What causes an ingrown hair and how can you get rid of it?

Ingrown Hair. Hair that is cut short and close to the skin creates a sharp tip that can more easily pierce the skin to cause an ingrown hair. Improper shaving techniques are the major cause of ingrown hairs. Other hair-removal methods, including waxing, as well as common friction from tight clothing, may worsen the situation.

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What causes an ingrown hair on your body, and how to get rid of it?

Normal. Hairs sometimes grow a little wrong and turn inward becoming ingrown. They form little pimple like bumps. Usually squeezing them will get the gooey stuff and the hair out. You should not have to squeeze hard to express them...If painful or infected (happens occasionally) see your doc for help. Read more...

I have a lot of ingrown hair bumps on the back of my leg, what causes them and how can I get rid of them? P.s. I don't shave that area of my leg.

Ingrown hairs. Try to exfoliate and moisturize the skin with 1/2 cup of sugar in 1/2 cup olive oil. while in the shower. Shower, apply let stand 1-2 minutes rinse off. Build up of dead skin is a factor as is dry . skin with thick hairs. f/u with dermatologist see http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/ingrown-hair-causes-symptoms-treatment?page=2. Read more...

How can I get rid of an ingrown hair?

Laser. One of the best ways to treat an ingrown hair is to use a laser to destroy the hair follicle so that it doesn't come back. This is done with a hair removal laser (we use Xeo 1064). You can also do a needle excision, but you may continue to have issues with the hair follicle. Use of an exfoliant can help prevent ingrowth of hairs in the future. Read more...

How can I get rid of my ingrown hair?

Pluck it. Usually these can simply be plucked out. If not, or of it has become seriously infected, see your doctor for antibiotics and further treatment. Read more...

How quickly can I get rid of 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...

Please tell me what can I do to get rid of 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...

How can I get rid of a very infected ingrown hair?

Infected & ingrown. 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...