How to Draw Salve for Ingrown Hair

Ingrown hair occurs when the end of a hair works its way under the skin. Ingrown hairs are common in people with very curly hair, especially after shaving, as curly hair tends to double back on itself and the sharp ends may pierce the skin. Drawing salve, also known as black drawing salve or draw-out salve, is an over-the-counter remedy available at health food stores. The salve acts as an anti-inflammatory to relieve skin irritations and can help relieve ingrown hairs.

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Step 1

Wash the affected area with warm water and exfoliating scrub. Pat the area dry with a clean towel.

Step 2

Swab the area with alcohol. Allow the alcohol to air dry.

Step 3

Apply a small amount of drawing salve to the area and cover with an adhesive bandage. Let the salve sit for one hour.

Step 4

Swab the tweezers with alcohol and use the tweezers to gently pull at the ingrown hair. For pimple-type ingrown hairs, gently squeeze the skin around the ingrown hair. When the hair pops out, use the tweezers to pull the hair the rest of the way out.

Step 5

Apply more drawing salve to encourage healing and reduce swelling.

Things You'll Need

  • Exfoliating scrub

  • Towel

  • Alcohol swab

  • Adhesive bandages

  • Tweezers

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