What is Ingrown Hair?
When a hair is unable to break through the surface of the skin, but continues to grow, it becomes an ingrown hair. In some cases, the hair follicle may cause the hair to initially grow sideways; this is particularly common for individuals who have curly hair. Ingrown hair often appears in areas where hair removal (such as shaving, waxing, tweezing) has taken place.
If you often get ingrown hairs after shaving, waxing, or tweezing, consider laser hair removal; it’s a more permanent solution to hair removal that doesn’t cause ingrown hairs.
Ingrown Hair Cyst
An ingrown hair cyst first begins when a hair does not break through the surface of the skin. If the ingrown hair is not corrected, the body responds to the trapped hair as if it is a foreign object, causing inflammation. If the pore becomes blocked, a cyst can develop. These cysts may appear red, white, or yellow in colour and at times, can be very painful to touch.
Infected Ingrown Hair
If the skin pore becomes blocked, ingrown hairs can become infected over time. Signs of infection include oozing, increased redness, itchiness and increased pain.
Ingrown Hair vs Herpes
Ingrown hairs appear as single, small red pumps, soon after removing hair from that area. Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) appears as a cluster of small sores. They may disappear on their own, but unlike ingrown hairs, it is common for them to reoccur. Herpes may also cause a headache and/or fever.
Ingrown Hair Removal and Treatment Options
Ingrown hairs often go away on their own, but GraceMed offers treatment options for persistent or severe cases.