When the hair is shaved too close, it may cause the hair to reverse and turn over and enters the hair follicle. Instead of growing out of it an ingrown hair may continue to grow inside the hair follicle, which in turn would cause a pimple or a bump on the skin.
What Causes Ingrown Hair on Legs?
Instead of growing straight out of the hair follicle, an ingrown hair may change direction and grow at an angle and pierce the follicle or burrow back into the skin. This in turn may result in irritation of the skin, causing the skin to get inflamed and may form a bump or a pimple on the skin. Ingrown hair is common in individuals of African origin or individuals with curly hair. These individuals are at a greater risk of developing ingrown hair compared to individuals with straight hairs. In addition an ingrown hair may be caused due to a close shave, may cause the tip of the hair to change direction and enter the skin.
Ingrown Hair on the Legs
Ingrown hair on the legs may be associated with the following symptoms,
- The affected follicle and the adjoining area may become inflamed and tender.
- When the bump or the pimple gets infected, pus may start accumulating in the region, which may further increase the inflammation, redness and itching.
- Normally ingrown hair are not painful, if they get infected, the site may become tender and bleed easily.
Ingrown hair if infected can spread bacteria very easily to the surrounding areas. The most common bacterial infections include pseudomonas and staphylococci.
How to Treat Ingrown Hair in the Legs
Here are some simple tips that would help you prevent ingrown hair in the legs and also beneficial in the treatment of ingrown hair condition,
- Gently scrubbing the area about twice or thrice a day aids in the removal of dead cells and derbies from the skin. Often, blockage of the hair follicle outlet by dirt may result in an ingrown hair as the hair may get embedded into the follicle.
- Warm compress on the affected area may help increase blood circulation and hasten the process of healing
- Local application of honey and freshly squeezed lemon juice acts as a deep tissue cleanser. Further honey has anti-bacterial properties which prevents the spread of the infection.
- If you can see the ingrown hair, you can use tweezers to pull the hair out of the hair follicle. Use a sterile needle to prick the bump, if the hair follicle is not visible and remove the accumulated pus and blood from the bump. Ensure that you apply local anti-bacterial ointment to avoid the bump from getting infected.