Ingrown hairs can be a frustrating side effect of hair removal for many people, both men and women. The purpose of removing the hair is usually to feel more comfortable, have smoother skin and look nicer; unfortunately uncomfortable ingrown hairs can ruin that for us.
What are Ingrown Hairs?
Ingrown hair is a condition wherein the hair curls back or grows sideways into the skin. It may or may not be accompanied by an infection of the hair follicle or razor bumps (pseudofolliculitis barbae). Ingrown hairs most commonly appear in areas of the skin that have been waxed or shaved such as the legs or pubic area but they can appear anywhere.
What Causes Ingrown Hairs?
The condition is most common for those with coarse or curly hair though it is not specialised to them. The most common cause for ingrown hairs is shaving, the second is waxing, but in fact anything which causes the hair to be broken off unevenly with a sharp tip can cause ingrown hairs, even tight clothing can cause it.
How We Can Help:
Laser hair removal is the deliberate removal of body hair using the technology of laser. Laser hair removal works by targeting the hair follicle with laser light, this energy damages and goes on to destroy the hair follicle, thus stopping the follicle from producing further hairs.
Because it destroys the hair from the root it causes absolutely no ingrown hairs and is an excellent replacement for shaving or waxing if you suffer from ingrown hairs.
For existing ingrown hairs, what normally follows a laser treatment will either be the hair pushed out to then fall away, or the hair reabsorbed by the body and discarded. This does take some but usually those razor bumps will gradually disappear. The only exception to this is if it is scar tissue formed from chronic infection in the area.
Your Next Step:
The first thing you should do is book yourself in for a free consultation. There is no need to shave or do anything before your consultation.
During the consultation you can show the affected area to the technician who will be able to recommend to you the best course of treatments and answer any questions that you may have.
Following that you will have a free patch test. That is the use of a laser on a small affected area to see how your skin reacts to the laser. Once you have shown no adverse reactions to the laser you can get booked in for a full course of treatments.