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Doctor insights on: Do Electric Shavers Cause Ingrown Hairs

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Ingrown Hair (Definition)

Our hair follicles are meant to erupt and to grow straight out of the skin. Often, a hair may turn into the channel out of which it should grow, and penetrates the skin, causing swelling and irritation. This may happen because of blockage or with very curly hair. These are not always a problem unless the hair does not erupt and then possibly leads to infection ...Read more


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Help please? What is the best electric razor to prevent ingrown hairs?

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I have red lumps on my underarms. Sometimes they are small and red with ingrown hair and sometimes they are big and painful. I use an electric razor.

I have red lumps on my underarms. Sometimes they are small and red with ingrown hair and sometimes they are big and painful. I use an electric razor.

Folliculitis: Electric razors used under the arms can pull too much and give some people ingrown hair and infected follicles. Use some neosporin (or see your doctor if they are still active) as they can become an infection with bacteria. I would try another hair removal method at the moment. ...Read more

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I have a tiny bump on my skin caused by ingrown hair and my skin has completely covered the hair. how do i remove it? the bump does not hurt.

Ingrown hair: I would leave it alone - if the bump starts to enlarge it will need to be removed along with the offending hair sometimes warm compresses help open these things ...Read more

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Are carbuncles only caused by ingrown hairs? I used to get carbuncles from ingrown hairs but are those the only things that can cause a carbuncle? .

Are carbuncles only caused by ingrown hairs? I used to get carbuncles from ingrown hairs but are those the only things that can cause a carbuncle?

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Yes: A carbuncle is a large area of multiple infected hair follicles. It was more common in past times before antibiotics. Infections of the hair follicles do not have to be associated with ingrown hairs. ...Read more