Ingrown hair, as the name suggests, are hair that curl backwards and start growing inside the skin. This can be due to the clogging of hair follicles because of dead skin or due to shaving or waxing hair off the skin. Ingrown hair is usually very painful and causes red bumps on the skin. It leads to a lot of discomfort and causes irritation of the skin.
Tea tree oil (TTO), also known as melaleuca oil, is an efficient natural product that can help in getting rid of ingrown hair. It has now gained immense popularity as a natural therapeutic. It is commonly used for treating skin and hair problems, one of which happens to be ingrown hair. Here we shall discuss its use in treating Ingrown hair.
Can Tea Tree Oil Help with Ingrown Hair?
- Due to the anti-inflammatory, anti-septic and anti-microbial properties of tea tree oil, it is useful in preventing infection that can be caused because of ingrown hair.
- It also works as a muscle relaxant and analgesic and hence helps in relieving pain caused due to the presence of ingrown hair.
- Tea tree oil also helps in replenishing nutrients on the skin surface helping repair the damage to hair follicles caused by ingrown hair.
How to Use Tea Tree Oil for Ingrown Hair?
1. Tea Tree Oil with Warm Water:
- Mix 10-20 drops of tea tree oil with warm water.
- Soak a washcloth and apply it on the area with ingrown hair.
- Repeat this process as many times as required till recovery.
2. Tea Tree Oil with Olive Oil:
- Mix 2 drops of olive oil with 15 drops of tea tree oil and put it in a dark bottle.
- Use a cotton swab and apply this mixture directly on the area with the ingrown hair.
- This should be repeated till the ingrown hair problem gets cured.
3. Tea Tree Oil Massage:
- Properly wash the affected area with soap water.
- Apply 5 drops of tea tree oil on the affected area.
- Massage the oil onto the ingrown hair.
- Leave it for about 10-15 minutes.
- Rinse thoroughly and repeat the process twice a day for best results.
Tips and Precautions:
- The concentration of tea tree oil is to be kept in consideration when using directly on the skin surface. It is always advisable to dilute it before topical use. Either water or topical oils can be used for diluting tea tree oil.
- Tea tree oil is toxic when taken orally and hence it is not advised to use concentrated tea tree oil when using it near the mouth.
- The strong camphor-like odour of tea tree oil can sometimes cause nausea and vomiting.
- If used in excess, Tea tree oil can cause the skin to dry to an undesirable extent.
Always use tea tree oil with a carrier oil like olive or jojoba oil to increase its absorption in the skin.