Ingrown hairs on your leg can be a frustrating problem. They can make shaving a painful experience; make the surrounding skin red, infected and inflamed; and leave unsightly scars in their wake. Luckily, it is relatively easy to prevent ingrown hairs on your legs. These home remedies are affordable, painless and can also be applied to any other area of your body where ingrown hairs pop up.
The key to getting rid of ingrown hairs for good is exfoliation. It is easy for sharp, freshly cut hairs to become ingrown when they are surrounded by accumulated dead skin cells. Exfoliate the skin, which makes it difficult for hairs to become ingrown by exposing them to the surface and preventing skin from growing over them.
Purchase a natural sponge loofah. When in the shower or bath, apply soap to the loofah and then scrub the skin on your legs in a circular motion with a fair amount of pressure. Doing this daily will help your body rid itself of those disposable layers of skin that make your hair grow inward. Also, exfoliating will give you smooth, luminous skin to boot.
Any visible ingrown hairs can be easily removed by hand. The best tools for the job are a sharp pair of slanted-tip tweezers; a needle; a small, flexible bright lamp (or any other bright light source); and a magnifying glass. To make sure that you do not infect the ingrown hair, sterilize the needle and the slanted-tip tweezers with alcohol, boiling water or open flame.
Shine the bright light on an ingrown hair and view it through the magnifying glass. Once the ingrown hair is visible underneath a thin layer of skin, take the tip of your needle and remove the hair by sliding the very tip of the needle just under the hair (if you feel any pain you have gone too deep) and lifting it up and out of your skin. Once the hair is visible on the surface of your skin, take the tweezers and remove the hair.
Deeply embedded ingrown hairs may not be accessible to tweezers or a needle, and digging them out of the skin can cause scarring. These problem ingrown hairs are best tackled with a depilatory cream. The chemicals in products like Nair that work to disintegrate hair for easy removal also work as a powerful chemical exfoliant that will peel away the layers over your embedded ingrown hair.
Apply the depilatory cream all over your legs according to the manufacturer's instructions. You can also spot apply to the problem spots. So not apply the depilatory cream to compromised skin. It is best to manually remove the ingrown hair or wait for it to completely heal before applying the depilatory cream, especially if you have been picking at your ingrown hair.
Once the depilatory cream is applied and removed, the ingrown hair should be visible and ready to remove. If not, wait the length of time that the manufacturer recommends between applications (usually 24 hours) and apply the depilatory cream again (although this is rarely necessary).