it ? about 2 inches high ? and she looked in sheer agony. I felt the lump and it was absolutely rock hard. I rang hubby and told him to get home pronto and how could he leave Molly in that condition. ?In what condition? he said. I told him. He told me that there was no lump on her head when he had left home at 5pm! So, in 2 hours a lump of 2 inches had suddenly appeared. My vet was closed for the night so I rang the emergency vet and we
took her to him. He examined the lump and could see she was in the most dreadful pain. He tried to extract fluid from the lump but couldn?t ? all he could extract was blood ? so he gave her an antibiotic injection and told me to take her to my own vet first thing in the morning. Needless to say, I thought ?Sod work, Molly is more important? and was at the vets by 8.00 am next day by which time she had become really, really ill. The vet took one look at her and told me to leave her and he would operate that afternoon. I went to work that morning but couldn?t concentrate, what if she died, I couldn?t forgive myself. How was I to know what was wrong with her when I thought she was pregnant. I rang the vet several times that day but was told she had her operation and I could collect her at 7pm that evening. When my hubby and I went to collect her, we were taken in to see the vet first. He was so excited. Why was he excited, I thought. This is my dog he is excited about, what was wrong with her? He brought a plastic container over to us (you know, the ones that you pee in when going to the hospital/doctors). Inside looked like a mass of black gunge and hair. He opened the lid and the most foulest of smells came out from the container. It was indeed ingrowing hair. It must have been ingrowing for quite some time because there was a massive clump of hair which had grown in a circular movement. He told us that he had to remove quite a large amount of Molly?s flesh/skin around the area of the ingrown hair to try and making absolutely certain that there weren't any other ingrowing hairs left and he had to pull her skin very tight over her head. He said he had only ever seen this condition once previous and that was when he was training to be a vet and he thought it was such an honour to operate on Molly! (My vet is in his 50
s). We were told that it may occur again or it could occur in another part of her body. No-one could be sure what would happen. He brought Molly to us and she looked pitiful with half her head shaven, lots of stitches and a plastic dog collar on! We took her home and cared for her, had to force down the painkillers and antibiotics and, believe it or not, two days after her operation she was like a flea running about and enjoying life. The poor thing must have been in agony but I didn?t know until the latter stage. It took a while for her hair to grow back and even to this day, I watch her like a hawk for any signs that this may reoccur. Sometimes she scratches that particular part of her head and I am like a monkey checking her skin, not for fleas, but for any little tell-tale bumps cos she would be taken straight to the vets! So, you see, ingrowing hairs can happen not only to us humans but to our beloved pets but they can?t tell us what is wrong. We have to keep our eyes open and check them. I was lucky that my pet insurance paid for this treatment because otherwise it would have cost me approximately £350. So, all you pet owners, make sure you have adequate pet insurance to cover any sudden illnesses that may happen to your beloved pet. FOR INFORMATION VISIT SOME OF THESE SITES: http://www.mankind.co.uk/ProductDetails.asp?ProductID=2186 1 http://www.garden.co.uk/tendskin/tendskin1.htm http://www.body4real.com/indexS3.htm http://www.elicinaeurope.com/ingrownhair.html