<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=1482296215398498&amp;ev=PageView&amp;noscript=1">
  Macey Wilson   June 12, 2017   Ingrown hairs 0 Comments

What are ingrown hairs?

Anyone can get ingrown hairs, but they’re especially common with curly or coarse hair. Learn what you need to know to prevent them for popping up.

Be careful for ingrown hairs when shaving.

If you’ve ever shaved any part of your body, you may have noticed a bump or two that appeared in that area post-shave. Odds are, those bumps are ingrown hairs

An ingrown hair occurs when a hair that was growing normally curls up and grows back into your skin. While harmless, ingrown hairs can be frustrating to deal with. If they pop up on your face, they can also be embarrassing. Ingrown hairs can show up anywhere, including your face, bikini line, legs or underarms.

What causes ingrown hairs?

These unsightly bumps are usually a result of shaving, waxing or tweezing, which sharpens your hairs. If you have curly or coarse hair, you’re even more prone to them because it’s easier for the hairs to bend back and re-enter your skin.

Another cause of ingrown hairs? Having a dull razor blade, which forces you to shave closer to the skin, irritating the hair follicles further.

How to get rid of ingrown hairs

Normally, ingrown hairs clear up after a few days. The easiest way to avoid them is to stop shaving, waxing or plucking the affected area, but that isn’t always possible. It’s important to consider the following when dealing with ingrown hairs:

  1. Avoid picking at ingrown hairs, since that could lead to an infection.
  2. Use a cream made specifically to treat them.
  3. Consider laser hair removal on an area that is constantly plagued by these bumps.  

If the bumps that you see are pus-filled, this may be a sign of folliculitis. This is when the hair follicles become infected and inflamed. You can treat mild cases by dabbing tea tree oil or another mild antiseptic on them. For extreme cases, you should see a doctor, who will probably prescribe antibiotics.

How to prevent ingrown hairs

  • Dead skin cells make it much easier for ingrown hairs to occur, so exfoliating your skin can stop hairs from getting stuck in your pores.
  • Try opening up your pores with a warm washcloth or water before shaving.
  • While you’re shaving, don’t press your razor too close to the skin. Make sure to always use a fresh razor, not a dull one.
  • The less blades on the razor, the less irritated that area of skin will get.

While both physically and visually unpleasant, ingrown hairs typically only last a little while. With the proper preparation, you can minimize them. If you suspect your skin condition may be more than just a few ingrown hairs, visit your local Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center in Little Rock, Arkansas; Shreveport, Louisiana; Bossier City, Louisiana; or Natchitoches, Louisiana, for treatment today.

Learn about Velocity Care's healthcare services

Photo credit: 123RF Stock Photo

Medical disclaimer

This site offers medical, health, fitness and nutritional information and is designed for educational purposes only. General information found on this website is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your health care professional.  If reading after hours, one option for treatment is to seek an urgent care or  walk-in clinic for medical advice. 

Share your comments:

Subscribe to Email Updates

Recent Posts

Posts by Topic

see all