Ingrown hairs

Ingrown hairs occur when hair that has been cut or grown grows back into the skin instead of breaking out through the skin. This can lead to inflammation, pain, red bumps, and sometimes infection or scarring. Ingrown hairs are more common in people with curly or coarse hair, but can affect anyone, especially after hair removal (such as shaving, Grow or Epilate).


Ingrown hairs occur when hair grows curved or when dead skin cells block the hair follicle opening. This can force the hair to grow laterally under the skin. Shaving can increase the risk of ingrown hairs because the hair shaft is often cut off sharply and can grow into the skin more easily.


To prevent ingrown hairs, the following measures can be helpful:

  • Gentle hair removal methods : Avoid close shaving and use an electric shaver or trimmer if necessary. When waxing or epilating, it is important to keep the skin taut and work in the direction of hair growth.
  • Exfoliating : Gently exfoliating the skin regularly can help remove dead skin cells and reduce the likelihood of hair growth blocks.
  • Proper shaving techniques : When shaving, always use a sharp razor, shave in the direction of hair growth, and apply shaving cream or gel beforehand to protect the skin.
  • Moisture : Keep the skin supple by applying cream regularly to prevent hair ingrowth.
  • Loose clothing : Wear loose-fitting clothing over freshly shaved or waxed areas to avoid skin irritation.


If ingrown hairs are already present, the following steps can help:

  • Heat : Place a warm cloth on the affected area to soften the skin and release the hair.
  • Sterile tweezers : After softening the skin, sterile tweezers can be gently used to lift the end of the ingrown hair. Avoid pulling out hair as this can irritate the skin.
  • Avoiding scratching or squeezing : This may cause further irritation, infection, or scarring.
  • Topical treatments : Products containing salicylic acid, retinoids, or antibiotics can help reduce inflammation and treat infections.

When to see a doctor

If there is severe inflammation, signs of infection (such as pus, increasing pain or fever), or if ingrown hairs recur frequently, it is advisable to consult a dermatologist. Professional treatments or medication may be necessary to resolve the problem and prevent future incidents.

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