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Combat Ingrown Hair with Tips from the Dermatologist

Get ingrown hair treatment tips for men from the dermatologist. Men have strong face and body hair, ingrown hair. The strength of the hair make this a common problem for them. Ingrown hair causes inflammation and this can lead to cysts, scars, sores, and hyperpigmentation so it’s something to take very seriously.

Prevent ingrown hair with a dermatologist's tips and look your best.

Why Does Ingrown Hair Happen in Men?

When a hair gets trapped and can’t exit the skin’s surface, it becomes ingrown. This can happen when:

  • Curly hair coils up like a screwdriver, doesn’t grow straight out of the follicle and becomes trapped;
  • Hair tips become sharpened into points by shaving, and the hair shaft pierces the hair-follicle lining. When this happens, it enters the dermis (second living skin-layer), and this causes inflammation or a sore pustule; and
  • Dead skin covers the follicle opening, and growing hair can’t exit at the skin’s surface.

All of these conditions can lead to pimples and sores because when your hair enters the dermis, your skin treats it like a foreign invader and attacks it.

This results in tender skin that can develop puss and look like a sore or pimple. When it heals, it can leave a mark or permanent scar over time.

How to Prevent Ingrown Hairs

To avoid ingrown hairs, use specific products that will help your growing hair exit the follicles and successfully reach the skin’s surface.

Physically exfoliate your skin with a rough shower cloth or sponge.

You can use a cleanser with granules or beads to reduce the dead skin cells that can cover up the follicle openings so that your hairs can freely exit to the skin surface. Triple Action Exfoliating Skin Cleanser has beads along with keratolytics that help dissolve excess dead cells that trap hairs and lead to ingrown hair problems.

Use products with keratolytic ingredients.

Keratolytics loosen dead skin cells with chemistry. Good keratolytic ingredients include benzoyl peroxide (which also reduces bacteria that cause pimples), salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and retinoids (such as retinol). Many of these ingredients will help reduce scarring and hyperpigmentation from the ingrown hairs, too. My top keratolytic products to help men prevent ingrown hair include:

Triple Action Exfoliating Skin Cleanser 

best face cleanser for men to prevent ingrown hair

This is the best facial cleanser to prevent ingrown hairs. Wash with this salicylic acid and glycolic acid cleanser twice a day. It's ideal to help keep the pores open so hair can easily exit. It also brightens skin for a smooth and healthy appearance. 

best product to treat whiteheads from ingrown hair

If your ingrown hair problem looks like pustules and acne, apply Benzoyl Peroxide Cream twice daily on any ingrown hair whiteheads that form.

This helps control acne causing bacteria that can cause pimples and more inflammation where hairs are ingrown.  

best cream to prevent ingrown hair scarring

Retinol Night Cream helps fight scarring, pigment problems and keeps skin exfoliated. Apply it at night after washing your face.

Apply a pure zinc oxide SPF every day! This single most important product helps to prevent brown marks from ingrown hair.

best zinc oxide sunscreen for ingrown hair and men


Use only the best zinc oxide sunscreen because pigment problems from ingrown hair can be stubborn. Sunscreen reduces melanin pigment production that can permanently mark skin where ingrown hairs are healing. This is especially important when the problem is on your sun exposed skin of your face and neck.

I recommend my Sheer Strength Pure Physical Spray SPF 50+  Sunscreen. It is oil free, weightless, non-greasy and not shiny on your skin. It rubs well into hairy skin and is the ideal men's sunscreen. 

While ingrown hairs are common among men, you don’t need to suffer.

Take action to heal your ingrown hairs with the right products and avoid future occurrences and scarring.

The 4 products I've listed here will give you the right tools to fight ingrown hairs. Dr. Bailey