STEP 01

Apply an aspirin-based anti-inflammatory to ingrown hairs. Over-the-counter products with stabilized aspirin can reduce most types of skin irritation. In lieu of OTC products, we suggests you can also make your own by simply crushing or dissolving one or two aspirin tablets in a 1/4 cup of water. Add glycerin to thicken.

STEP 02

Use an over-the-counter cortisone cream if ingrown hair bumps are unresponsive to aspirin-based topicals.

STEP 03

Bathe the affected area twice a day and gently rub a washcloth or soft-bristled toothbrush in circular motions to release any ingrown hairs that are trapped. Avoid vigorously scrubbing ingrown hairs when inflammation is present. Doing so will only make the condition worse.

STEP 04

Apply an antibacterial cream -- available at the drugstore without a prescription -- if you start to notice signs of minor infection.

STEP 05

See a doctor if ingrown hairs continue to be a problem or an infection doesn't clear with home treatment. Your health care provider may recommend a stronger topical cream, such as a retinoid, corticosteroid or antibiotic. If your inflammation is severe, oral antibiotics may be recommended.

Warnings

Chronic ingrown hairs are more than a cosmetic nuisance. These may lead to scarring and hyperpigmentation. If you scratch or pick at the bumps, you could also get a bacterial infection.

Tips

Individual ingrown hairs that have penetrated the skin may be removed by using the tip of a sterile needle. Simply insert the tip of the needle through the ingrown hair "loop," and lift it away from the skin. If waxing continues to cause you to get ingrown hairs, avoid this particular method of hair removal. Although you may have more success with shaving or cream depilatories, also consider laser hair removal as a semi-permanent method to reduce the density of hair growth.



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