What is Ingrown Hair?

Ingrown hair occurs when the hair grows under the skin and doesn’t surface, as it normally should. The condition is more likely to occur in areas that are shaved or waxed and may affect both men and women.

Problems with Ingrown Hair

Ingrown hair doesn’t necessarily cause pain, but in some people, the condition can be itchy and it may result in rashes. Ingrown hair may also cause skin infections or infections of the hair follicle. These infections are also known as razor bumps of pseudofolliculitis barbae and can be treated by removing the ingrown hair, and if needed, by applying topical antibiotic creams.

Causes of Ingrown Hair

The ingrown hairs occur mainly after waxing, shaving or other types of hair removal procedures, and are more frequent in people with naturally curly hair. The hair can curl back into the follicle if cut very short or sharp, or if removed from the root, it may grow under the skin.

Ingrown Hair Removal

The ingrown hairs may be prevented by exfoliating the skin on a regular basis and before the hair removal. However, there are also other methods to remove hair including laser systems, electrolysis, or removal with tweezers or sterile needles.