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What is an ingrown hair?

An ingrown hair happens when the sharp tip of the hair curls back or grows sideways into the skin. It is a benign condition, which usually appears as a small tan or sometimes pink bump under the skin. Often, a small pinpoint (often dark) part of the underlying hair may be seen under the skin bump. In more extensive cases, multiple small red or pink little bumps around hair follicles may be seen on any skin area that has been frequently shaved, such as the face, neck, armpits, legs, and pubic region.

Ingrown hair is a very common skin condition occurring primarily after puberty. Ingrown hairs tend to be more common in areas with coarse hairs, like the bikini area in women, and beard and neck in men. Individuals with thicker, coarser hairs, such as African Americans, tend to have the highest rate of problems with ingrown hairs, particularly of the beard area. Rarely, an ingrown hair may also appear in other skin parts, such as the eyelid. Generally, an ingrown hair is medically harmless, yet it may become cosmetically disfiguring and lead to scarring, skin discoloration (referred to as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation), skin infection, and rarely keloid scar formation.

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Comment from: My Problem, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: April 16

I first shaved back when I was 13, and I got an ingrown hair that never stopped bothering me in the pubic area. Seven years later, it's still there and it grew to the area around it. I've tried many treatments and none seem to work. I was able to take one huge hair out, but it was only once and with a knife, looked like my own hair (on the head, it had been in-growing for five years). I really want to get rid of this. There are more than three that have appeared on other parts of the pubic area and I can't find any solutions.

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