Home Remedies for Removing and Preventing Ingrown Hairs
Hairs can become trapped under the skin appearing on the surface as small or very large cyst like bumps resembling acne. 
Ingrown hairs can be caused by a build-up of dead skin cells, friction, and tugging on the skin while shaving. 
Here remedies to help remove, heal and prevent ingrown hairs.   

1. Epsom Salt Exfoliating Bath 
Salt naturally draws out impurities from within the skin along with healing and destroying bacteria. Since ingrown hairs are trapped beneath the skin and often contain bacteria this treatment is the number one remedy for removing ingrown hairs and healing infection.

Instructions: Full a tub with lukewarm water then add 1 cup of Epsom salt mixing thoroughly until salt is dissolved. Soak in bath water for 30 minutes while gently exfoliating the skin with a washcloth or loofah to remove dead skin cells sealing follicle opening. After bath apply an application of Aloe Vera gel or moisturizer. Repeat daily until you see ingrown hair exposed on the surface of the skin to remove easily. To prevent ingrown hairs repeat exfoliating Epsom salt bath at least once a week.   

2. Baking Soda Exfoliating Treatment
Baking soda is a disinfectant that kills bacteria. It will draw out impurities, kill bacteria promoting healing and gently exfoliate the skin removing dead skin cells blocking follicle opening trapping hair. 

Instructions: Mix 1/4 cup baking soda with 1 cup of lukewarm water to create a thin paste. Gently massage the paste over infected skin in a circular motion using a washcloth for several minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water then apply Aloe Vera gel or moisturizer to keep skin moist. Repeat twice a day until the ingrown hair reaches the surface of the skin and is easy to remove without damaging the skin. 

3. Coffee Exfoliating Treatment
The acidic properties in coffee act as an anti-inflammatory that reduces swelling while the textured grounds gently exfoliates the skin removing dead skin cells exposing trapped hair for easier removal. 

Instructions: Mix 1/4 cup of unused coffee grounds with 1 cup lukewarm water creating a thin grainy paste. With a washcloth apply the mixture onto affected area gently massaging in a circular motion for several minutes then rinsing with lukewarm water and moisturizing with Aloe Vera gel. Repeat twice a day until trapped hair can be easily removed.  

Tips for Preventing Ingrown Hairs

1. Exfoliate prior to removing hair to remove dead skin cells which block hair follicles trapping hair. 
2. Soft the skin prior to removing hair. Moisturized skin helps to keep follicle opening clear of dirt, oils, and dead skin cells. 
3. Apply an antibacterial cream or oil, such as tea tree oil or lavender after removing hair to prevent a bacterial infection from occurring. 

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