You don’t need fancy products to treat an ingrown hair that is not infected, according to the Mayo Clinic. While black and Hispanic women have a greater risk of suffering from ingrown hairs after shaving, tweezing or waxing, any mom might one day endure the pain and embarrassment of this potential hair removal side effect. Unless your ingrown hair doesn’t go away, you can usually treat it inexpensively at home without making any additional purchases.
Stop all types of hair removal, whether at home or at a salon, immediately once you notice an ingrown hair. This includes shaving, waxing and tweezing. Moms who want to avoid the risk of ingrown hairs but still desire hair removal for aesthetic reasons might consider laser hair removal, according to the Mayo Clinic. That hair removal method is more permanent and, since it removes hair follicles, it does not cause ingrown hairs.
Wash the affected area carefully with a washcloth or soft toothbrush. Use a gentle soap and lukewarm water. Rub the ingrown hair and the surrounding area using a circular motion. The Mayo Clinic recommends moms do this at least twice a day.
Sterilize a sewing needle. Take the needle and carefully insert it right under the area with the ingrown hair. Use it to lift each hair that is trapped in the skin.
- Never attempt to treat at home an ingrown hair that may be infected; you must call your doctor. She may prescribe topical creams or ointments along with oral antibiotics or steroids in serious ingrown hair cases, according to the Mayo Clinic.