How to Treat Ingrown Hairs

Written by jennifer eblin
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Ingrown hair happens to the best of us and if you have curly hair, you’re even more prone to this problem. An ingrown hair is one that gets trapped beneath the surface of the skin and continues to grow while there. It can be fairly painful, but many people suffer from ingrown hairs and have no idea. They can be caused by blocked hair follicles, overactive sweat glands and even improper shaving. The treatment of this problem ranges from removing the hair to stopping them before they start.

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Things you need

  • Loose clothing
  • Shaving cream
  • Razor
  • Tweezers
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Washcloth
  • Antibiotics

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    Wear loose clothing whenever possible, especially on those areas of the body prone to ingrown hairs like the genitals and legs. Men may even find it helpful to switch to boxer shorts for a few weeks. This prevents the skin from becoming irritated, which can force the hair below the surface of the skin.

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    Shave the same way the experts do by using a good quality shaving cream or gel and shaving in the same direction of the hair growth with a new razor. Shaving your hair without any lubrication can force the hair down.

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    Remove the ingrown hair using tweezers, rubbing alcohol and a hot wet washcloth. Press the washcloth against your skin for a minimum of 10 minutes to numb the skin and force out the hair. Place your tweezers in the rubbing alcohol and use them to pull the hair out.

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    See your doctor if you think the area might be infected as some ingrown hairs can become infected. If you feel any pain the chances are good that you have an infection. Your doctor might recommend antibiotics to treat the infection.

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    Use an antiseptic after you shave or on any areas where you’re prone to ingrown hairs, such as rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. This treats any infection that you might have and also helps treat the ingrown hair.

Tips and warnings

  • Take an over the counter pain reliever if you feel any pain associated with the ingrown hair.
  • Don’t shave the same part of your body several times in one sitting. This irritates the skin and can force an ingrown hair.

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