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How to remove an ingrown hair permanently

Updated March 23, 2017

Both men and women are enamoured with the various methods of removing unwanted hair. While shaving is cheap and easy, you are often left with unsightly and uncomfortable ingrown hairs. These can occur anywhere that you shave including the face, legs and pubic area. Plucking out ingrown hairs isn't difficult, but they have the tendency to come back. If you suffer from recurring ingrown hairs, these techniques will help you rid yourself of ingrown hair permanently.

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  1. Apply a warm washcloth to the area of skin around the ingrown hair.

  2. Wipe a safety pin or straight pin with alcohol to sterilise. Pull the pin gently under the ingrown hair to release it from beneath the skin.

  3. Grab the end of the hair with a pair of tweezers and pull the ingrown hair out of the follicle.

  4. Use an antibiotic ointment on the surrounding area if inflammation is an issue.

  5. Apply a skin product with salicylic acid to minimise or reduce ingrown hairs permanently.

  6. Shave in the direction that your hair grows.

  7. Cut your hair slightly long when shaving. Hair that is extremely short has a greater tendency to become ingrown.

  8. Keep your skin well moisturised. Dry skin will exacerbate the potential for ingrown hair.

  9. Exfoliate your skin. Smooth skin is less likely to create ingrown hairs.

  10. Shave when your skin is warm, such as during or directly after a shower or bath.

  11. Use a depilatory cream instead of shaving. This product dissolves unwanted hair deep into the follicle, so hair cannot become ingrown.

  12. Use electrolysis or laser hair removal. This is the most permanent technique for hair removal. In most cases, it only needs to be performed about once a year, permanently eliminating ingrown hairs during that period.

  13. Tip

    For the best results, see your doctor for electrolysis or laser hair removal treatments. Ingrown hairs can be exacerbated by genetic factors, causing some people to suffer from them more frequently than others.


    If using a depilatory cream, do not apply more than twice a week to avoid irritation.

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Things You'll Need

  • Warm washcloth
  • Alcohol
  • Safety pin or straight pin
  • Tweezers
  • Antibiotic cream
  • Ointment with salicylic acid
  • Razor
  • Depilatory cream

About the Author

Rosa Lyn has been a freelance writer since 2009. She has worked as a ghostwriter for companies such as eBay and was the editor-in-chief for the member newsletter at the websites SewingMamas. She specializes in subjects such as home and family, parenting, alternative health and crafts.

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