Introduction to Ingrown Hairs

This is chronic inflammation of the hair follicles. This is very commonly seen in men of Black or Afro-Caribbean heritage who shave their beards. Between 45%- 83% of black males develop the condition compared to and 3% of white males. It commonly affects this group of men due to the shape and structure of their hair follicles. It can occur in both men and woman and presents as small shaving bumps which may be sore or itchy.

Science: Ingrown hairs can also occur when your hair follicle becomes clogged with dead skin cells and oils, resulting in hairs becoming trapped, especially if they are curly or course, similar to those found on Black or Afro-Caribbean individuals.

“Between 45%- 83% of black males develop the condition compared to and 3% of white males.”

Ingrown Hairs (Pseudofolliculitis Barbae)
Main causes of Ingrown Hairs
  • When the sharp end of a curly hair pierces and re-enters the skin.
  • Clogged skin pores and sebum block hair follicles, causing hairs to remain trapped.
  • The shape end of a growing hair does not grow out of the hair follicle but instead pierces the follicle wall and grows out sideways causing a foreign body inflammatory reaction.
Our Ingrown Hair Treatments

Ingrown hairs, or Pseudofolliculitis Barbae (PFB) is particularly distressing as it can lead to pigmentation problems, skin infections and even keloid scarring in long term or untreated cases. There are a number of ways this condition can be managed. Here at Dermanoir we have put together a tailor made treatment package that can successfully manage PFB and prevent the consequences that result. Other Treatments of this condition include regular skin peels, effective at home skincare products, microdermabrasion and the option of laser hair reduction.

Our sun damage treatments are carried out using carefully selected, proven products. We know how to treat your skin and help you achieve the flawless skin you have always wanted. A multi-combination approach is often used in the treatment of ingrown hairs, but this depends on your skin and your consultation.

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Microdermabrasion: This mechanical exfoliation technique helps to remove dead skin cells from the upper layers of the skin, preventing the blockage of pores and allowing hairs to grow without obstruction. We use a diamond tip to gently remove the outermost skin layers leaving behind fresh, healthy skin. This process stimulates the formation of new skin cells and collagen production. MDA can also give you a deep skin by suctioning clogged pores and removing dead skin cells which can lead to dull and lifeless skin, acne, ingrown hairs, mottled pigmentation and poor skin health. This treatment can be combined with a skin peel for brilliant results and a range of added benefits. To find out more please contact us.

Laser Hair Removal: We use a powerful Nd:YAG laser to target hairs on any skin type. Our carefully selected laser will work on darker skin tones (Black/Afro-Caribbean, Indian and Asian). This laser produces a powerful beam which targets the dark pigment found in the hair follicles. The melanin converts light energy into heat energy and these high temperatures kill the hair follicle. The reduction of hairs will drastically reduce ingrown hairs. To find out more please contact us

Chemical/Skin Peels: This is a chemical exfoliation technique which helps to remove dead skin cells. Specific types of chemical peels also have anti-inflammatory properties which can reduce the inflammation and appearance of pigmentation and ingrown hairs. Having a microdermabrasion treatment added to a skin peel can achieve fantastic results as it will remove all of the dead skin that it created as a result of the skin peel. Here at Dermanoir we have one of the widest range of skin peels available to suit every skin type. We also have a range of combination peels if your skin has a number of issues which need to be targeted.

Prescription Products: Following a free no obligation consultation with a skincare expert we can provide private prescription for a number of clinically proven treatments and products. We can also provide you with the correct aftercare products following a treatment. Some of these products cannot be found at your high street retailers and can only be prescribed and administered by our experts and doctors as they are highly specialised and know which of thee medical grade products will work on your skin.

Cosmecueticals: These are skincare ranges which have been proven popular with the treatment of ingrown hairs. We use Neostrata and Zein Obagi products as they have powerful potent formulations with high quality active ingredients specifically targeted at reducing the appearance and preventing the formation of ingrown hairs and pigmentation. Our experts have personally used these products which is why we know they can make a difference to your skin.

Neostrata: A daily skincare regimen designed to brighten skin, illuminate and help to control pigment for bright even skin tone. With patented NeoGlucosomine, Retinol, stabilised Vitamin C, peptides and proven botanical brighteners and alpine plant extracts. A simple to use, clinically proven daily regimen targeting all 6 natural pigment control systems, enhancing cell turnover to exfoliate existing pigmented spots, as well as inhibiting tyrosinase, the key enzyme in the production of melanin. Contains SabiWhite, the active component of turmeric and a proven depigmenting agent. These specially formulated prescription products penetrates below the surface of your skin to transform skin cell functions at the cellular level and correct the damage within. It exfoliates old skin leaving healthy, new skin that looks and acts younger and healthier.

ZO (Zein Obagi) Skin Health: Products and programs available for you to purchase directly from us to reduce ingrown hairs and provide your skin with a number of other benefits. For ZO Skin Health products and regimes specifically designed to combat ingrown hairs please contact us.

ZO (Zein Obagi) Medical: Prescription strength formulations and programs available for you to purchase following consultation with a fully qualified physician. For ZO Medical products and regimes specially designed to combat ingrown hairs, please contact us.