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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Why do I keep getting small ingrown hairs all the time?

Why do I keep getting small ingrown hairs all the time?

You may have: A common condition called "pseudo-folliculitis". There are some products that can help with this. Best to see a local dermatologist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Harry Greenberg
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If i get laser hair removal on all of my dark hair can I still be at risk of ingrown hairs? I get so many ingrown hairs that I am considering just lasering off all of my body hair. Will this likely solve my problem or is it possible to keep getting ingro

It : It is still possible that you will get ingrown hairs with laser hair removal, although it is less likely. During the laser hair removal process, you may actually get more ingrown hairs than you are used to- as any time you change the modality with which you remove hair- shaving to waxing to nairing to epilating to laser hair removal. Over time, the number of in-growns should drastically reduce with laser hair removal, as there will be less hair. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Roman Bronfenbrener
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Can a kid get an ingrown hair or twisted hairs?

Can a kid get an ingrown hair or twisted hairs?

Yes: Children are susceptible to the same problems with ingrown hairs as adults, however, the decreased amount of body hair makes it a little more rare than in adults. ...Read more

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Dr. Sheila Calderon
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When you get an ingrown hair does the area swell?

When you get an ingrown hair does the area swell?

Yes it can: If you get it infected it may swell or if it is a sebacious cyst it may get larger. Try to see if you can see the hair curling back and tweeze it out if it just occurred. Otherwise let your doctorcheck it and give you instructions. ...Read more

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How can I shave and not get ingrown hairs? How can I treat ingrown hair w/o scaring myslef?

Shaving issues...: Shaving might cause problems in some people which include ingrown hairs, inflammation, infections. My recommendation is to probably use alternative ways to get rid of the hair if the problem is recurrent. You might need to see a Dermatologist and consider permanent hair removal treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Fisher
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How to get coarse ingrown hairs to grow back normal?

How to get coarse ingrown hairs to grow back normal?

Ingrown Hair: Treatment of ingrown hair includes: chemical depilatories, topical creams, topical antibiotics, medical removal of the ingrown hair by small incision and pulling out the hair, hair-removal laser. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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I have a large deep ingrown hair. I can't get it out. Is there any ideas to get it out.

See a doctor: Your family doctor can probably unroof the area with a sterile needle, and extract the offending hair. ...Read more

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Why do I get ingrown hairs on my head?

Why do I get ingrown hairs on my head?

Hair grows into skin: While ingrown hair most commonly appears in areas where the skin is shaved or waxed, it can appear anywhere. Anything which causes the hair to be cut off or broken off with a sharp tip can cause ingrown hairs. Shaving is the leading cause, but waxing and tight clothing can also cause ingrown hairs. The hair curls back or grows sideways into the skin, and happens more so in people with curly hair. ...Read more

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