Against wool

Incorrect use of the shaving machine and strips for hair removal can lead to unpleasant consequences

Smooth skin without hair is a real dream of a modern woman. To date, there are many ways to get rid of excess hair, but after the procedure, some women face an unforeseen difficulty – on the smooth skin there are red painful seals, sometimes turning into inflamed cones. This means that the hair began to grow under the skin, not making it to the top. About why hair changes course, how to avoid inflammation and what to do next learned correspondent SHE.

Suffer from ingrown hair and men: pseudofolliculitis barbae – pseudofolliculitis of the beard (inflammation of the hair follicle when the hair grows) is a common skin problem associated with shaving. According to Olga Vylegzhanina, doctor-dermatologist clinic prof. Pasman, pseudofolliculitis is not a particularly dangerous disease, a maximum, than it threatens, – the emergence of a furuncle. But with the fact that inflammations, especially in areas visible to other people, are unpleasant, doctors agree. What motivates the hair to behave rebelliously and against nature not to sprout through the skin, but to conduct its activity under it? “The reasons can be two,” explains the dermatologist. “This is a predisposition to the skin and incorrectly made hair removal.” Let us consider both cases. 

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How is ingrown hair formed? This happens when the tip of the removed hair is under the surface of the skin. His bent tip (more often this happens with curly hair) rests against the skin. The weakened cut off hair can not break through the compacted horny layer of the skin and begins to grow inside, under the skin. “The thickness of the stratum corneum depends on both physiological characteristics and skin care,” says Ekaterina Lebedko, a cosmetologist at the Sante Estetic salon. 

By the way, hair can grow like blondes, and brunettes – depending on the color of hair specialists do not observe. The only reason why it is believed that brunettes suffer more: black hair is more dense and its ingrowth is more noticeable than that of a thin light hair.

“Most often, hair growth is observed in the bikini and pubic area,” notes Nonna Rujko, a cosmetician at Ahava. “Because the skin in this area is quite dense and at the same time sensitive.” But those who had to fight with ingrownness, and according to observations of the beautician, about 20% of all those who make hair removal, can say that the hair successfully grows on the legs, and under the armpits, and even on the hands. As we have already said, with physiology – dense horny layer – you can fight by skin care. 

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Skin care is also beneficial without ingrown hairs. But when the first tubercles appear, it becomes necessary. When do they appear? Immediately say that pseudofolliculitis is a direct consequence of hair removal and depilation. Shaving, waxing and sugar depilation, electrolysis made with mistakes, can make hair grow incorrectly: “Incorrectly performed electrolysis – when the discharge does not hit the bulb – leads to inflammation of the follicle,” explains Olga Vylegzhanina. – Constant shaving promotes the growth of the horny layer, tearing and removing can lead to a change in the direction of hair growth. ” Another mistake: many prefer to shave their hair against hair growth, believing that shaving on growth is ineffective. But this is a delusion, leading to cuts and ingrown hair. Incorrect angle when tearing off the wax strip leads to the fact that the hair begins to grow, not sticking to the skin, but spiky, and does not always find a place to break through the skin. The only types of hair removal that do not cause hair growth, according to the dermatologist Olga Vylegzhanina, are laser and photoepilation – these methods of action destroy the bulb and hair simply does not grow anymore.

Many people have heard about scrubbing after epilation, but in order to achieve results, it is necessary to do this more than once and not two, but to get used to living by caring for the skin – apply emollients daily after the shower: the skin is softer, the hair is easier to break through. When carrying out epilation care should be carried out on a certain system. 

“I advise clients not to take a shower on the first day after the hair removal procedure, as the water dries out the damaged skin,” says cosmetologist Ekaterina Lebedko.

– On the second day, you can use a moisturizing and emollient after the shower, the third one already needs to loosen the skin with scrubs, so that the growing scales do not become a dense keratinized layer. ” Cosmetologist of the salon Ahava recommends not just using scrubs, but rubbing the skin with a washcloth or a brush.

But what if the hair has grown? If there is no inflammation, then there is nothing terrible in helping him get out with tweezers or needles. And even if reddening has begun, the cosmetician of the Akhava Salon is sure that with the use of disinfectants, complication at autopsy will not occur. Though the doctor-dermatologist nevertheless recommends to open independently nothing to open. The way out of this situation may be a change in the method of hair removal, if the one you used led to an inflammatory process. And do not forget about moisturizing and softening the skin – often only the constant use of funds for the skin of the body along with loosening of the stratum corneum is an excellent prevention of ingrown hairs.