Ingrown hairs can be painful and unsightly. They are hairs that have curled over and grown back into the skin becoming trapped. They can become infected and develop into raised, red, pus-filled sores. Ingrown hairs can be a particular problem in areas which are waxed or shaved, such as the beard area, legs, underarms and bikini areas.
A great alternative to waxing or shaving the hair is laser hair removal. The laser beam penetrates the skin to target the hair below the skin’s surface meaning ingrown hairs can be effectively targeted as well as other hairs growing normally. Once starting laser hair removal, it is usual to expect existing ingrown hairs to improve and hopefully no further ingrown hairs to develop.
Skin can often be marked with scarring and pigmentation change following severe ingrown hairs. Over time these marks often fade resulting in an improvement in skin appearance.
Areas which suffer from ingrown hairs are usually those with the most coarse, thick hair. Coarse, thick dark hair has more melanin (the brown/ black pigment) in than fine hairs. This means that the laser finds it easier to target these thick, coarse hairs than fine hairs, which is why laser hair removal tends to be very effective in areas prone to ingrown hairs.
At Complete Lasercare we offer free consultation and patch testing for laser hair removal to assess suitability for treatment. All treatments are performed by experienced, qualified nurses specialised in laser hair removal.
This article was written by Jane Keena of Complete LaserCare.
Jane qualified as a registered nurse in 1986 at Queen Alexandra Hospital Portsmouth and worked as a senior nurse in the NHS until 2001.
She left to pursue a career in laser hair removal, initially working for Boots the Chemist where she was appointed laser protection supervisor and gained a BTEC award in Laser and Intense Light Hair removal in March 2001.