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Natural Ingrown Hair Remedy for Stubborn Hairs

Updated on February 27, 2011

If people didn't shave, there would likely be far fewer ingrown hairs. Unfortunately, shaving is a part of life and so are the inevitable ingrown hairs. There is, however, an effective natural ingrown hair remedy that anyone can do at home. This technique can be applied anywhere on the body or for ingrown facial hair, and it's best for removing a single ingrown hair that is not severely inflamed or infected. 

If you suspect the area is infected or you are unable to remove the hair on your own and it's causing serious pain, please contact your doctor or dermatologist as soon as possible. If you just have one irritating ingrown hair, you can probably remove it on your own using the following method.

Remove ingrown hairs naturally with tweezers.
Remove ingrown hairs naturally with tweezers.

Natural Ingrown Hair Remedy: Materials Needed

Prepare to remove ingrown hairs by gathering a few basic items. You'll need:

  • Sterile tweezers; preferably ingrown hair tweezers, although any type will work if necessary. Sterilize your tweezers by holding them over an open flame or soaking in rubbing alcohol.
  • Clean washcloth for softening the hair follicle
  • Mirror; preferably a magnifying mirror, but a regular hand or wall mirror will work if necessary.
  • Hydrogen peroxide and natural moisturizer for aftercare

Ingrown Hair Treatments

Tweezerman Ingrown Hair Splintertweeze
Tweezerman Ingrown Hair Splintertweeze

Tweezers made specifically for removing stubborn ingrown hairs. This brand is more precise than regular tweezers and it works very well with the above natural ingrown hair remedy.


Natural Ingrown Hair Remedy: The Process

Go into the bathroom, where you won't be disturbed. The natural ingrown hair remedy can take some time to accomplish successfully. It's important, however, that you don't rush or you could damage your skin or hair follicle, which may cause infection.

  1. Soak the washcloth in hot water and wring out thoroughly. Place the cloth over the affected hair and leave it in place for about five minutes. This will soften the hair and make it easier to remove.
  2. Remove the washcloth and stand in front of the mirror or hold it up to your face. Make sure you can see the ingrown hair clearly. This is where a magnifying mirror comes in handy, but you can still succeed if you have good lighting in the bathroom and you're able to get close enough.
  3. Use the tweezers to gently lift the hair away from the skin. Be very careful that you don't cut the skin or dig into the area. This can cause damage that results in infection, pain and a guaranteed trip to the doctor's office. Instead, focus on removing the ingrown hair without grabbing the skin.
  4. Apply a bit of hydrogen peroxide to the area when you've removed the ingrown hair. This will prevent any bacteria from entering the hair follicle. Apply a gentle moisturizer to the skin after the peroxide dries to soothe the skin and prevent irritation.


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