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Scar tissue is making ingrown hairs on face...

Hi, my question is regarding my father in law. Due to scar tissue on his face from an accident 18 years ago, he get's ingrown hairs really bad and the only way he can remove them is with a needle. This has caused major scarring and has seemed to spread all over his face. He's been to doctors and had laser treatment to reduce the scar tissue but nothing seems to work. Do you think laser hair removal would help? It is extremely painful and embarassing for him & I would like to help find a solution for him. Any suggestions?  
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Hi

Laser hair removal may be able to remove the ingrown hairs which may be causing the condition on the first place. It may help alleviate the irritation and discomfort brought by the ingrown hairs. However, this may not readily help with the scars as laser therapy may need repeated session for results to be noted.

Just tell your dad to avoid picking on the areas with needles as this may only aggravate the condition and may actually cause infections to occur. Laser hair removal therapy may benefit him as this will help remove the ingrown hairs. Although, I would suggest that you inform your physician about this so you may be guided. Choose a physician who has been trained well on this.
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Thank you for your response! I'll definitley pass this info. to him. I've been researching more &  think he may have folliculitis.
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Hi

You are welcome. I hope your father in law gets the right management for this.

As for folliculitis , he may need topical antibiotics for this. The ingrown hair condition may only worsen given an overlying infection that is present. If this is the case, it is important that the folliculitis be treated first. Wash the face with a mild cleanser.Do not share towels, razors etc.Also, refrain from unnecessarily touching the area.Wash the hands frequently with a mild cleanser.The same goes for everyone at home to prevent spread.
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