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how to prevent and treat ingrown hairs

A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Batt
8 years experience in Emergency Medicine
Ingrown hairs: Ingrown hairs are hairs that do not release their secretions or follicle through the skin properly and become infected. You may consider regular clean ... Read More

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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
33 years experience in Plastic Surgery
Laser hair removal: Or electrolysis are good methods to destroy the hair follicle and prevent ingrown hairs.
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
NMS but: This is not my specialty but generally one needs to get the hair moistened then shave against the grain. The more curly the hair , the more problem w ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience in Dermatology
Ingrown Hair: Exfoliate your skin before you wax to get rid of dead skin and release trapped hairs that could be forced back into the skin while waxing. Just lather ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Acne: Wash face w gentle cleanser 2x/day ; use oil free products. No oily hair or heavy foundations. Try not to pop pimples. Avoid touching face (cradling c ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Tobin
37 years experience in Podiatry
Remove the hair: Clean area, lance bump, with tweezer-remove the hair. Apply betadine or triple antibiotic cream, until healed.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizebeth HARMON
36 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Don't shave: Stop shaving or plucking to avoid getting ingrown hairs. If you want to remove hair get laser treatments.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vadim Glukh
22 years experience in Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
Avoid "cutting out": Try and trim them straight across, avoid tight and pointed shoes, see a podiatrist for possible corrective procedure.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
27 years experience in Podiatry
Cut nails : Straight across, and don't off corners.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Hair removal: Electrolysis or lasers. Many women opt for this if they have some facial hair naturally. If you're a man, make very sure this is what you really want ... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vicki Levine
40 years experience in Dermatology
Benzoyl peroxide was: If benzoyl peroxide washdoes not help then see a dermatologist for topical or oral antibiotics.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
23 years experience in Family Medicine
Shaving issues...: Shaving might cause problems in some people which include ingrown hairs, inflammation, infections. My recommendation is to probably use alternative wa ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Ingrown hairs: If you have ingrown hairs try not to wax, shave or pluck hairs until healed. This can often heal without treatment. Your physician can prescribe medi ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
27 years experience in Podiatry
Prevent them: By wearing properly fitting shoes, treat them by filing with an emory board.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
45 years experience in Dermatology
Pfb, tendskin,laser: Recessed razor such as pub and/ or tendskin will reduce razor bumps which are a reaction to sharp ingrown hairs. For persistent resistant problem lase ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Glynis Ablon
28 years experience in Dermatology
There is no cure: but many prescription topicals work well, but you need to see a dermatologist for diagnosis and presriptions
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vicki Levine
40 years experience in Dermatology
Avoid closest shave: Before shaving wash face with warm soap and water. Rinse off and then apply shving gel. Avoid trying to get the closest shave in the world since this ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Real Rx: If topical benzoyl peroxide and/or topical retinoic acid have not started working well in two weeks, get with your physician. A woman your age should ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
43 years experience in Dermatology
It will grow out...: ...By itself. Don't pick or squeeze it; that will just make it worse. Warm compresses often help. Prevent further ingrown hairs by shaving with an ele ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Sire
53 years experience in Dermatology
Proper shaving: Sometimes the technique for removing the hairs eg. Shaving or waxing can be the cause to this problem. Laser hair removal may help. See your dermato ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tara Passow
39 years experience in Dermatology
Can be tough: Sometimes cutting hair with a scissors rather than shaving can help. Avoiding a really close shave may help - shaving with the grain instead of agains ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregory Hines
23 years experience in Family Medicine
Several things: Moisturizing your skin can sometimes help, as well as either shaving regularly, or letting them grow out. Men often have this problem on their neck o ... Read More

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