What is an ingrown hair?
An ingrown hair is a hair that curls and penetrates the skin with its tip, causing
inflammation. Ingrown hairs are more common among people with very curly hair. Most
ingrown hairs happen in the beard area on men and the bikini or groin area on women.
What are the symptoms of an ingrown hair?
The most common symptom of an ingrown hair is redness and inflammation of the skin.
This is followed by pus formation. The symptoms of an ingrown hair may seem like other
skin conditions. Always talk with your healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
How is an ingrown hair diagnosed?
Diagnosis of an ingrown hair can be confirmed with a medical history and a physical
Treatment for an ingrown hair
An ingrown hair often heals on its own. Warm compresses may help if you have pustules.
But in the case of chronic ingrown hairs, prevention may include:
Letting the hair to grow longer before shaving it
Not shaving the area in the future. If you must trim the hair, use a clipper rather
than a razor. Or try not to shave as closely. Special razors that don't shave as closely
may be useful.
Removing the hair permanently through laser, electrolysis, or depilatory methods (liquids