Sometimes painful and often gross, ingrown hairs are best when they’re not around. Ingrown hairs form under the skin when hair follicles don’t grow up but instead curl back down. They leave you with a little bump, a bit of pus, and some work to do: natural ingrown hair removal.
If you normally exfoliate your skin, you’re probably thinking, “I’m okay, I won’t get any ingrown hairs.” You’re probably wrong. Ingrown hairs play by no rules. People with coarse, curly hair are more likely to get ingrown hairs, but anyone who shaves can succumb to these nasty little bumps.
Ingrown Hair: Hair Under Your Skin
Even if you don’t have coarse, curly hair (i.e. pubic hair) or you don’t shave ever, you can still get an ingrown hair. Any kind of hair removal–shave, wax, sugar, etc… makes ingrown hairs more likely. Yes, exfoliating helps prevent ingrown hairs, but what’s the best way to do ingrown hair removal after they’ve shown up?
Ingrown Hair Removal Oil
All you need is a little bit of oil. Easy to make, gentle on the skin, and smells amazing, this ingrown hair treatment works wonders and is all-natural. With only three ingredients, keep this on file for the next time an ingrown hair pops up.
You will need:
- 3 Tablespoons coconut oil
- 12 drops tea tree oil
- 7 drops lavender oil
- Mix the ingredients in a small, sealable jar.
- Apply a small amount to the ingrown hair or affected area after shaving, or waxing. Rub it in until absorbed.
Why does this work so well? Because of the cleansing benefits of the oils. Oils are naturally attracted to other oils, so the gunk and pus built-up under your skin will be drawn out and removed just by using other oils. These three oils have other health-promoting properties as well.
Coconut oil moisturizes while it cleanses. Coconut oil has antifungal, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties in its medium-chain fatty acids. Its gritty texture works as an exfoliant while it cleans and nourishes your skin.
Tea tree oil also holds healing properties. Nourishing and hydrating, tea tree oil is antibacterial and antifungal as well. Lavender oil has been called the most versatile of the essential oils, making it–I suppose– the most essential oil. Starwest Botanicals is a great source of organic tea tree oil if you’re looking for an easy way to buy this healing oil.
Ingrown Hair Relief
Lavender oil is enough to cure the anxiety of ingrown hairs, because lavender oil has anti-anxiety properties. Lavender will ease the ingrown hair just as well as it will ease you mind, though. Another antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, lavender oil was chosen not just for its wonderful smell, but for its wonderful benefits.
This ingrown hair removal treatment is effective, and I’m sure the oils chosen were chosen for their health benefits–but not only for their health benefits. This mix of oils smells wonderful, which instantly makes you forget about your pustule problem.