Ingrown hairs are hairs that have grown up and out of the upper layer of the skin and have curled back around and re-entered at the hair follicle. Ingrown Hairs can happen when the hair follicle becomes clogged with dead skin cells, which blocks the channel of hair growth and forces the hair to grow out sideways and then curl around on itself. This happens more commonly with coarse hair, curly hair or recently shaved hair. Usually ingrown hairs do not pose any serious issues but if the area becomes inflamed, a spot may form and this can fill with pus which in-turn can cause soreness, discomfort and in some cases, infection.
In an ideal world, the best way to prevent ingrown hairs would be to allow the hair to grow freely without shaving. For most of us, this simply isn’t a realistic solution as on many areas of the face and body we prefer smooth skin without visible hairs. At Skin Perfection in the heart of the West End of London, we offer laser hair removal, a clinically-proven treatment to permanently reduce excess and unwanted hair, thus solving the issue of ingrown hairs on the face and the body. We also offer skin resurfacers and peels to help reduce the appearance of scars left by ingrown hairs and to retexture and resurface the skin.
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is recommended by doctors and the NHS as an effective and safe treatment for excess hair conditions such as hirsutism and statistics show that following a full course of treatment, between 60% and 95% of target hair will be reduced or even permanently removed. Laser hair removal utilizes specially focused wavelengths of light energy, which heat up the hair follicle, thus retarding growth. Over a course of around 6 to 9 sessions you should experience a significant reduction in hair growth, resulting in a marked improvement in the appearance of ingrown hairs.
Peels and resurfacers
By applying specially selected acid formulations to the skin in various strengths, your skin expert here at Skin Perfection can treat marks and scars made by ingrown hairs. Dead skin cells, dirt and debris are sloughed away and over a course of treatment, the skin increases cell turnover and collagen production, leading to smoother skin with renewed radiance, even tone and texture. If you have suffered with ingrown hairs for some time, you’ll know that spots can lead to scarring and indentations in the skin. Dermal peels offer an effective solution for this issue and can also give the skin an overall healthy and youthful appearance.
As well as laser hair removal and skin peels, our experts here at Skin Perfection London can offer advice and insider tips on how to maintain a beautiful skin appearance as well as minimise the risks and causes of ingrown hairs on the face and the body. For more information on ingrown hairs and how to prevent and treat them, contact our team to arrange a no obligation consultation.