Ingrown facial hairs are especially distressing of course because they are so visible to others.
What are ingrown facial hairs?
They are hairs that have been broken or cut below the skin level which then grow out through the surrounding tissue rather than out through the hair follicle.
Depending on the severity of the condition the following choices are available for solving the problem.
Three Main Choices
1. For those wanting a permanent ingrown facial hairs solution, and who are prepared to pay the higher cost and invest the required time, electrolysis, laser treatment or epilight are viable options.
2. For an economical long term solution use the Ingrown Hair Treatment solution (see Resource box below). This can release trapped hairs and also with regular use after shaving prevent ingrown hairs from forming.
3. For occasional ingrown facial hairs tweezing is probably the best option.
Do not use ordinary tweezers to release the hair as there is the risk of taking out a chunk of the skin with it resulting in more skin irritation and damage. Needle-nose tweezers are best.
For ingrown hairs which are deep, sterilize a pair of needle-nosed tweezers with rubbing alcohol and individually lift each ingrown hair out of its follicle.
If needle-nosed tweezers are not available, wipe a pin or needle and the ingrown area with rubbing alcohol.
Then carefully release the hair in the direction that it grows using the tip of the needle only.
Never jab the needle into the skin.
After the hair is released, wipe the skin with alcohol again.
Additional suggestions for male ingrown facial hairs
Let the beard grow as the hairs will not grow back into the skin once they reach a certain length, or
Avoid shaving totally for 3 to 4 weeks until all lesions have subsided. Apply a mild cortisone cream available on prescription each morning, or
Shave every other day, rather than daily.
Shaving should be done with a sharp razor and if there is a tendency toward ingrown hair, try to minimize the number of times the blade passes over the skin and shave in the direction of the hair growth. (Some individuals can shave against the direction of hair growth to get a close shave without the risk of ingrown facial hairs. Each person is different as to hair texture and skin sensitivity and will need to experiment to see what works for them.)
Waxing, sugaring or tweezing should be done carefully so hair is not broken below the skin level.
By paying attention to the way facial hair is removed, the danger of ingrown facial hairs can be greatly minimized.