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An Ingrown hair is a condition where hair curls back or grows sideways into the skin. It is seen primarily among people having curly hair. Ingrown hairs are a benign skin disorder commonly seen in teenagers and adults and more frequently occur in adult men with darker skin or African-American skin. They occur on shaved areas, such as the face, neck, armpit, legs, and pubic region and can look like scattered tan or red bumps. Cosmetically disfiguring and prone to infections, ingrown hairs may require ongoing maintenance and treatment. In fact a combination of treatments may be needed to achieve the best result.

     This condition may be caused by improper shaving so it’s a good idea to shave the best way possible. Avoiding shaving too close will help considerably; if the hair is shaved below the skin surface it has a much better chance of curling under and becoming ingrown. There are many topical creams available to help control ingrown hairs and even laser removal can be a good preventative measure. If you leave them alone and don’t pick at them, sometimes they will go away on their own without treatment; your body simply reabsorbs them.

Home Care:

  • Do not try performing surgery on your own, the bump can get infected and you might be left with an ugly scar.
  • You can try to gently life the hair with a toothpick but do not use anything too sharp. If the hair does not life easily don’t start digging. If the area is tender or hot to the touch then see your doctor.
  • Gently exfoliate the ingrown hair with a face cloth while you are in the shower.
  • If the hair pops out do not shave it until the area has calmed down and is starting to heal. Leave it alone for a few hours at least.

     Available treatments:

  • Chemical depilatories,
  • Topical creams (ask your doctor)
  • Topical antibiotics (ask your doctor)
  • Medical removal of the ingrown hair by small incision and pulling out the hair (again, do not do this yourself. Contact your doctor)
  • Hair-removal laser.

     For best results use a combination of treatments, your doctor can help you decide which ones are best for you. Ingrown hairs can be just as confidence sapping as acne and it’s going to take a lot of time and patience to deal with them. The first and best method of clearing them is just simply exfoliating from different directions until the hair comes to the surface. Please to not pluck the ingrown hair, it will just grow back deeper and much more damaging to your skin.