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Doctor insights on: What To Do For An Ingrown Hair

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What to do for an ingrown hair in general?

What to do for an ingrown hair in general?

Stop plucking: Ingrown hairs usually are from shaving and plucking. The new hair grows in the hair follicle and the skin grows over the opening of the follicle. The hair keeps growing under the skin. ...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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What to do to an ingrown hair with puss?

What to do to an ingrown hair with puss?

See a doctor: Your doctor will perform an incision and drainage and then determine if you need antibiotics. Keep the area clean. She will also pull the ingrown hair. ...Read more

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What do you do for an ingrown hair?

What do you do for an ingrown hair?

Exfoliate and warm: First bet is to allow nature to take its course. If it doesn't naturally come out as the skin turns over, gently exfoliate with microbeads (not nut scrubs, too harsh), then warm in steam or compresses to expand the pore, then gently try to pluck it out with tweezers without scarring surrounding skin. A dermatologist can do this professionally without scars. Also prevent recurrence - laser hair. ...Read more

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What can I do for an ingrown hair in the pubic region?

What can I do for an ingrown hair in the pubic region?

Heat: Ingrown hairs usually respond to heat compresses. Put a warm washcloth or hand towel on this area at least three or four times a day and that should help bring the infection to a head and the body to fight off the infection. ...Read more

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What can you do about an ingrown hair?

What can you do about an ingrown hair?

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 medication to clear dead skin cells (retinoids). Steroids may be used for significant inflammation & antibiotics may be considered if the area has become infected. ...Read more

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What can I do about ingrown hair scars?

Laser/Light therapy: Unsightly ingrown hair scars are usually related to the darkened color of tissues at the site and some treatments like plucking may induce further injury and inflammation and increase the color, hence has to be stopped. Laser or light therapy along with pigmet stain decreasing creams like vivite vibrance may help. Also use sunblocks regularly. ...Read more

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What to do about ingrown hairs months after shaving down there?

What to do about ingrown hairs months after shaving down there?

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 medication to clear dead skin cells (retinoids). Steroids may be used for significant inflammation & antibiotics may be considered if the area has become infected. ...Read more

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What to do for ingrown hairs in men?

What to do for ingrown hairs in men?

Shave with the grain: I'm assuming that you are talking about shaving the face. Prepare the beard by showering with hot water to soften and moisten the hair. Use an oil to lubricate and then a shaving cream. Only shave with or across the grain -- never against the grain. If a hair is cut too short, then it may turn sideways and irritate or infect. Bottom line: a "good" shave is really only "fair" shave if done right. ...Read more