It produces a raised, red bump (or group of bumps) that looks like a little pimple. Sometimes an ingrown hair can form a painful, boil-like sore. You may notice pus inside the bumps. Or you may see the hair that’s causing the problem.
How do I know if its an ingrown hair or pimple?
Just like pimples, ingrown hairs can hurt. You may even be able to see the hair just under the surface of the skin or in the swollen head of the blemish. It’s likely ingrown hairs if your breakouts are concentrated in the areas where you shave.
How do you get rid of an ingrown hair pimple?
What treatments can you try at home?
- Exfoliate with salicylic acid or glycolic acid. These products will help keep your hair follicles open, so the hairs don’t get trapped again. …
- Use a benzoyl peroxide cream. This ingredient found in OTC acne medicines can help dry up the affected area and reduce redness.
Can you pop an ingrown hair?
Never pop an ingrown hair cyst, as this can increase your risk for infection and scarring. You also shouldn’t try to lift the hair out with tweezers like you might with a normal ingrown hair. At this point, the hair is embedded far too deep underneath the bump or cyst for you to pull it out.
How do you draw out an ingrown hair?
To remove an ingrown hair safely:
- Wash the area with mild soap and warm water. …
- Apply a warm, wet washcloth over the ingrown hair. …
- Hold the washcloth in place for 1 minute, then remove it.
- Using a sterilized needle or tweezers, gently tease out the rest of the hair.
Will an ingrown hair go away on its own?
Often, an ingrown hair will go away on its own. But if it doesn’t, you could have: An infection. Darkened skin.
How do you get rid of ingrown hairs without tweezers?
Using a warm washcloth or soft toothbrush
Hairs that have grown back into the follicle can be gently coaxed out using a warm washcloth and soft toothbrush. After soaking a washcloth in warm water, apply it to the ingrown hair to warm and relax the pores and follicles.
Can I use Neosporin on an ingrown hair?
A dab of antibiotic ointment (like Neosporin) can also help. But if redness forms around the ingrown hair or it starts to ooze with pus and becomes tender, visit your dermatologist, stat.