Ingrown Leg Hair

Facts About Ingrown Leg Hair

Ingrown leg hair, is as the name implies, hair that is not growing the way it normally should, which is to say, outwards. Of course we can have more than one ingrown leg hair at a time, and some do, but at one time or another most of us are going to have to put up with one.

Women are much more apt to experience an ingrown leg hair than are men, due to the fact that one of the principal causes of an ingrown hair is shaving, and most women shave their legs, while most men do not. In addition, those with naturally curly body hair are more apt to experience ingrown hair, simply due to the fact that during its growth, the hair may part of the time grow back towards its own follicle or towards a neighboring follicle.

An ingrown leg hair is seldom anything particularly serious, unless of course it gets infected. This can happen if the ingrown hair isn't taken care of in a reasonable time. Usually though, the hair is easily removed although in some cases it may take a little time. We don't yank or pull an ingrown hair our forcefully. It's more a matter of trying to coax it out.

One would think that shaving would have a tendency to lessen the chance of having an ingrown hair, since if you remove the hair, there's nothing to grow back in. What can happen however, is that in shaving, a hair can be cut at a sharp angle, leaving a spear like tip. Even a "soft" hair, when short with a spear-like tip, is quite capable of penetrating back into the skin as it starts to grow out again. That isn't to say that shaving causes ingrown hairs, but rather that shaving increases the possibility, statistically, of getting an ingrown leg hair.

If you do get an ingrown leg hair, it can appear anywhere on the leg, but most of the time will be found under the knee or between the thighs. Sometimes you may feel one before you see it, and then notice a swollen bump in the skin which may also appear to be red or white. Most of the time, an ingrown hair is located just under the outer layer of skin, and you may even be able to see it.

Remove Or Freeing An Ingrown Hair - The first thing you can try is simply to attempt to gently extract it with a pair of tweezers. It usually helps to scrape the skin a way a bit, not to much, but enough to remove some of the outer layer of dead cell, making the job easier. If the hair isn't coaxed out easily, stop trying as you may simply irritate it. You may find yourself having to exfoliate the area several times, or apply salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide to the area several times to coax the hair out. You can also wet a washcloth with hot water and press it against the area where the ingrown hair resides. Hot water treatments normally cause the hair to move closer and closer to the surface, to the point where it can be more easily extracted. Just don't try to gouge the hair out. This opens the door to infection and scarring, not to mention some pain.

Once the ingrown leg hair is out, and is lying above the surface of the skin, it's usually best to leave it alone and let it grow naturally, rather than shave it off immediately, which may cause it to head in the wrong direction once again. Usually though, a hair once free, isn't too apt to give a repeat performance.