Ingrown Hair (cont.)

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Can ingrown hairs be prevented?

The simplest way to prevent ingrown hairs is to allow hair to grow freely without cutting it. Shaving and waxing can cause or exacerbate ingrown hairs. The shaving techniques described above can be applied to prevent or decrease the occurrence of ingrown hairs. Topical hair-growth-inhibitor cream (Vaniqa), electrolysis, or hair-removal lasers can also effectively help decrease ingrown hairs.

REFERENCES:

Draelos, Zoe Diana. "Shaving for Success." Cosmetic Dermatology 22.11 Nov. 2009: 554-557.

Freedberg, Irwin M., et al. Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicine. 5th ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Professional, 1999.

Luelmo-Aguilar, Jesús, and Mireia Sàbat Santandreu. "Folliculitis: Recognition and Management." Am J Clin Dermatol 5.5 (2004): 301-310.


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