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Ingrown Hairs

What are Ingrown Hairs?

Ingrown hairs are hairs that have curled around and grown back into your skin instead of rising up from it. These hairs are most common in areas that are tweezed, epilated, shaved or waxed. The surrounding skin may be discolored, and, in some cases, the bumps become infected.

Treatments

To treat an ingrown hair, you must first need to un-root the ingrown hair. Using warm compresses and a sterile needle, you can gentley lift out the portion of the hair that's growing into the skin. Prevention is key. Using AHA products and lubricating the area prior to removing the hair is helpful. Always check with your dermatologist.

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All about Ingrown Hairs

Ingrown hairs are not only a cosmetic problem - they can be painful too. These unruly hairs can occur on any part of the body but are most common in areas that are tweezed, epilated, shaved or waxed, leading to bumps that are often itchy or painful. The surrounding skin may be discolored, and, in some cases, the bumps become infected. When this happens, they fill with pus and may require antibiotic treatment.

What Causes Them?

Ingrown hairs are so closely linked with shaving that they’re often referred to as razor bumps. Shaving a hair can create a sharp edge on the tip that curls around and re-enters the hair follicle. This causes an inflammatory reaction that leads to pain and itching, which commonly occurs with razor bumps. They’re more common in people with curly hair since they have a curved hair follicle that makes it easier for the hair to grow back into the follicle.

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