Ingrown hair is a condition where hair curls back or grows sideways into the skin. The condition is most prevalent among people who have coarse or curly hair. It may or may not be accompanied by an infection of the hair follicle (folliculitis) or "razor bumps" (pseudofolliculitis barbae), which vary in size.
Small, solid, rounded bumps (papules),Small, pus-filled, blister-like lesions (pustules),Skin darkening (hyperpigmentation)
Steroid medicine that you rub on your skin to bring down the swelling and irritation, Retinoids (Retin A) to remove dead skin cells and reduce the skin pigment changes that can occur from ingrown hairs, Antibiotic that you take by mouth or rub onto your skin to treat an ingrown hair infection
There are many different treatments for ingrown hairs:They can be removed with tweezers (though this can be painful) or dislodged with a rotable medical device for ingrown hairs.Some people who chronically get ingrown hairs use laser treatment or electrolysis to completely prevent hair growth.There are many different products that prevent or cure ingrown hairs.Some are alcohol-based, while others are alcohol-free. For some, alcohol can cause skin irritation and thus alcohol-freeproducts may be preferred.Prophylactic treatments include twice daily topical application of diluted glycolic acid.Applying salicylic acid solution is also a common remedy for ingrown hairs caused by waxing or shaving.Other treatments include putting a warm washcloth over the ingrown hair, shaving in a different direction, tweezing, exfoliating with facial scrubs, brushes, sponges, towels,or creams containing acids, and ibuprofen or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).