How to Get Rid of an Ingrown Hair

Everyone has experienced the pain and frustration of an ingrown hair at some point in their life, so finding out how to get rid of an ingrown hair is information that anyone can use. An ingrown hair is a hair that has grown sideways, allowing both ends to be embedded into the skin, usually accompanied with inflammation and sometimes puss. With a few simple steps, no one will ever have to endure the discomfort of an ingrown hair ever again.

To help with an ingrown hair, you will need:

  • Washcloth with warm, or as hot as you can stand water
  • Tweezers
  • Exfoliating glove, or exfoliated scrub and a washcloth, depending on what you have
  • Acne medicine, or benzyl peroxide or salicylic
  • Moisturizing soap
  • Antiseptic


  1. Scrub the area with an exfoliating glove, or exfoliating scrub. If the hair is infected, or swollen and very painful to the touch, use a gentle hand when exfoliating, but do so twice a day. Doing this will get rid of any dead skin cells or dirt around the area, making sure no infection can set into the ingrown hair.
  2. Apply an acne cream directly to the ingrown hair. The ingrown hair acts much like a pimple does, being swollen and sometimes filled with puss. The acne cream, benzyl peroxide or salicylic will reduce the swelling and puss.
  3. Next, take a wash cloth and get it wet in the hottest water you can stand to the touch. Apply the warm, wet wash cloth against the ingrown hair as a compress for up to ten minutes. This will bring the hair to the surface to make it more manageable to handle. It may sting at first to have the warmth against the ingrown hair, but suck it up. And if the cloth becomes cool, rinse it again in the hot water and reapply to allow the heat to do its work.
  4. Next, take the tweezers and softly pull up one end of the hair. Grab the side that has curled over and imbedded itself into the skin and lift it out.
  5. When you are done, wash the area softly with moisturizing soap, and then apply a bit of antiseptic. This will keep the area from getting infected and help it continue to heal bringing down the swelling even more.

The combination of one or all of the listed steps can help anyone with an ingrown hair. The pain and problems that accompany an ingrown hair does not need to rule your life anymore with these few steps. Just remember to be gentle, and keep an eye on it. If it does not heal with in a couple of days, give your doctor a call so they can advise you further.

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