Infected Ingrown Hairs – Three Advice Notes

Main ingrown hair symptoms include constant tenderness in the affected area, itching, tingling, or mild to severe pain.

In chronic cases, hard, prominent, irregular scar tissue may develop.

Trapped, ingrown hairs can cause the body to form a bump, or papule – a small, raised abnormality on the sin.

Pustules, blisters containing pus, can develop and then become infected, rupture and bleed.

Consultation with a physician may be necessary in extreme cases.

Advice Note #1

Do not pick at the area if the hair is under the skin and has caused a pimple.

Disinfect the area with alcohol or toner. Then use a clean cloth which has cooled a little after being dipped in boiling water.

Repeat the process several times until the hair is brought to the surface of the skin. Then try to tweeze it out.

Advice Note #2

In chronic cases where the area around the ingrown hair has become infected and is swelling or filled with pus, it may be wiser to make an appointment to see an aesthetician. (Check your local yellow pages)

Advice Note #3

Do not squeeze infected ingrown hairs. This can make the infection worse.

Apply an anti-bacterial balm three times a day until the redness has gone down.

Use of an AHA (alpha-hydroxy acid) serum after this will dissolve skin cells that may have built-up in the infected area.

Additional information: Ingrown hairs are known as Psuedofolliculitis Barbae (PFB), razor bumps, razor burn, hair bumps, shaving bumps, ingrowns.

Psuedofolliculitis Barbae refers to hair which has been cut or broken off below the skin level which then begins to grow through surrounding tissue rather than out of the follicle.

In other cases, hair curls round and starts growing back into the skin causing irritation and inflammation.

Some of the more common areas for Psuedofolliculitis Barbae are on the bikini area, legs, and even the chin or upper lip.

A bump will develop where the Psuedofolliculitis Barbae continues to circle beneath the skin.

Sometimes these bumps become infected and develop a sack of pus, similar to a pimple without a whitehead.