Ingrown infected hair

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Ingrown hair is hair that has curled and grown back into the skin instead of growing outwards. This may cause itching, swelling or a burning sensation. An infected ingrown hair is filled with pus. People with coarse and curly hair are more likely to have this. Dirt, dead skin and excess oil can block hair follicles, thus cause infected ingrown hair. This condition mostly occurs after a hair removal procedure.

Treatments for it include:

  • Apply Warm Compress and Remove
  • Tease the Hair Out of Skin
  • Dab Acne Medication
  • Exfoliate Gently
  • Other Home Remedies, like aspirin, baking soda, tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar
It don’t hurt
Mine hurts when touched.
I have one on back of my header and it hurts soooo bad
Solutions such as salicylic acid and Benzoyl Peroxide can be tried to remove the cutin. If abscess is formed, fester needs to be expelled.
I have ingrown hair on my face on my legs and my arms and there's piles of them inside my skin I need help what can I do
To treat ingrown hairs, stop shaving, tweezing or waxing until the condition improves — usually one to six months. If that's not possible, consider laser treatment, which removes the hair at a deeper level and inhibits regrowth. Laser treatment may cause blisters, scars and skin darkening.


Your doctor may prescribe certain medications to help manage your condition. They include:

Drugs that help remove dead skin cells. Retinoids applied to your skin, such as tretinoin (Renova, Retin-A, others), help with clearing dead cells from your skin (exfoliation).
Creams to reduce inflammation. Your doctor may suggest a steroid cream.
Creams or pills to control infection. For mild infections caused by scratching the affected area, your doctor may recommend an antibiotic ointment. For more severe infection, your doctor may prescribe oral antibiotics.


To release ingrown hairs, you can:

Wash the affected area using a washcloth or soft-bristled toothbrush. Use a circular motion for several minutes. Do this before shaving and at bedtime.
Use a sterile needle, inserting it under hair loops, to gently lift embedded hair tips.
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