Ingrown hairs are a common problem and are often caused by traditional hair removal techniques such as shaving, waxing or plucking. For the majority of people trying to rid of unwanted body hair, using these traditional hair removal methods means dealing with their side effects such as razor bumps and ingrown hairs.
In the past, there were only a handful of techniques for treating or preventing these ingrown hairs. One of which was to exfoliate, which softens the skin giving the hair a better chance of pushing through the skin. Another option was to apply medicated creams or lotions which were often ineffective. The last option was to simply stop removing hair from the area which was affected by ingrown hair, which for most of us is not an option!
Luckily, they are alternative methods of hair removal such as laser treatment which can remove the risk of ingrown hairs altogether. Not only does laser hair removal permanently reduce hair growth after a number of sessions, it can also remove and effectively treat the side effects caused by other forms of hair removal.
What are ingrown hairs?
Ingrown hairs occur when a piece of hair cannot pierce through the surface of the skin. When it is unable to do so, it begins to grow back on itself underneath the skin. Usually, ingrown hairs are a product of waxing or shaving but they can also appear anywhere on the body. Ingrown hairs are most common for individuals who have thick or coarse hair, but people with finer hair can also be affected.
Ingrown hairs are often unsightly and can also become infected which is not what you want especially if you are looking at facial or brazilian removal. Once infected, you may experience redness around the affected area, this can lead to itching which in turn irritates the area further. This can easily become a vicious cycle.
How does laser hair removal help with ingrown hair?
Laser hair removal works by killing the hair at the follicle. Once the hair follicles have absorbed the laser light, they are destroyed and can no longer support hair growth. After just one laser hair removal session, the ingrown hair follicle will be damaged to the point that it will no longer be able to grow.
Not only does laser hair removal kill existing ingrown hairs, it can also reduce the chance of any new hair becoming ingrown. This is due to the fact that areas treated by lasers often grow hair which is thinner and finer. These newly grown hairs will usually find it easier to erupt from the follicle, making ingrown hairs a thing of the past.
So, if you’re sick of having to deal with this annoying and sometimes uncomfortable side effect of traditional hair removal techniques, it’s time to consider laser treatment.
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