Ingrown hair can leave unsightly scars that may cause some sufferers to become biased. Although most scars will fade over time, you can speed up this process by using various methods to make scars from ingrown hair as invisible as possible. However, if your scars do not improve after a few months, you should consult a dermatologist.
Apply a cortisone cream to red scars after ingrown hair. Due to inflammation, new scars from ingrown hair often have a red appearance. Because they reduce inflammation, cortisone creams can reduce the redness of a new scar. Mild cortisone creams are available without a prescription.
- Read and follow the instructions in the package. If you are unsure how often or how much of the cream you should use, consult your dermatologist.
- don’t apply cortisone cream to open skin. Before using cortisone cream you should make sure that the ingrown hair has healed completely.
- This type of ingrown hair is usually a result of shaving. You should use a shaving lubricant. Such lesions are known as razor burn.
Try a natural whitening skin cream. Ingrown hair can leave a dark scar and lightening skin creams can help reduce this dark color. But first talk to your doctor before using such a cream and only buy whitening creams that contain natural active ingredients. Avoid products that contain hydroquinone because this active ingredient is carcinogenic and can also irritate the skin. Instead, look for a whitening skin cream that contains one of the following ingredients:
- Kojic acid (obtained from mushrooms)
- Arbutin (sometimes listed as bearberry extract)
- vitamin C
Leave ingrown hair and its scars alone. Fiddling with or scars after ingrown hair can lead to skin irritation, infections and an increased risk of scarring. To reduce these dangers, you should not fumble, squeeze or squeeze ingrown hair or its scars. Let it heal by itself.
If you are concerned about the appearance of an ingrown hair or its scar, then make an appointment with a dermatologist.
Restrict exposure to sunlight and always use sunscreen. Exposing yourself too much to the sun can darken scars and slow down healing, so try not to spend too much time in the sun. However, if you need to be outdoors, protect your skin with a sunscreen with a sun protection factor of SPF 30 and a wide-brimmed hat.
The strongest sun exposure is between 10 am and 4 pm. Try not to go outside at all during this time.
Make an appointment with a dermatologist. If your scars after ingrown hair are very pronounced or do not respond to treatment, you should consult a dermatologist. He can examine your ingrown hair and determine the best treatment options for you.
Make an appointment for a laser filler treatment. If your ingrown hair scars do not respond to natural remedies and over-the-counter products, you may want to consider laser filler treatment. Some scar treatment sessions with a fractionated laser can help level the skin surface and promote the growth of collagen, which will help to fill the perforated areas. Other laser and filler treatments include:
- Ablative laser. In this type of laser treatment, the skin surface is leveled and smoothed.
- Non-ablative lasers. This laser treatment will leave the skin surface as it is, but will promote the growth of collagen and thus improve the appearance of the skin.
- Filler injections. You can also get collagen injections in conjunction with a laser treatment to improve the appearance of the scars; however, to maintain the result, you will need to repeat this treatment every four to six months.
Ask about Radix Anerbiae. In traditional Chinese medicine, the Radix Arnebiae root has been used for centuries to reduce scarring. Radix Arnebiae, also called Zi Cao and Lithospermum erythrothizon as well as Steinsame in German, is described in traditional Chinese medicine as a releaser of heat and toxins. This herb can help to reduce the number and functions of scarring cells.
- In order to preserve this herb, you will need to find a doctor who practices traditional Chinese medicine.