| Randall Agee
An ingrown hair isn't a serious problem, but it can be embarrassing and irritating. An ingrown hair forms when a hair curls around itself and grows back into the skin rather than rising up from it as it normally would. Ingrown hairs are easily treated at home, and medical intervention is rarely necessary.
Reduce Risk with Tea Tree:
Tea tree essential oil prevents infection from developing and can reduce the number of ingrown hairs that develop in a specific area. It penetrates the skin's surface, helping keep bacteria, such as that from your razor blade, out. Add 10 drops to 1 ounce of tea tree essential oil to your regular body lotion, mixing well, and apply it prior to shaving. You can also add 3 or 4 drops of tea tree essential oil to your shaving cream or gel before application.
Lavender-Chamomile Sugar Scrub:
MAKES 1 TREATMENT
Treat existing ingrown hairs by exfoliating. This process removes the dry, dead skin on top, releasing the trapped hairs and encouraging them to grow in the correct direction. The lavender and Roman chamomile essential oils in this treatment help ease inflammation, and the tea tree essential oil addresses infection. This sugar scrub is also great for exfoliating and moisturizing rough, dry skin. The treatment works well with either Roman or German chamomile.
- 1 Tablespoon Carrier Oil
- 3 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 3 Drops Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
- 3 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
- 1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
- In a small glass bowl, add the carrier oil along with the lavender, Roman chamomile, and tea tree essential oil, and stir to combine.
- Add the sugar to the oils and stir to combine.
- Using your fingertips or a washcloth, apply the sugar scrub to moist skin and rub with light pressure in circular motions.
- Rinse and pat the skin dry.
- Repeat this treatment once every other day until symptoms subside, or treatment every other day as a preventive measure.