Ingrown hairs are a common problem for many people. An ingrown hair occurs when the hair curls and grows back into the skin. Also called razor bumps, ingrown hairs can appear in any area that is shaved or waxed. There are many home remedies you can try in order to get rid of ingrown hairs on the breast.
Ingrown hairs usually cause red bumps and are painful. The bumps are often tender, as the hair growing back into the follicle needs to find a place to grow. An ingrown hair is usually the result of improper shaving techniques and can cause scarring and swelling. Shaving too closely or in the wrong direction will often lead to razor bumps because the hair that is cut closely will get trapped in the follicle.
You can reduce the itchiness from ingrown hairs by taking a half of a cucumber and pureeing it. Add 1/3 cup of milk and mix together. Place the mixture in the refrigerator for a few minutes until cold. Soak the mixture in a cloth and apply to the breast area with ingrown hairs. This will help relieve some of the itching and irritation.
To help get rid of an ingrown hair, take one cup of warm water and add 1½ teaspoons of salt to it. Mix together and then soak a cotton ball in the mixture. Apply the cotton ball to the ingrown hairs on the breast and don’t rinse it off. The salt will help to exfoliate the skin as well as cleanse it.
You can also try aloe vera for the irritation an ingrown hair causes. Use aloe vera that is 99 percent pure, which can be found at any drugstore. Apply the aloe vera to the ingrown hairs twice a day for three days. After this time, the swelling and irritation should be gone.
To help with the burning sensation that an ingrown hair often causes, take two uncoated aspirin tablets and dissolve them in warm water. Mix this into a paste and apply to the area on the breast with ingrown hairs. Leave it on for a few minutes and then wash it off with warm water.
If you want to correct an ingrown hair, buy a toothbrush with short bristles. Use a gentle circular motion around the affected area to extricate the ingrown hair and prevent it from growing further into the skin.
If the problem doesn’t improve or gets worse, visit your doctor to get proper medical attention to make sure the area hasn’t become infected.