What Is an Ingrown Hair?
An ingrown hair can occur literally anywhere on the body where hair grows, and hair actually grows everywhere on the body except on the palms of your hands and the bottoms of your feet. Ingrown hairs can occur for many different reasons but they tend to happen with hair removal is involved.
If a hair is cut, ripped or pulled out, it may grow back in differently. An ingrown hair is a new hair that grows up and out, but then curls back on itself and reenters the skin.
Why Do Ingrown Hairs Occur in the First Place?
Ingrown hairs tend to happen more with people who have curly hair because they are essentially curly hairs. With that said, most people will experience having an ingrown hair at least once in their life.
Ingrown hairs are also more likely to happen with people who tend to use hair removal processes quite often. Hairs that are left alone on the body will just continue to grow or fall out normally, but when you mess with hairs by cutting them or removing them from the root, they often develop odd tendencies that can lead to the problem of ingrown hairs.
How to Get Rid of Ingrown Hairs on the Stomach
There are many different methods used to get rid of ingrown hairs. Most people have tried to dig out an ingrown hair with a pair of tweezers at one point or another, but that can be dangerous and cause infection. You should never dig into the skin with any kind of utensil. Other than this method, exfoliation tends to work the best. Learn more about exfoliation in the next paragraph.
Preventing the Growth of Ingrown Hairs With Exfoliation
The best way to get rid of ingrown hairs on the stomach is to prevent them from happening in the first place, and the best way to do that is to exfoliate every time you are going to go through a process of hair removal.
What is exfoliation? You have probably heard the word before, but it may be hard to know exactly what exfoliation is. What it is is actually the roughing up of the outer laters of the skin so that dead, dry and flaky layers of the skin come off.
We have many layers of skin on our bodies, but the outer layers often wait to fall off. They are actually dead, but they may still cling to the skin, so we have to help them along with exfoliation.
There are many ways to exfoliate your skin. First, you can consider using a utensil for the shower or bath like a loofah, wash cloth or exfoliating gloves. You will also want to purchase an exfoliating body scrub.
These scrubs and creams usually have small bead in them, sugar or salt. These small and fine pieces act as little pieces of sand to sand away those dull and ugly layers of skin.
Finally, remember to make sure that you never exfoliate your skin every day. This is too much abrasiveness on your skin and may cause irritation or even infection. Exfoliating once every week or once before every time that you remove hair is good.
Force an Ingrown Hair on the Stomach Out of the Hair Follicle
If exfoliation does not work at preventing the ingrown hairs from forming in the first place, you can always try to force the hairs out by using a warm compress. This is done by first getting a clean wash cloth wet with warm water.
Hold the cloth over the ingrown hair for about 5 to 10 minutes. Watch the hair to see if it rises to the surface from the warm steam. If it has not come to the surface of the skin yet, put the warm compress there again until it does.
You can then easily pluck out the hair with tweezers. Always be careful because the skin on the stomach is very thin and you don’t want any scars.
It’s a quite common experience to get an ingrown hair on the stomach, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Use the advice found in the article above to deal with the ingrown hairs that you may get on your stomach. Get rid of those pesky ingrown stomach hairs once and for all!
Overall, I hope you enjoy this article, and as always, I look forward to hearing your thoughts below.