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About Ingrown Hair

What is Ingrown Hair?

Ingrown hair

 

What is ingrown hair?

Ingrown hair is hair that curls around and grows back into your skin rather than rising up. At times, dead skin clogs up the hair follicle and causes the hair inside it to grow sideways under the skin rather than growing in an upward or outward direction. This causes pores to get blocked and allows bacteria to grow, mostly creating pimples.

Ingrown hair looks like a raised, red, bump on the skin. It causes skin irritation and at times becomes very painful like a sore. In case, one has lot of them, ingrown hair becomes quite painful, itchy, and uncomfortable to bear. Pus tends to develop inside the bumps which make it quite painful.

In men, ingrown hair usually appears on the chin, cheeks, or neck in small groups or bunch of bumps. In women, they are commonly found in the armpits, on the buttocks, and in the public area.

There are many causes of ingrown hair. Coarse, curly, and thick hair are one of the biggest causes of ingrown hair. Dry skin, oil in the hair follicles, shaving too close or in the wrong direction, or hair removal methods, such as waxing, tweezing, shaving, and electrolysis are some of the other causes of ingrown hair.

Who can get ingrown hair?

Anyone can get ingrown hair but there are certain people who are at a higher risk of getting them, such as

Teenagers

Adults

People who have curly or thick hair

People with coarse hair

African-Americans

Hispanics

People with high level of particular sex hormones

What are the risks associated with ingrown hair?

Ingrown hair as such is not serious, but they often cause a lot of irritation and discomfort to the person who has them. In addition, they look ugly and make one feel embarrassing and conscious. Here are some of the risks or side-effects of ingrown hair

Skin infection

Inflammation

Permanent darkness of the skin

Scarring

Itchiness

Can ingrown hair be treated?

If ingrown hair is bothering a person, he or she must seek treatment as it won’t go away on its own. The common treatment for ingrown hair includes making a small incision in the skin with a sterile needle or scalpel to remove it. A doctor may prescribe antibiotics or steroids to reduce swelling and infection.

Who is the best candidate?

Anyone can get ingrown hair but there are certain people who are at a higher risk of getting them, such as teenagers, adults, people who have curly or thick hair and people with high level of particular sex hormones.

Side effects:

Ingrown hair as such is not serious. However, treatment for ingrown hair may cause swelling and infection.

What is the Cost?

This cost of treating ingrown hair depends on the type of treatment and the doctor. If you get it treated from a dermatologist or a surgeon, the treatment would cost more than if you try to treat the problem of ingrown hair using home remedies. For the best results, you must consult a doctor who specialises in treatment for ingrown hair.

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