By Gary M. White, MD
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.
- Plucking, waxing or threading can predispose to ingrown hairs.
- Ingrown hairs are a common component of pseudofolliculitis barbae.
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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