If you shave, then chances are you've dealt with the troublesome issue of ingrown hairs. While they can be mild and work themselves out naturally, some are more serious and can leave you with an itchy, red bump that can possibly get infected. Take a few simple steps to get that pesky ingrown hair out from under the skin.
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Cleanliness Is Important
Keeping the area clean is integral to healing your ingrown hair. Wash it two to three times a day with antibacterial soap and water. Infected ingrown hairs can increase pain and discomfort, and force you to take a trip to the doctor.
Exfoliate Dead Skin
Exfoliate the area two times a day. This will help remove dead skin, allowing the ingrown hair to come to the surface. You can even make your own scrub at home out of about two cups of sea salt and a half a cup of almond oil. Use warm water, which will help draw the hair closer to the surface.
Treat Redness and Swelling
Reduce redness and swelling by applying hydrocortisone cream to the area three times a day. Hydrocortisone cream will also help soothe your irritated skin and, in reducing swelling, it will make it easier for that ingrown hair to emerge.
If All Else Fails
If the ingrown hair doesn't clear up after a few days, try this final effort. Apply a hot compress onto the ingrown hair for five minutes. Disinfect a set of tweezers using hydrogen peroxide. Stretch out the skin around the ingrown hair and use the tweezers to grab the part of hair that is most visible, then gently pull it out. Do not pluck the hair out completely, just pull out the hair trapped under the skin. This method is best used after a few days of treatment because your ingrown hair should be raised enough to grab a portion.
Keep cleaning the area daily to ensure skin heals properly and infection doesn't occur.
If you have a severely painful ingrown hair that won't go away or becomes infected, see your dermatologist immediately.