How to know if you have in ingrown hair or blackhead?

By looking. An ingrown hair is a hair shaft that is growing into the skin instead of outward; a blackhead is a plugged-up oil gland with a dot of dark pigment (not dirt) on top. Both are identified visually.

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I have this red itchy bump with a black center & it is not a ingrown hair or a blackhead it's not a rash its on my inner thigh on my right leg?

Possibilites. Without an actual examination, I cannot give specific medical advice on your particular health and Dermatologic conditions are hard to evaluate without seeing them in person. Bug bite, local trauma, multiple ones of them would mean something totally different, in theory, local infection possibly... probably other possiblities consider our video service.

Hi, I have blackheads or may be ingrown hair on my lower legs (portion between knee & ankle). What I remember is, I used to pierce them out a few years back, until now when I realised they started leaving a mark, usually a black mark, the pores are open,

Unusual. I am not sure why you are having acne on your legs as this is a bit unusual. There are some excellent treatments for this type of acne. See your derm or PCP for treatment recommendations. These are frequently topical treatments.

Hi, I have blackheads or may be ingrown hair on my lower legs (portion between knee & ankle). What I remember is, I used to pierce them out a few years back, until now when I realised they started leaving a mark, usually a black mark, the pores are open,

Dark marks. Piercing your skin is an injury that on healing, can leave dark marks, or PostInflammatory Hyperpigmentation. This can take months to years to fade. Try not to squeeze or scratch skin lesions. Causing an infection there can cause worse inflammation and discoloration.

How are you supposed to shave if it causes ingrown hair and acne?

Can be tough. Sometimes cutting hair with a scissors rather than shaving can help. Avoiding a really close shave may help - shaving with the grain instead of against it, and not repeatedly going over the same area with a razor. A topical antibiotic, like prescription 1% Clindamycin might also help.

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.