Ingrown Hair treatment for men

Ingrown Hairs

Ingrown hairs are hairs that have curled around and grown back into your skin instead of rising up from it.

Sometimes, dead skin can clog up a hair follicle. That forces the hair inside it to grow sideways under the skin, rather than upward and outward. Sometimes, cutting naturally curly hair too closely will result in the sharpened end of the hair piercing the skin, causing an ingrown hair.

Ingrown hairs aren't serious. But they can be irritating and embarrassing.

What Does an Ingrown Hair Look Like?

An ingrown hair irritates the skin. It produces a raised, red bump (or group of bumps) that looks like a little pimple. Sometimes an ingrown hair can form a painful, boil-like sore.

Ingrown hairs can be itchy and uncomfortable, especially if you've got a lot of them. You may notice pus inside the bumps. Or you may see the hair that's causing the problem.

In men, ingrown hairs often pop up as a bunch of little bumps on the chin, cheeks, or neck after shaving.

In women, ingrown hairs are common on the legs, as well as in the pubic area and armpits. You can also get ingrown hairs on your buttocks.

Ingrown Hair Causes

Often, an ingrown hair will go away on its own. If it doesn't go away, an ingrown hair can become infected, darken the skin, or leave behind a scar, especially if you've been scratching or picking at it.

If an ingrown hair is bothering you or has become infected, Dr Rippon can make a small cut in your skin with a sterile needle or scalpel to release it. He may also prescribe medicine such as:

  1. Steroid cream that you rub on your skin to bring down the swelling and irritation.
  2. Obagi Nu Derm skin care treatment to remove dead skin cells and reduce the skin pigment changes that can occur from ingrown hairs.
  3. Antibiotic treatment that can be taken by mouth or rub onto your skin to treat an ingrown hair infection.

There isn't any real treatment for ingrown hair other than to grow out your beard. Longer hairs aren't as sharp at the ends, so they won't be as likely to curl around and break through the skin. But for men who prefer a clean shave -- or women -- avoiding the razor may not be an option.

Ingrown Hair Prevention

To prevent ingrown hairs, try these tips every time you shave:

  • Every day, rub your face in a circular motion using a wet washcloth or an exfoliating scrub to tease out any stubborn ingrown hairs.
  • Shave with a sharp, single-bladed razor.
  • Wet your skin with warm water before shaving and apply a lubricating gel.
  • Shave in the same direction your hair is growing.
  • Use as few strokes of the razor as possible. That lessens the chance of a hair slipping back into your skin.
  • Rinse the blade with water after every stroke.
  • Don't shave too closely to your skin. Leave a little bit of stubble if you can.
  • If you're using an electric razor, hold it slightly above the surface of your skin.
  • Apply a cool washcloth to your skin after you shave to reduce irritation.

You can also try other hair removal methods that are less likely to produce ingrown hairs. Those methods include depilatory creams that dissolve the hair, and a laser or electric current (electrolysis) to permanently remove the hair follicle.

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