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How do I get rid of this ingrown hair for good?

Asked by Supacase (14538points) May 3rd, 2010

I have a place where I keep getting an ingrown hair. I get it out, but it becomes ingrown again the next time it starts to grow. Of course, there is now scar tissue from all of the digging and picking around, which only makes it more likely to continue being an ingrown hair over and over. That means I dig at it more and more, making the scar thicker with the hair still underneath and not getting to the surface.

This cycle of events is driving me crazy. It’s painful and ugly!

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loser's avatar

Just wait until it pops through the skin and then pull it out. Eventually it should stop.

PandoraBoxx's avatar

See a dermatologist. Several years ago, I worked with someone that had an ingrown hair in their leg that became infected. When he finally went to the doctor, the hair they pulled out was 12 inches long.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

Would not electrolysis remove the hair in that follicle permanently?

Lightlyseared's avatar

Electolysis sounds like the way to go.

Supacase's avatar

@loser Well, the point is kind of that it never does pop through the skin.

I guess the dermatologist is the way to go. It just seems like such a silly thing to go for, but I don’t see it resolving itself. This has been going on for way too long.

@PandoraBoxx Ewwwwww!

Pandora's avatar

As suggest above by DrLawrence, electrolysis is a great solution. My daughter did electrolysis to remove a few stubborn ingrown hairs. She had the same problem with it scarring. Of course you should exfoliate a bit to help reduce the scar a bit so it can pop out. Its been a few months and they haven’t returned. She was told that some may return but they will be smaller and thinner and require a second treatment. But they can be rid of.

liminal's avatar

@PandoraBoxx What you said is like a bad car wreck…I keep looking to see if what I saw was true!

Supacase's avatar

I used to get electrolysis done regularly, so I am sure I could do it for a few hairs in that area. I wonder how they will get down into that follicle if it is scarred over, though.

EmoGirlRoflx's avatar

Nice hot baths seem to do the trick :)

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