Prevention and Treatment of Ingrown Hairs
Growing a beard or allowing hairs to grow well
above the skin surface and the follicle opening may prevent the hair tip
from growing into the skin and thereby preventing ingrown hairs formation. Not all people are willing or able to grow
their hairs long enough to prevent their ingrowing and forming ingrown hairs.
Preventing the tip from "ingrowing" or removing
the ingrown hairs' tips are the ways we can treat this condition. The shorter
the hair is broken (such as in waxing, tweezing or plucking) or cut;
the more time it has, and the greater the likelihood of its growing
into the side of the follicle and producing ingrown hairs.
"Rounded" hair tips (produced by depilatories
that are applied to the skin and hair surface) are less likely to penetrate
the side of the follicle and cause ingrown hairs.
"Sharp" or "pointed" hair tips [such as those
produced by shaving or breaking (waxing, tweezing, plucking)] are more
likely to penetrate the side of the follicle and produce an "ingrown
Depilatories, however, are frequently irritating
to the skin, and the odor produced is offensive to many people. Most
of my patients have already elected to discontinue depilatories before
they even see me for their ingrown hairs.
Permanent hair removal whether by EpiLight pulsed
light (IPL, Intense Pulsed Light), or lasers - when they prevent the hair from regrowing or replace
the larger "terminal" hair with a smaller, thinner, "baby" or "vellus"
finer hair - can successfully treat "pseudofolliculitis", "ingrown hairs"
or "razor bumps".Patients whom I have personally treated with
EpiLight have found their dramatic improvement in ingrown hairs to be "LONG LASTING"
(over 4 years and counting), and VIRTUALLY PAINLESS [less painful without
anesthetic as compared to the more painful (even with topical anesthetic)
electrolysis or laser treatment]. Patients have also reported fewer ingrown hairs.
The NORMALIZATION OF SKIN COLOR, and the REDUCTION
OF PREVIOUS SCARRING are rapid and dramatic changes reported by my patients during the course of ingrown hair treatment.
For more information about EpiLight pulsed light treatment as compared
to other methods of hair removal and treatment for ingrown hairs please visit my Web site
which also has links to
where you can see before
and after photographs, including pictures of patients treated for ingrown hairs, of my results and obtain more information and
a free online consultation.
Using topical "abrasives", "steroids" (cortisone),
anti-inflammatory agents, retinoids, antibacterial agents, antibiotics,
special razors or combs have not been very successful for patients’
Pseudofolliculitis (PFB), Ingrown Hairs (IH), or Razor Bumps (RB). Many
patients have wasted considerable amount of time and money on ineffective
or minimally effective over the counter or prescription products – creams
or devices for ingrown hairs.
Processes such as waxing, plucking, tweezing,
or close shaving routinely produce a worsening of Pseudofolliculitis,
Ingrown Hairs and Razor Bumps. Waxing, plucking or tweezing may produce
a damaged hair follicle or hair shaft that increases Pseudofolliculitis,
Ingrown Hairs, or Razor Bumps.
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