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How to Remove Ingrown Arm Hair

by
author image Rose Erickson
Rose Erickson has been a professional writer since 2010. She specializes in fitness, parenting, beauty, health, nutrition and saving money, and writes for several online publications including The Krazy Coupon Lady. She is also a novelist and a mother of three.
How to Remove Ingrown Arm Hair
How to Remove Ingrown Arm Hair Photo Credit Dale Davidson/Demand Media

An ingrown hair develops when hair grows back into the follicle. The body reacts as if a foreign body has entered the skin, resulting in redness, pain and inflammation. Although ingrown hairs are most common in young black males, they can affect any age or race. These bumps can be embarrassing and difficult to disguise. Ingrown hairs on your arms can be remedied at home.

Step 1

How to Remove Ingrown Arm Hair
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Hold a warm compress or damp washcloth to the ingrown hair several times daily. This will help ease discomfort and encourage draining.

Step 2

How to Remove Ingrown Arm Hair
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Use an over-the-counter medication to help slough away dead skin. Look for a product containing salicylic acid.

Step 3

How to Remove Ingrown Arm Hair
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Exfoliate the affected area with a scrub or loofah while in the shower. Or use a soft toothbrush applied in a circular motion to help expose the ingrown hair.

Step 4

How to Remove Ingrown Arm Hair
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Gently insert a sterile needle under the loop of hairs embedded in your arm skin. Pull upward to dislodge hairs.

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Step 5

How to Remove Ingrown Arm Hair
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Wash with an antibacterial soap and apply a thin coating of antibiotic ointment to prevent infection.

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