• White flower oil – a combination of several oils, obtained from eucalyptus, lavender and peppermint leaves. Apply a few drops of white flower oil around the affected area. It kills the bacteria, prevents the infection from developing and soften the skin and the toenail so that it’s easier to cut it out.
• Tea tree oil – known for its strong antibacterial properties. It should be diluted before the application. Mix a three to four drops of tea tree oil with a teaspoon of jojoba oil or almond oil. Apply the mixture around the ingrown nail with a cotton bud. Repeat the process twice a day.
• Oregano essential oil – with the antibacterial and antiseptic properties, it makes a perfect product to heal the inflamed area of the ingrown toenail. If you don’t have sensitive skin, you can apply a few drops directly onto the skin around the ingrown toenail. Those with sensitive skin should dilute oregano oil with another carrier oil, e.g. jojoba or olive oil. Apply it three times a day for best results.
If you plan on wearing closed shoes after the application of essential oils, you should protect the treated area with a plaster or clean bandage.
All citrus fruits have antibacterial properties and lemon additionally helps soften the skin. You can either use lemon juice in the treatment of ingrown toenails or take a thin slice of lemon, put it on the area of the toe where the toenail is growing in and secure it with a bandage. For obvious reasons, the latter solution is best to use overnight. When you start the lemon treatment, leave the slice on only for two hours and check if it hasn’t caused any irritation on the skin. If not, you can leave it on for longer. Repeat this every evening for two weeks and you will feel a great relief from the pain caused by ingrown toenail.
If you are looking for an easy, practical and effective solution for the problem of ingrown toenails because you don’t have time for complicated treatments every day, you can invest some time into making your own, homemade ointment for ingrown toenails and then just apply it twice a day. This ointment is very effective and has versatile properties. Mix 5 drops of eucalyptus oil, tea tree oil and lavender oil, add one drop of oregano oil and two drops of peppermint oil and mix with a teaspoon of aloe vera gel and a teaspoon of coconut oil.
Once all the ingredients blend together well, rub a small amount of the ointment into the toenail and the area around it. Wear open shoes or secure the area with a clean bandage after the application. Repeat the process twice a day. You can keep the ointment in a closed jar for up to three weeks, so you can double or triple the amounts of the ingredients to make more of it at a time.
How To Prevent Ingrown Toenails?
Almost 50 percent of people who managed to get rid of an ingrown toenail claim that the problem reoccurred after some time. It’s because we forget that toenails are growing all the time and if we don’t look after them properly once we finish the treatment, they can start growing in again. It’s much easier to prevent this problem than to deal with it later on. That’s why you should follow these steps:
try to wear open shoes whenever you can or at least go for loose-fitting shoes in order to avoid putting pressure on the toenails, avoid high-heels or at least reduce the number of times you wear them, wear clean socks every day and make sure they are made of breathable fabrics, like cotton, maintain your feet clean and dry at all times. If need be, wash them three to four times a day, cut your toenail straight across, otherwise, you’ll just make it grow back even harder.
How To Cut An Ingrown Toenail?
In order to prevent and get rid of the ingrown toenail, you need to know what technique to use when cutting it. First and foremost, never try to cut your toenails when they are dry and hard. Soften them by soaking your feet in warm water with Epsom salt or antibacterial soap. Softer toenails are easier to cut and let you be more precise. Also, warm water soothes the pain and reduce the swelling caused by ingrown nails so the whole process will cause less discomfort if you prepare yourself well beforehand.
Very gently push the skin away and cut the toenail in a straight line. Don’t be tempted to cut the sides of the nail because it will just strengthen the toenail and it will cause more pain when it grows back. Disinfect the area with hydrogen peroxide and dry the area. Put a piece of cotton or dental floss between the nail and the skin to help the toenail grow in the right direction. Once the toenail gets back to the healthy shape and stops growing into the skin, keep cutting it the same way, otherwise, you may have to face the problem again.