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Home treatment for ingrown hair

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Home treatment for ingrown hair
Home treatment for ingrown hair

An excellent home remedy for ingrown hairs is to exfoliate the area with circular movements. This exfoliation will remove the most superficial layer of the skin, helping to detach the hair.

However, in addition to exfoliating, it is also important to avoid wearing too-tight clothes right after shaving as this is one of the main causes of ingrown hairs.


  • 1 tablespoon of cornmeal;
  • 1 tablespoon of oatmeal;
  • 3 tablespoons of liquid soap.

Preparation mode

Mix the ingredients in a container until obtaining a homogeneous mixture.During the bath, rub this mixture in the area with the ingrown hairs and rinse with water. After the bath, you can also apply a moisturizing cream on the spot to make the skin more flexible and easier to pierce the hair.

This exfoliation should be done at least 2 to 3 times a week, and the results start to be observed from the first week of use.

What not to do

Do not try to remove the hair with tweezers or with your fingers, as the area can become inflamed, leaving the area around the hair red, swollen and painful. You should just do the exfoliations and when the hair comes out, take it out.

Also, while the hair is ingrown, avoid shaving or waxing, as this will still make it difficult for the hair to unravel and come out.

When to see the doctor

It is important to see a dermatologist when the area around the hair becomes red, swollen, hot, painful and has pus formation, as this may mean that the hair growth site has become infected.In these cases, the dermatologist usually prescribes an antibiotic ointment or tablet and anti-inflammatory ointments.

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