Men's Health Community
About This Community:

A community for people with Men's Health-related concerns. Ask a question, join a conversation, share experiences: medical conditions, general health, and management.

Font Size:
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank

How to Treat Ingrown Hair

Ingrown hair usually will grow out by themselves, but occassionally they may need a little self-care.  From time to time, ingrown hairs may become need the attention of a dermatologist if they become painful and last for more than a few weeks.  There are treatment options that will take care of this medical condition.

Certain areas of the body are more prone to ingrown hairs.  That is because certain areas of the body are more challenging to shave such as pubic area.  Other areas of the body are more prone to razor bumps due to friction between skin and clothing or from body heat.

Home remedies that you can try to treat ingrown hairs are rather simple.  First, use a topical antiseptic.  The best choice would be a product containing buffered fatty alcohol because it has the astringent benefits of alcohol to kill bacteria without the harsh stinging. 

 

A topical anti-inflammatory may be suitably for some areas.  Always read the directions of the topical application to see if the area infected is listed in the treatment directions. Another home remedy that is effective is putting a warm washcloth over the ingrown hair. 

 

Other remedies include shaving in a different direction, tweezing, exfoliating or using topical application such as salicylic prepared solutions. 

If home remedies do not work, schedule an appointment with a dermatologist.  He or she will examine the affected area and determine the best course of action.  He or she might prescribe antibiotics if an infection is present.   The dermatologist might also prepare the skin and then extract the ingrown hair using needles or tweezers.  

 

The dermatologist will follow this with an application of an antiseptic such as hydrogen peroxide or benzyl peroxide.  Usually, the doctor will give instructions on skin care of the area as well as prevention. 

Recent Activity
1236893_tn?1408490528
Blank
Foods You’re Throwing Away Every Ti...
10 hrs ago by gymdandee
1236893_tn?1408490528
Blank
gymdandee commented on Burn Belly Fat with T...
10 hrs ago
3149845_tn?1415046551
Blank
Life360 commented on Losing Gabe. :(
13 hrs ago
Blank
Exercise Tracker
Exercise is part of a healthy lifestyle
Start Tracking Now
Top Men's Health Answerers
139792_tn?1299416777
Blank
Dalubaba
Indore, India
Avatar_n_tn
Blank
solace21
1622896_tn?1426267159
Blank
bobdylan1958
Somewhere ?, United Kingdom
4851940_tn?1385441629
Blank
jemma116
United Kingdom
1236893_tn?1408490528
Blank
gymdandee
NJ
Go
BlankBlankBlank
Report
Rating
Category
Start Date
Nov 23, 2009
by ScottyMcDonald
Last Revision
Nov 23, 2009
by ScottyMcDonald