Patient Comments: Ingrown Hair - Home Remedies

Please share any effective home remedies for dealing with ingrown hairs.

Comment from: Wizker, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 06

The top causes of ingrown hairs are: Too many passes with the blade. One pass, going 1 or 2 inches downward at a time will eliminate ingrown hairs. Too many blades; if you are prone to ingrown hair you don't need 3 or more blades. Pressing too hard on the skin with the blade. A gliding, light touch is all you need. Not enough preparation time. You should be using a warm/hot water preparation (5 minutes). Then leave the shaving cream on for more than 3 minutes to really soften the hair. Using a used blade (this one is obvious, of course). Use of skin/pore clogging creams or lotions. These keep hairs from growing out. After a shave, keep your skin bare; let it breathe and allow those newly shaved, really small, microscopic hairs to grow out just in time for the next shave. Not enough exfoliation to remove excess layers of skin. Use an ingrown hair brush or bump brush as directed. Shaving too many times. This rule is hard to follow especially if you have to shave for your career but if you are prone to ingrown hair, try shaving with an electric clipper. The results are not super close but no one but you will know the difference. Shaving against the grain. Shave in the direction of hair growth (usually down, but perform a face map to be sure). Avoid tight fitting clothing around the Adam's apple (neck) and/or below the waistline region.

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Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 23

I use salt or sugar scrub about twice a week to exfoliate the dead dry skin from shaved areas. I also keep my legs and under arms well hydrated with Lubriderm lotion every day after bathing. This has reduced and almost eliminated all ingrown hairs. What few I find now are freed when I exfoliate.

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