Why Do Ingrown Hairs Develop?
Ingrown hairs have typically usually grown out of the follicle, but not been able to exit the dermis layer, so they've curled around and stayed trapped—without even exiting the skin. Some hairs have exited and curled back into the skin.
When follicles are clogged, the hair inside it is forced to grow sideways. This is even more likely to happen if the hair is particularly curly, coarse or recently plucked.
Ingrown hairs can be a major issue on the body in areas where people shave. In men, ingrown hairs commonly appear in the beard area, on the chin and cheeks and, typically, the neck. They can also appear on the scalp in those who shave their heads. For women, ingrown hairs appear on these areas: legs, armpits, and the bikini line.
Ingrown hairs look like pustules or pimples on the skin, and typically you can see the hair trapped in the spot which can be filled with pus.
Usually, ingrown hairs can improve without treatment. It’s possible to avoid ingrown hairs by not removing hair in the first place. But for many of us, that's not an option. In which case, there are hair removal methods that lessen the risk of ingrown hairs from developing.
Signs and Symptoms of Ingrown Hairs
Signs and symptoms of ingrown hairs include:
· Hard, little, rounded bumps (papules)
· Little, pus-filled, blister-like lesions (pustules)
· Embedded hairs
· Skin darkening (hyperpigmentation)
The odd ingrown hair is not a cause for alarm, but if you are experiencing chronic conditions then it’s possible to treat it with an experienced dermatologist.
A chronic condition of ingrown hairs can
· Bacterial infection (caused by scratching)
· Skin darkening
· Keloid or permanent scarring
· Pseudofolliculitis barbae, also
called razor bumps