Scars from razor burn and ingrown hairs can be embarrassing, especially if it’s summer and they’re around the bikini line. An ingrown hair occurs when a hair is cut, becomes sharp, curls and gets trapped in the hair follicle. The result is a bump that often leaves a scar. The scars will lighten eventually, but it can take months. Speed up the process by taking care of your skin. Try natural home remedies such as castor oil and Vitamin E to reduce the appearance of your unsightly scars.
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Exfoliate the scarred area to remove dead skin cells and allow new skin cell production. This will speed up the healing process. You can purchase an exfoliator like St. Ives Apricot Scrub or Queen Helene Mint Julep Natural Face Scrub. You can make your own by mixing three parts olive oil and two parts sugar.
Apply natural aloe very to the spots. If you have an aloe vera plant or know someone who does, you can actually cut open a stem and scrape the aloe gel out. Aloe vera is a natural anti-inflammatory and helps in the healing process. Aloe is only effective when the scar is fresh.
Apply cocoa butter to the scarred skin. Cocoa butter is known for reducing the appearance stretch marks and works the same way on scars.
Condition the skin with Vitamin E. Purchase Vitamin E oil or puncture a Vitamin E capsule and apply the oil to the scarred area in a circular motion.
Soak a small flannel cloth in castor oil and lay it on the scarred skin. Leave it for an hour or two. Do this once a day.
Visit a dermatologist and ask about bleaching creams. These can lighten the skin to reduce the appearance of the scars.
Have a microdermabrasion procedure done on the scarred area. This removes layers of skin to and will promote new skin cell growth.
References and ResourcesWebMD; Reducing Scars; Wendy C. Fries
Daily Glow; Home Remedies for Razor Burn; Dec. 2009