Man feeling ingrown hair on chin

What is an ingrown hair?

Ingrown hair (also called razor bumps) is generally not a serious skin care problem, but it can be unsightly, painful and very bothersome for men and even for women. They result when the shaved hair gets trapped inside the follicle or grows back into the skin causing a bump or papule. It can cause scarring, redness and swelling (its medical term is Pseudofolliculitis Barbae or PFB). Beard and neck areas in men are prime locations for ingrown hair to occur and for women the legs, underarms, and bikini area are all usually affected by these razor bumps.

How to treat ingrown hair?

There are several products that claim to help treat ingrown hairs, but the reality is that Salicylic acid is the one active substance that can visibly improve razor bumps. It is a dermatological-grade ingredient that exfoliates, moisturises, clears pores and can help prevent infection. After shaving apply a skincare product that contains salicylic acid.

Our top selling treatment is PFB Vanish Gel.

Also PAPULEX products are especially suitable for the care of the skin during shaving (Folliculitis). After shaving put the cream/gel immediately on the shaved parts. This way, irritating shaving spots do not even appear.

SESDERMA AZELAC Lotion is often recommended in cases of difficult beards and problems related to shaving or waxing. It can be applied on the face and body.

How to prevent ingrown hair?

Exfoliating (removing the upper layers of dead skin) is key to managing ingrown hairs. Daily use of a cleanser with glycolic acid or salicylic acid is particularly effective. Once or twice weekly microdermabrasion treatment also helps to exfoliate the dead skin cells and clear follicles to allow hairs to surface. The DermTx Clarify microdermabrasion is very effective because the microdermabrasion cream contains salicylic acid and also the system contains a soft-bristle cleansing brush attachment tool you can use to give the skin a deep daily cleanse. This process will remove the barriers that prevent the hair from growing out of the skin.

Use these ingrown hair treatment products with these popular NeoStrata skincare products: 

Neostrata Oily Skin Solution

Neostrata Gel Plus

Neostrata Lotion Plus

Nesotrata Foaming Glycolic Wash

Neostrata Bionic Face Lotion (if sensitive, this is great for after shaving)

Ingrown hair symptoms may resemble other skin care problems. One such problem is known as keratosis pilaris. This is a non-contagious skin condition that produces symptoms similar to ingrown hairs and it's commonly found on the upper arms, thighs, and occasionally on other body areas. Old shedding skin cells that get trapped in hair follicles cause this condition.