Ingrown Hair Home Remedies

Most people who shave can use ingrown hair home remedies as ingrown hairs usually occur in areas of the skin where hair is waxed or shaved. For this reason, men and women usually have ingrown hairs in different places, with the face and neck areas are most affected in men; and the legs or underarms are most affected in women. Both men and woman can use home remedies to help the affected areas.

Causes of Ingrown Hairs

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Ingrown hairs are most common in people who have naturally curly hair, but anyone can get ingrown hairs. When hair on the body is cut short, the hair gets a sharp tip that can pierce the skin and cause ingrown hairs. Other causes include:

  • Aggressive or improper techniques of hair removal, including both shaving and waxing.
  • Tight clothing creating friction on an area where hair has been removed.
  • The hair may grow sideways due to dead skin cells and other debris blocking the hair follicle.

Symptoms of Ingrown Hairs

Most commonly, you will notice an ingrown hair by inflammation on the skin, which can sometimes be quite painful. However, every person may experience the symptoms in a different way and the severity of the inflammation will differ from case to case. Although it may not always be visible, the curled, ingrown hair is in the middle of the inflamed area. Other symptoms can include:

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  • Itching of the area
  • Swelling
  • Redness and pain
  • A collection of pus in the affected area

Ingrown hair home remedies can help to target and ease these symptoms, both for aesthetic and comfort purposes.

Ingrown Hair Home Remedies

Some effective and save natural remedies for dealing with ingrown hair are:

  • Using an antibacterial soap or ointment on your skin can help to reduce the inflammation and some of the pain associated with it.
  • Aloe Vera gel or ointment applied to the red bumps is also an excellent way to reduce inflammation caused by an ingrown hair. You can even grow your own Aloe Vera plant at home and use the gel that come from its leaf for a variety of inflictions, including cuts and burns. Leave Aloe Vera on your skin overnight to help the healing process.
  • If it is shaving that causes you to get ingrown hairs, try waxing; and vice versa. Experiment with different hair removal methods to find what works best for your skin.
  • Turn to the kitchen for a concoction of a few drops of lemon juice, 4-5 tablespoons of sugar, 2 teaspoons of honey, half a teaspoon of corn starch, and 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Mix and heat all of the ingredients. Let the mixture cool, and then leave the mixture on the affected area for about 20 minutes. You can then wash it off with lukewarm water and the inflammation will have decreased.
  • To deal with the irritation and itchiness caused by ingrown hairs, peel half a cucumber and put it in a blender to puree. Add half a cup of milk and leave the mixture to chill in the fridge. You can then dip a cloth into the cucumber and milk blend and dab it on the affected area. The blend will soothe any irritation.


Preventing an ingrown hair problem from the start is the most efficient of the ingrown hair home remedies. Some effective preventions are:

  • Exfoliate your skin using a loofah, sponge, or body scrub before you shave an every time you shower. This will prevent the build up of dead skin cells that can block the hair follicle. You can make your own scrub by mixing baking soda and liquid soap.
  • Witch hazel applied to the skin after shaving acts as an antiseptic and cleans the area.

Having an ingrown hair is unsightly and uncomfortable, but ingrown hair home remedies are easy, economical and efficient ways to ease the symptoms of pesky ingrown hairs.

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