What is Ingrown Hair?
Ingrown hair, otherwise known as also known as Pseudofolliculitis barbae (or PFB), is a condition that usually manifests as small and slightly raised reddish bumps surrounding hair follicles. Minor cases of ingrown hair often resembles (and feels like) razor burn but, when left untended, can become complicated and painful. Ingrown hairs can become infected, leading to substantial discomfort and the development of unsightly cysts.
The condition usually occurs when a hair (that has recently been shaved, waxed or plucked) grows back improperly. Often the hair gets trapped inside the follicle, curling into itself, or grows into the skin surrounding the follicle. When this happens the trapped hair causes skin irritation that can range from minor inflammation to moderate acne or severe infection. Aside from the inconvenience of the condition, people that chronically suffer from ingrown hair often have to treat isolated incidents through antibiotics and topical solutions.
Can Laser Hair Removal Remove Ingrown Hairs?
Yes! A common use of laser hair removal systems is the treatment and prevention of ingrown hairs anywhere on a patient’s face or body.
Laser technology uses a specialized method for breaking down the growth of all hair and the effects of this work to effectively combat ingrown hair as well. Common hair removal methods (like shaving, waxing and plucking) are carried out by breaking the hair shaft on a superficial level (at the surface of the skin or just below it) and this can actually lead to more ingrown hair. Laser hair removal stops hair growth by halting it at the follicle root itself, permanently damaging the follicles ability to produce new hairs.
Lasers are able to stop the development of ingrown hair by addressing the problem at its source, stopping hair from growing before it has a chance to become trapped in the skin or follicle. It also works to address existing ingrown hairs in a similar way, offering patients a comprehensive solution to the problem. After only a few sessions of laser treatment, patients are able to put a stop to ingrown hairs forever and are free to live their lives without worrying about having to suffer through any further pain or embarrassment.