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Prevent Ingrown Hairs On Legs
I get a lot of ingrown hair after I get my legs waxed ? What is causing this ? How can I prevent it from happening again ? I am a 20 year old female
When you wax...: ...You are essentially pulling the hairs out by their roots. When the hair grows back, the shafts have to find their way to the skin surface and the ones that can't become ingrown hairs. The solution is to shave, rather than wax. You'll have to do it more often, but you won't get nearly as many ingrown hairs. Laser hair removal will eliminate the hairs permanently, but that's more expensive. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
My skin is dry/itchy. Started using Aveeno (oatmeal) body wash/lotion. I have tiny dot pimples on my legs look like ingrown hairs, how to prevent?? Flakey skin
Dry skin/eczema: It's recommended to use plain white moisturizers two times a day, use less warm wate for bath or showers, use soaps or bath gel for sensitive skin ( better to go with in colored and non fragrant or non scented, also gently tapping skin to dry than rubbing with towel is also recommended. See your doctor or skin specialist if not improving, sooner if worse. ...Read more
Laser: If you constantly have ingrown hairs, laser hair removal is just the thing for you because it destroys the hairs permanently. If you can't get laser then look for alpha hydroxy acids which help loosen the surface cells to reduce plugging. Also go with razors with only one blade. and shaving gels not creams. There are prescription topcials that can help like Benzashave ...Read more
shaving legs: Shaving is one of the main causes of rashes on the legs. The main problem is that multiple blades in each razor cut the skin as well as the hairs. Use an electric razor a while and just see if it doesn't get better, and if not, see a dermatologist! ...Read more
I have a lot of ingrown hair bumps on the back of my leg, what causes them and how can I get rid of them? P.s. I don't shave that area of my leg.
Ingrown hairs: Try to exfoliate and moisturize the skin with 1/2 cup of sugar in 1/2 cup olive oil. while in the shower. Shower, apply let stand 1-2 minutes rinse off. Build up of dead skin is a factor as is dry . skin with thick hairs. f/u with dermatologist see http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/ingrown-hair-causes-symptoms-treatment?page=2 ...Read more
Antibiotic: Only if they become infected.Get a more detailed answer ›
I have a spot on my leg that at first i thought was an ingrown hair. It gets itchy and when scratched can bleed. It has not grown.
Please see: Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. ...Read more
There is black bumps on my legs and when i try to pick at it with like a tweezer there's ingrown hair in it what should I do about it?
QUIT PICKING!: I assume you shave. Depending on your type of skin and susceptibility to inflammation, you move likely have folliculitis from ingrown hair. Options are not shaving (doubt you'll like that one), waxing can decrease folliculitis, or laser hair removal. Bummer being a female in a lookism society, huh? ...Read more
I have an ingrown hair on a mole, on the back of my leg, it is very painful and i can't sit down, I am not able to get to a dr, can I remove it? How?
I hv ingrown hair in some areas, recently i hv noticd a hair grown under my skin on leg, please tel me posible reason and cure for it.
Shaving promotes: Part of the answer is quite basic. Shaving hair short so that the hair is below the skin surface greatly increases the frequency of the cut hair end growing back out through the surrounding skin, thus developing ingrown hairs. Angles of hair follicles, how skin is treated, tight clothing, etc. Can all compound. Teasing them out with needle or dermabrasion only tx, a mechanical issue. ...Read more
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