How to Get Rid of Ingrown Hairs on Arms

Updated February 21, 2017

Ingrown hairs can occur anywhere on the body where hair grows, though they are vastly more common in areas where you regularly remove hair. Any form of hair removal can lead to ingrown hairs, however, they are most common with shaving, waxing and plucking. Thankfully, there are many things you can do to prevent and treat ingrown hairs. If you have ingrown hairs on your arms, you can effectively get rid of them with dedicated care.

Wash your arms twice daily with an antibacterial cleanser. If bacteria gets into your pores, it can cause and worsen ingrown hairs.

Dip a cotton ball in toner or astringent and apply it to your arms. Toner and astringent help to tighten your pores and encourage skin cell regeneration, making your arms less susceptible to ingrown hairs. For best results, use a toner or astringent that is designed to treat ingrown hairs.

Wear loose, cotton clothing. If you wear tight, synthetic clothing, you are more likely to experience ingrown hairs since your skin cannot breathe properly. If sweat and bacteria are trapped next to your skin's surface, they will clog your pores and prevent hair from growing out of your follicles properly.

Apply a thin layer of hydrocortisone cream to your ingrown hairs. This cream will soothe irritated skin, reduce inflammation and aid the healing process.

Place a hot compress on your ingrown hairs. Hold it there for approximately 10 minutes. The heat should draw pus out of the area and help your ingrown hairs to disappear more expediently.

Press gently on either side of your ingrown hair. If the hair is visible, light pressure may allow it to pop out of the skin's surface. If you see a portion of the hair outside the skin, pluck it with tweezers. If you do not see the hair, do not squeeze the bump in an attempt to find it. Aggressive pressure could lead to skin damage and even permanent scarring.

Exfoliate regularly. Use a loofah and body scrub or wash to exfoliate your arms at least twice weekly. This process will remove dead skin cells from the top layer of your skin, thereby allowing hairs to grow in more freely. With regular exfoliation, you should notice a decrease in ingrown hairs.


Always use shaving cream or gel when shaving your arms. If you shave without lubricant, you are more likely to get ingrown hairs.

Things You'll Need

  • Cleanser
  • Toner or astringent
  • Cotton clothing
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Hot compress
  • Tweezers
  • Loofah
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