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Home Remedies for Ingrown Hair

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Ingrown hairs, commonly known as razor bumps, are hairs that have curled around and grown back into the skin instead of rising up from it.

According to the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System, ingrown hairs or razor bumps appear most frequently among people of the African American community or people who have curly hair.

An ingrown hair can produce a raised, red bump that looks like a little pimple. At times, there may be pus inside the bump. It also causes redness, swelling, inflammation, pain and irritation in the area.


Ingrown hair illustration

The condition occurs most frequently where people shave to get rid of unwanted hair, such as the beard area, legs, underarms and bikini area.

This is not a serious issue, but definitely an irritating problem affecting many people. In most cases, ingrown hairs go away on their own as the hair eventually grows out of the skin. But some simple home remedies can speed up the healing process and diminish the inflammation and redness.

As for the hair growing back into the skin, you can simply lift it out with a sterile straight pin or a pair of tweezers; do not pick or dig at your ingrown hair though.


home remedies for ingrown hair

Here are the top 10 home remedies for ingrown hairs.

1. Sugar Scrub

Sugar is a great skin scrub that can help get rid of ingrown hair. It gently exfoliates the skin, removing dead cells and helping the ingrown hair come out of the skin. Plus, it will make your skin silky smooth.

Home remedy to remove ingrown hair naturally
Sugar Home Remedy to Get Rid of Ingrown Hair
  1. Mix one cup of white sugar with one-half cup of extra-virgin olive oil or jojoba oil.
  2. Stir in 10 drops each of tea tree oil and lavender essential oil.
  3. Apply a small amount of this homemade scrub on the affected area.
  4. Gently scrub the skin in circular motions for a few minutes. Then rinse it off with lukewarm water.
  5. Follow this remedy once or twice a week as needed.

You can store the remaining scrub in an airtight container for future use.


2. Baking Soda

Baking soda has a soothing effect on the skin due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Plus, it helps relieve itching by exfoliating the skin and also reduces redness caused by ingrown hairs.

  • Mix one tablespoon of baking soda and one cup of water. Dip a cotton ball in the solution. Dab it on the affected skin. Leave it on for five minutes and then wash it off with cold water. Repeat two or three times daily as needed.
  • You can also make a homemade scrub with one teaspoon each of baking soda and ground oatmeal and one tablespoon of water. Mix the ingredients together to create a paste. Apply it gently on the skin and leave it on for not more than five minutes. Then rinse if off with lukewarm water and gently pat the skin dry. Follow this remedy twice daily as needed.

3. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that help heal the skin and also prevent infection.

  • Add five drops of tea tree oil to two tablespoons of distilled water. Apply the diluted tea tree oil on the affected skin after cleansing the area with antibacterial soap. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse the area with lukewarm water. Do this twice daily as needed.
  • Mix three drops of tea tree oil in one tablespoon of olive oil. Apply the mixture on the affected area and gently massage it for a few minutes. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water. Follow this remedy twice daily as needed.

4. Aspirin

Aspirin can help reduce redness and inflammation, the two most common symptoms of ingrown hair. The anti-inflammatory property of aspirin reduces swelling, fights inflammation and treats mild infection. Plus, the salicylic acid present in aspirin scrubs away dead skin to loosen the offending hair.

  1. Soak two aspirin tablets in one teaspoon of warm water until it forms a paste-like consistency.
  2. Add one teaspoon of honey to the paste.
  3. Apply the paste to the affected area.
  4. Leave it on for 10 minutes. Wash it off with warm water and then gently pat the skin dry.
  5. Follow this remedy once or twice a week as needed.

Note: Those with highly sensitive skin should not follow this remedy.

5. Salt

Salt works as a great exfoliating agent and at the same time helps increase circulation, promote healing and reduce swelling.

  1. Mix one and one-half teaspoons of table salt in one cup of lukewarm water.
  2. Dip a cotton ball in the mixture and gently rub it over the affected skin.
  3. Leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse it off with water.
  4. Do this twice daily until the ingrown hair clears up.

Note: Do not use this remedy if your skin gets red or irritated.

6. Black Tea Bags

Black tea bags can also help get rid of ingrown hairs. Black tea contains tannic acid, which reduces redness and inflammation and helps soothe the skin.

  • Moisten a black tea bag in warm water. Rub it over the affected area for two to three minutes. Repeat several times daily as needed.
  • Alternatively, steep a black tea bag in hot water for a few minutes. Remove it from the water and squeeze out the liquid into a bowl. Mix in one teaspoon of coconut water. Soak a cotton ball in the mixture and then press it gently on the irritated skin. Do this twice daily for a few days until you see improvement.

Home Remedies for Ingrown Hair was last modified: September 27th, 2016 by Top10HomeRemedies

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27 thoughts on “Home Remedies for Ingrown Hair”

  1. Thanks for the tips… will give them a shot and post back results. If any1 has result or wich workd best, post back. Wont ask for email like others because im not lazy and can bookmark and screen shot it… lol.

  2. “SomeGuy” said it. Read through all the comments for a glimmer of hope in mankind. I can only hope this was the OP making a bunch of “anonymous” comments to raise popularity and is only one person on here that doesn’t know how to bookmark, screenshot, print page, etc. Anyway, second reason for posting, thanks for the remedies! Just what I was looking for. 🙂

  3. hi there! i love your tips… they are all so easy I tried so many things for the ingrowing hair in my legs but nothing work so far.. they look like strawberry and i cant wear shorts or even nice dresses.. please help me.. i would really appreciate it if you could send me some more tips.. thank you! God bless you. 😉

  4. I have had bumps on my legs for as long as I can remember. I have been so self conscious and embarrassed to wear shorts even in front of my family. My sister’s also have the same thing but they aren’t embarrassed. I am going to try it today. Hopefully it works because I have had them since middle school and now I am a junior. I’m going to give these a try.

  5. I hope these home remedies will help me… I have been with Ingrow beard since December Las year til now. They are painful and embarrassing. email me a lot to which one
    is cheaper and best for me colleagues.
    email these remedies to my email address pls.

  6. Hey guys just wanted to share my experience. I had this really big pimple which I thought was a cyst & I was panicking because it was on the lip of my private area. I had it for a couple days, and it wouldn’t go away & it hurt so bad. I came across these home remedies, thank God! I first would put warm towel compression on it, then I started rubbing aloe Vera for 5 mins., Washed it off, then I put salt in water which I think was the charm. I dipped a cottonball in the salt mixed water, rubbed the bump for 5 mins or more (make sure there’s grains of salt on the cotton for exfoliation) It was very inflamed, it was bleeding, but I think that’s what helped it heal. After I rubbed it w cotton I applied the hot towel for soothing matter. & I went to sleep. I woke up to no bump! Jst small but it’ll go away in a day ??? & I will buy tea tree oil for antibacterial matter today. That’s my experience. & im so thankful to come across this!

  7. I am so desperate, This is my first time looking for tips online I have really bad strawberry legs it’s to the point where they are way to noticeable I was wondering if you guys can send me tips it will help a lot (: thank you ^-^

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