By Gary M. White, MD

Ingrown Hair An ingrown hair/whisker on the cheek.

An ingrown hair has lost its path to the surface. Its growth within the skin may be asymptomatic initially, but later causes inflammation, swelling and tenderness.


Any plucking should stop. The tip of the hair may be teased out, releasing the hair (see pseudofolliculitis barbae). Laser hair removal may be a permanent solution for problematic areas.


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