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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


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Every time I shave my armpits I get at least 1 if not more ingrown hairs in both of them is there a reson they keeping coming everytime I shave?

Every time I shave my armpits I get at least 1 if not more ingrown hairs in both of them is there a reson they keeping coming everytime I shave?

Maybe an infection?: You may not be getting ingrown hairs, but rather an infection called folliculitis. Try to change your razor regularly and use a good shave cream or gel. An antibiotic cream or ointment may help treat it. If you are getting inflamed little bumps in other places, as well, you should probably see a doctor for an evaluation as you may need an oral antibiotic. ...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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Every time i shave my pubic area i get ingrown hair and some kind of acne.. What can I do?I shave in the direction of growing hair, use clean razor. .

Every time i shave my pubic area i get ingrown hair and some kind of acne.. What can I do?I shave in the direction of growing hair, use clean razor. .

Change your method: Then it is time to stop shaving. I do not understand why you ask again. This is not a medical condition. It is not a disease. Your shaving is causing this problem. If you do not want to live with this problem then you must stop shaving. ...Read more

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Theres a small hard bump beside & btwn vag and anus. It's doesn't hurt, but what is it? I get tested for stds regularly, so no stds. Ingrown hair?

Theres a small hard bump beside & btwn vag and anus. It's doesn't hurt, but what is it? I get tested for stds regularly, so no stds. Ingrown hair?

Get an exam: There isn't a way to know what this is without doing an exam. A likely cause is a Bartholin gland cyst. The Bartholin gland is in this area and swell and form a hard nodule. Sometimes these get large and painful and have to be drained. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Lots of small ingrown hair like bumps on my legs hurts with goosebumps what are they please? Been there a long time. Not cute.

Lots of small ingrown hair like bumps on my legs hurts with goosebumps what are they please? Been there a long time. Not cute.

Keratosis pilaris: Keratosis pilaris (kp) is a very common skin disorder seen in many people of all ages. It is a benign condition that presents as numerous small, rough, red, or tan bumps primarily around hair follicles on the upper arms, legs, buttocks, and sometimes cheeks. Kp creates a "goose bumps, " "gooseflesh, " or "chicken skin" appearance on the skin. Use cerave sal which is otc. ...Read more

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Could my sore be an std? Sometimes when my husband and I have sex, i get a sore on my vagina. It is never more than one. It looks like a pimple or an ingrown hair. It does not happen every time, but it seems to happen more often after oral sex. Could this

Could my sore be an std? Sometimes when my husband and I have sex, i get a sore on my vagina. It is never more than one. It looks like a pimple or an ingrown hair. It does not happen every time, but it seems to happen more often after oral sex. Could this

Sores and Sex: It is not likely that there is an std unless there is a reason or outside exposure. But, it is not unheard of. Now. Sores on the vagina are much more likely to be hair follicle infection, abrasions or irritation from intercourse. It does not sound like herpes or syphilis or even staph infection. I always ask my patients with sore throats about allergies and other seasonal exposures. ...Read more

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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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