How to Get Rid of Ingrown Hair Scars
Ingrown hairs can occur on any area of the body where hair grows, though they are more likely on places where you regularly remove hair. Men commonly experience ingrown hairs on the face, back, chest, legs and arms. Women tend to get ingrown hairs on the bikini area, legs and armpits. If you pick or squeeze ingrown hairs, you may damage the skin permanently. Scars from ingrown hairs are quite common. Thankfully, there are many things you can do to reduce the appearance of ingrown hair scars.
Exfoliate the area, using a body scrub and loofah. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells, thereby encouraging new skin cell production. Less damaged skin cells will be apparent sooner when you exfoliate regularly.
Wear sunscreen on the scarred area. The sun will often worsen the appearance of ingrown hair scars. In order to fade the scars more quickly, keep the area protected from the sun's damaging rays. Choose a full-protection sunscreen with a high SPF rating.
Apply a bleaching cream to the scars. Ingrown hair scars usually have darker pigmentation than surrounding skin. A bleaching cream will lighten the scars, helping them to blend in with the rest of your skin. You'll need to apply most over-the-counter bleaching creams twice a day for several weeks before you see results.
Try rubbing cocoa butter on the ingrown hair scars. Cocoa butter has been shown to fade scars and encourage healthy skin.
Visit a dermatologist. A doctor can prescribe you stronger bleaching or fading creams. Ask your doctor about Retin-A creams. These topical treatments encourage cell regeneration, meaning that you'll have a fresher, more even skin tone with regular use.
Get laser treatment on the ingrown hair scars. Laser light will target the hyperpigmentation in the scars, thereby lightening the area. In addition, laser treatments encourage collagen production so your skin will look firmer and more even. Laser treatments can be quite expensive, and you'll generally need multiple sessions to achieve satisfactory results.
Talk to your dermatologist about chemical peels to lighten the ingrown hair scars. Depending on the severity of the scars, you can opt for light, medium or deep chemical peels. Your skin will be burned by the chemicals, but after it heals, younger skin will be revealed. If you opt for a series of peels, you'll generally have better results.
Consider microdermabrasion on the scarred area. The top layers of your skin will be buffed away by a mini sandblaster-type device. The skin below will be younger and less damaged so the scars will not be as apparent.