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How to Clear Up Ingrown Hairs

author image Kelly Sundstrom
Kelly Sundstrom is a national special needs spokesperson and writer. She writes content for major brands, magazines and newspapers, including Gather News, STACK Magazine, Colgate, Kudzu, LIVESTRONG and Lowe's Home Improvement. She currently has over 6500 digital and print articles in publication. Her awards include the 2012 Skyword High Flyer Award and the 2009 Demand Media Top Content Creator Award.
How to Clear Up Ingrown Hairs
Getting rid of ingrown hairs helps keep the skin looking smooth. Photo Credit Wavebreakmedia Ltd/Wavebreak Media/Getty Images

Ingrown hairs are caused by the ends of hairs becoming trapped underneath the skin, which then become infected and pus-filled. Because ingrown hairs closely resemble whiteheads and acne pustules, many people unknowingly try to pop and pick at ingrown hairs, only to end up with unsightly scars and skin discolorations. Luckily, ingrown hairs can be effectively removed by following a regimen that opens the pores, kills the bacteria inside the pores and gently removes the tips of the ingrown hairs.

Step 1

Apply an oil mask to open the pores and to release pus and pressure. Spread 2 tabelspoons of castor oil over the area affected by ingrown hairs, covering it with a thick layer of oil. Allow the oil to remain on the skin for at least 15 minutes, then gently wipe it away with a damp washcloth.

Step 2

Exfoliate the ingrown hair to remove dead skin and bacteria around the area. Combine 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 1 teaspoon of water, and spread the baking soda paste onto the area affected by ingrown hairs. Very gently massage the paste around the area using circular finger movements. After two minutes, rinse the skin well with water.

Step 3

Remove the end of the hair with tweezers to allow the skin to heal naturally. Locate the loop of hair inside the ingrown hair bump on your skin. Place the very tip of a pair of tweezers underneath the loop, and gently pull upward. The tip of the hair will exit the skin. Once the tip appears, allow it to remain attached to the skin. The skin will now be able to heal normally.

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