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- What is an ingrown hair?
- What causes an ingrown hair?
- Who develops ingrown hairs?
- What are symptoms and signs of an ingrown hair?
- Are ingrown hairs the same as razor bumps or pseudofolliculitis?
- Are there any home remedies for an ingrown hair?
- What is the treatment for an ingrown hair?
- Do ingrown hairs affect the entire body?
- How is an ingrown hair diagnosed?
- Does diet have anything to do with ingrown hairs?
- What else could an ingrown hair look like?
- Can ingrown hairs be prevented?
Can ingrown hairs be prevented?
The simplest way to prevent ingrown hairs is to allow hair to grow freely without cutting it. Shaving and waxing can cause or exacerbate ingrown hairs. The shaving techniques described above can be applied to prevent or decrease the occurrence of ingrown hairs. Topical hair-growth-inhibitor cream (Vaniqa), electrolysis, or hair-removal lasers can also effectively help decrease ingrown hairs.
Medically reviewed by Martin E Zipser, MD: American Board of Surgery
Draelos, Zoe Diana. "Shaving for Success." Cosmetic Dermatology 22.11 Nov. 2009: 554-557.
Freedberg, Irwin M., et al. Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicine. 5th ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Professional, 1999.
Luelmo-Aguilar, Jesús, and Mireia Sàbat Santandreu. "Folliculitis: Recognition and Management." Am J Clin Dermatol 5.5 (2004): 301-310.