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Just pulled an inch long ingrown hair from chin. How can hair grow healthy like that under skin?

Just pulled an inch long ingrown hair from chin. How can hair grow healthy like that under skin?

Yes, can grow very l: But usually irritating to skin, and usually results in a blocked oil gland. Will heal quickly after hair is liberated. ...Read more

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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How long should I put hot compresses on an ingrown hair?

How long should I put hot compresses on an ingrown hair?

Until resolves: Hot compresses should be continued until the inflammation resolves. If it persists more than a few days you should see your physician as it may be infected and require care. ...Read more

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How long after shaving does an ingrown hair appear in the pubic area?

How long after shaving does an ingrown hair appear in the pubic area?

No set time: An ingrown hair can occur anytime with or without shaving. They sometimes become inflamed and infected and redness and tenderness appear. Warm applications help at that point but if redness extends, see physician for evaluation. ...Read more

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If i keep heat on an infected ingrown hair, how long until it drains?

Few days: If it does not drain after a few days i would see a dermatologist for an oral antibiotic. ...Read more

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How long can an ingrown hair be stuck in a follicle under the skin?

How long can an ingrown hair be stuck in a follicle under the skin?

A long time: The hair typically makes an arc and will not find its way to the surface. If it does not cause inflammation there is no way for it to exit the skin. Usually they must be extracted carefully. ...Read more

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After pulling a ingrown hair out, why is the hard lump still there? It's not painful at all to touch just feels like a soft/hard lump that's long?

After pulling a  ingrown hair out, why is the hard lump still there? It's not painful at all to touch just feels like a soft/hard lump that's long?

Details matter: Where on your body? How large? How long? Every hair has an associated oil gland secreting sebum. An ingrown hair may have a blocked oil gland at it's root which may form a pocket (cyst) of sebum. There may also be residual swelling, inflammation which can subside over a week or 2. If you are concerned, a dermatologist can easily take care of it. ...Read more

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I've had an ingrown hair in bikini area for 2 weeks it was bigger and sore nowi t's smaller but how long should it take to heal?

Should be gone now: If it is an ingrown hair, then it should be gone by one unless aggravated. If it doesn't heal in another week see a MD as it may be something else. ...Read more

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I have long thick hair I get ingrown hair on my scalp all the time I have used MANY shampoos nothing works I have to tweeze them out. Help!

 I have long thick hair I get ingrown hair on my scalp all the time I have used MANY shampoos nothing works I have to tweeze them out. Help!

Ingrown hair??: Ingrown hair usually occurs in areas where you shave or keep your hair very short. It's a bit more likely to happen if your hair is very curly to begin with. Since you describe your hair as long I'm not certain it's due to ingrown hair... see the following websites for more info: http://bit.ly/1zQPqPN https://bit.ly/1CTAmSz ...Read more

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After an infection from an ingrown hair that healed up I still have a little lump there it's been about two weeks how long until it goes down ?

After an infection from an ingrown hair that healed up I still have a little lump there it's been about two weeks how long until it goes down 
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Abscess: May be reactive tissue which will eventually disappear or granuloma which can persist. If the infection was not totally cleared, this may be an abscess, which will eventually become evident without drainage. ...Read more