You have asked us the reason why the hairs are encysted. Cystic hairs occur when one grows abnormally and stays inside the skin instead of going outside.
- Why do I have ingrown hairs?
- What types of hair are more encyst?
- What can be done to prevent the hairs from becoming encyst or infected?
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Why do I have ingrown hairs?
The dermatologist Inés Candell González explains that, under normal conditions, the hair comes out of the skin at a sharp angle. “However, When we remove it, the tip is usually sharper or the hair retracts and can be inserted back into the skin. Once inside the skin, it is recognized as a foreign element and inflammation occurs. Furthermore, in many cases there may also be the presence of bacteria ”, he indicates.
Ángela Hermosa, a member of the Spanish Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, explains to Damn science there are some factors that contribute to the appearance of ingrown hairs. For example, the characteristics of the hair (especially when it is thick and curly), obesity, smoking or how to eliminate it.
According to his account, it mostly happens to people who they shave against the grain to speed up shaving or who they wax. In Damn science, We have already explained why shaving makes hair more likely to ingrown and why shaving does not make the hair appear darker, thicker or stronger.
What types of hair are more encyst?
There are areas where hairs are more likely to encyst, according to Candell’s account. For example, in areas with a high density of hair and where it is curlier and thicker. The curl will favor that once cut it goes back into the skin. “In addition, they usually coincide with rubbing areas (where we wear tight garments that constantly rub the skin) that can hinder the normal exit of the hair (armpits or English) “, he maintains.
What can be done to prevent the hairs from becoming encyst or infected?
Candell advises use electric machines or blades with a single blade (so as not to cut the hair so short), shave the hair in the same direction, wash the skin with hot water and antiseptic soap before shaving or waxing (prevents the proliferation of bacteria), apply moisturizers after waxing and wear loose clothing if the cystic hairs usually appear in areas of friction.
Hermosa further recommends avoiding waxing and close shaving. To remove hair in these cases, consider better laser hair removal or with intense pulsed light or use depilatory creams. “It is also important to exfoliate the skin frequently and hydrate it adequately so that in this way it facilitates the exit of the hair towards the surface of the skin,” he adds.
In the case of beard, advise trimming hair above the surface of the skin or, in case of shaving, do it “in favor of hair growth, without rushing, with short strokes without tightening the skin and preferably with an electric razor instead of a blade ”. In addition, as indicated, it is preferable to use foams or specific products for shaving to soften the hair before cutting it.
Doubts resolved in the DKV office – Maldita
We bring you the first installment of the scientific office of the project “Fewer hoaxes, more scientific rigor”, the definitive tool to solve all the doubts that you have raised in recent days. The chosen ones have been about food falling to the ground, ingrown hairs and the possibility of going bald or not if you get gray hair.