Although dermatologists don’t consider most ingrown hairs to be harmful, they can lead to cosmetic complications, such as scarring or discoloration. Ingrown hairs that do not resolve on their own may require treatment by a dermatologist.
When should I see a dermatologist for an ingrown hair?
If you get ingrown hairs frequently, or the hair is still trapped under the skin (or you don’t have a sterile needle), see your dermatologist.
When should you get an ingrown hair checked out?
When to see your doctor
Mild ingrown hair infections often clear up on their own without treatment. However, you should see your doctor if the infection worsens or doesn’t improve within a few days. Your doctor can identify an infected ingrown hair through a physical examination of the skin.
What do dermatologists prescribe for ingrown hairs?
Your doctor may prescribe certain medications to help manage your condition. They include: Drugs that help remove dead skin cells. Retinoids applied to your skin, such as tretinoin (Renova, Retin-A, others), help with clearing dead cells from your skin (exfoliation).
Will a dermatologist remove an ingrown hair?
Ingrown hairs that do not resolve on their own may require treatment by a dermatologist. This includes depilatories for hair removal, topical antibiotics, topical creams, laser therapy and/or medical removal of the ingrown hair.
Do Dermatologists treat ingrown pubic hair?
It’s important to visit your family doctor or dermatologist to have the ingrown hair removed. Your doctor can release the hair from under the skin with a needle. Some aestheticians, or beauty experts trained in services including facials and waxing, can also release ingrown hairs.
What will a doctor do for an ingrown hair?
If an ingrown hair is bothering you or has become infected, your doctor can make a small cut in your skin with a sterile needle or scalpel to release it. Your doctor may also prescribe medicine such as: Steroid medicine that you rub on your skin to bring down the swelling and irritation.
How do you treat a deep ingrown hair?
Apply warm compresses to the cyst for 10–15 minutes several times a day. These might bring the cyst closer to the surface, allowing it to drain. If the hair is trapped under the skin, warm compresses may help it grow out. Apply an antiseptic solution, such as tea tree oil, to the cyst to prevent infection.
Why won’t my ingrown hair go away?
If the bumps or cysts become extremely bothersome — or if they aren’t fading — see a healthcare professional or dermatologist. They can drain the cyst and remove the ingrown hair. You can book an appointment with a dermatologist in your area using our Healthline FindCare tool.