What are ingrown hair scars? Do they go away or you have to try the various ways to get rid of them? Learn more about including tissue scars and the various treatments or ways of getting rid them, which could be on your legs, stomach, face, bikini or your pubic areas.
These scars one of the consequences of having ingrown hairs, which according to WebMD, “are hairs that have curled around and grown back into your skin instead of rising up from it.”
Also, such hairs might also cause uneven skin tone, skin infections, itchiness, red bumps, boil like sores that are painful, skin irritation, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (dark marks), or even keloid scars (a scar bump).
Anyone can get ingrown hairs and a number of factors such as ethnicity (Latin Americans and African Americans tend to have curly coarse hairs), clogged hair follicle by dead skin cells or sebum, having curly thick hair, shaving, waxing, tweezing and razor bumps can increase the chances of having this problem.
Finally, if you have the habit of squeezing, picking or scratching the raised red bumps due to ingrown hairs, you are likely to discolor your skin and end up with scars.
Where can you get them
Some of the common areas you are likely to end up with them include pubic and bikini areas, face, legs, stomach, chin, inner thigh, etc.
Since men tend to have these hairs on their chin, neck, and cheeks after shaving, there are the same areas where they are likely to end up with these scars but can also have them on other hairy body parts especially if they often shave them.
On the other hand, women tend to have these scars on legs, buttocks, armpits, bikini areas including along the bikini line, etc.
Are these scars and dark marks a serious problem?
Whereas it might sound a smaller problem, it is a serious one and it is giving a lot of people a sleepless night. Just to sample experiences, here is what a few people are asking or saying online:
“A few years back I stupidly shaved the hair underneath my belly button. Fast forward, I now have ingrown hairs & red & brown ingrown hair scars that won’t fade. I picked at them when I knew I shouldn’t have, but I haven’t for a while now. I have formed multiple ingrown hairs and many of the spots are due to trying to dig them out. I exfoliate it every day and have tried bleaching cream. I can’t afford laser treatment so maybe oils or affordable prescription? I need to be able to do it at home” [realself.com]
“Hi, I am 16 and I have little dark marks and scars all over my vagina area from shaving my vagina. I am a darker in complexion and the marks are from ingrown hair marks that healed after I shaving. The dark marks are all over my vagina and also on my bikini lines from shaving. Please help me, how can I get rid of these marks and is it possible to exfoliate that area and if it is possible how can I exfoliate it. And can you please give me a solution that does not have to do with using bleaching creams because bleaching creams ruin the skin. Please help me; it’s embarrassing and unpleasant………..thank you” [steadyhealth.com]
Clearly, you can see the pain and frustration of the above people who badly want to clear or fade the resulting scars. If you are also one of them, silently suffering from this problem, it is a time we explored some of the best ways to remove them fast and effectively.
How to get rid them on the face, Legs, stomach & bikini area
No one wants to have scars anywhere on their body including irrespective of what causes them. They can lower someone’s self-esteem and be embarrassing. Imagine who you would feel if you have them in pubic or bikini area and you are about to have a romantic moment. You will really want to try to hide your unsightly scars on especially the groin or bikini areas!
Let us discuss the various ways to get rid of, treat, heal, remove or fade these scars:
Following the correct hair removal procedure and care after hair removal is important in ensuring you do not end up with these scars. Using the right sharp shaving blade, exfoliating before shaving, shave in the right direction, use gels and lotions as you shave, treating your skin after shaving, trying other hair removal techniques such as a laser, etc. This will ensure you do not have any dark marks, spots or even razor bumps.
If you notice any ingrown hairs, how you are going to treat them will determine the extent of scarring you will suffer from. Dealing with them wrongly will worsen their appearance.
To begin with, do not shave, wax, or pluck until the ingrown hairs have been removed. Furthermore, picking or scratching them will worsen them and cause inflammation.
Secondly, remove dead skin by exfoliating. Using retinoids like tretinoin (Retin-A or Renova) can fasten clearing of dead skin and reduce dark patches. Try Melapads Daily Exfoliating Pads since they “may provide some exfoliating benefit to relieve the dark spots as well as eliminate future ingrown hairs” [kareskin.com].
Finally, try anti-inflammatory creams such as steroid and if you have an infection, antibiotics might be prescribed.
If your them legs, chin, pubic area, face, stomach etc. are conspicuous, you can opt for the faster scars removal techniques, which may be expensive. Common treatments will include:
- Laser scar treatment
- Chemical peels
- Dermabrasion and microdermabrasion
- Punch technique
There are tons of creams, lotions, and gels, which can help reduce their appearance and/or lighten dark areas and marks. Some of the common ones you should give a try include:
- Glycolic acid lotion: This is one of the Alpha Hydroxy Acids or AHAs “topically to exfoliate the skin and to reduce the appearance of age spots, acne scars, and irregular pigmentation” [health.howstuffworks.com]
- Melarase creams – these creams will help to fade scars and dark spots on legs, face, stomach, etc.
- AMBI Fade Cream
- Bio oil – for mild fresh ones
- Mederma Advanced Scar Gel
- Origins Super Spot Remover Blemish Gel
- philosophy “Miracle Worker” Dark Spot Corrector
There are many other creams, serums, gels, and lotions that can help in dealing with such scar tissue we have not mentioned. See the advice of your dermatologist for best cream choices or read reviews and user experiences.
Another way to get rid of these scars is trying various home remedies. Although unproven, can reduce their appearance and/or whiten the dark spots.
Some of the common remedies employs use of onion juice, tomato pulp, lemon juice, sandalwood, olive oil, nutmeg, turmeric , coconut oil, orange peels, Gotu Kola, cucumber, oatmeal, garlic, potatoes, pineapple juice, vitamin E oil, tea tree oil, baking soda, honey, aloe vera, among others.
These remedies are not just to fade or minimize them but also treat any other and minimize pigmentation due to the scars.
I hope the above approaches will help you treat, cure or clear ingrown hair scars effectively. Let your dermatologists help you on decided, which would be the best way to remove ingrown hair scars from legs, stomach, face, bikini, pubic areas, armpits, on the chin, etc.
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