Ugh, ingrown hairs – those pesky little nuisances that have us all groaning in frustration. They're uncomfortable, painful, and downright annoying.

But hey, don't lose hope just yet! With the right know-how and some handy tips, you can bid adieu to ingrown hairs and say hello to smoother, happier skin. In this ultimate guide, we'll debunk some common myths, share Lane44's unique approach to prevention and treatment, and help you tackle those stubborn ingrown hairs head-on!

The Basics

What is an ingrown hair?

Ingrown hairs happen when hair decides to take a U-turn and grow back into your skin instead of up and out of the hair follicle. The result? Painful, inflamed bumps that sometimes lead to infections.

How do I get rid of my ingrown hairs?

To send those pesky hairs packing, start by gently exfoliating the area to remove dead skin cells and free the trapped hair. Apply a warm compress to soothe the skin and make the hair easier to release. Avoid picking or squeezing the bump (tempting, we know!) to prevent infection and scarring. Keep the area clean and consider using over-the-counter treatments containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide to speed up the healing process.

Can you pop an ingrown hair out?

Nope, not a good idea! Popping an ingrown hair out can cause more harm than good. Stick to using a warm compress and gentle exfoliation to help the hair work its way out. If it's really stubborn, consult a dermatologist for professional help.

How long does an ingrown hair last?

Ingrown hairs are like that unwanted guest who just won't leave. They usually stick around for a few days to a couple of weeks. If the ingrown hair becomes infected or shows no signs of improving, it's time to call in the pros (i.e., see a healthcare professional).

Will an ingrown hair eventually go away?

You bet! Most ingrown hairs will eventually take a hike on their own, typically within a couple of weeks. But if your ingrown hair sticks around like it's part of the family for longer than 3-4 weeks, or gets infected, it's time to consult a dermatologist.

Are ingrown hairs painful to touch?

Some ingrown hairs can be downright rude and cause pain when touched, especially if they're inflamed or infected. If you're experiencing pain, try applying a warm compress and take care of the area. If the pain persists or worsens, consult a healthcare professional.

What does an ingrown hair look like?

Picture a small, raised bump that's red and inflamed. That's your ingrown hair! Sometimes, you might even spot a tiny hair hanging out at the center, plotting its next move.

To differentiate it from a razor bump or acne, pay close attention to the appearance. Ingrown hairs usually have a hair visible at the center or just beneath the skin surface, while razor bumps are typically smaller, uniform in size, and spread evenly across the shaved area.

Acne, on the other hand, can have different appearances like whiteheads or blackheads and may not be limited to just the shaved areas.

Preventing & Treating Ingrown Hairs

Does shaving cause ingrown hairs?

Here's the deal: shaving itself doesn't necessarily cause ingrown hairs. The real culprits are often bad technique and low-quality razors. When you shave with a multi-blade razor or apply too much pressure, you might end up with hair that's cut too short or at an angle, causing it to curl back into the skin as it grows.

To avoid this, it's important to use a good-quality single-blade razor (like our Lane44 safety razor) and practice proper shaving techniques, such as using gentle strokes and prepping your skin with exfoliation and high-quality shaving cream. So, while shaving can contribute to ingrown hairs, it's more about how you shave than the act of shaving itself.

Is there anything I can do to prevent ingrown hairs?

Absolutely! Preventing ingrown hairs is a bit like throwing a no-fuss, no-muss party for your skin. Start by exfoliating regularly to remove dead skin cells and free up those pesky trapped hairs. Next, level up your shaving game with a single-blade razor (like our very own Lane44 safety razor). Single-blade razors help avoid ingrown hairs because they cut the hair cleanly without pulling or tugging, reducing the chances of hair curling back into the skin. Top it off by moisturizing the shaved area to keep your skin smooth and happy. Trust us, your skin will thank you!

What should I do before shaving to avoid ingrown hairs?

Great question! Before you start your shaving session, treat your skin to some pre-shave pampering. Begin with a gentle exfoliation to remove dead skin cells and free up any hairs hiding beneath the surface. Then, hop in the shower or bath to soften the hairs and make them easier to cut. Finally, apply a generous amount of high-quality shaving cream, like our Lane44 Skin Protecting Shaving Cream, to create a smooth glide for your razor. Your skin will be singing your praises!

How do you untrap an ingrown hair?

Untrapping an ingrown hair is like staging a mini rescue mission. Start by applying a warm compress to soften the skin and gently exfoliate the area to release the hair. Keep the area clean and whatever you do, don't pick or squeeze the bump! Patience is key. It might take a few days of consistent warm compresses and exfoliation before you see the hair begin to surface. If the ingrown hair persists after a week or worsens, consider consulting a dermatologist for professional advice.

How do you fix an ingrown pubic hair?

Fixing an ingrown pubic hair is all about TLC! Apply a warm compress, gently exfoliate the area, and keep it squeaky clean. Avoid wearing tight clothing that could further irritate the skin, and when shaving, opt for a single-blade razor like our Lane44 safety razor for a smoother, less irritating shave. Try to avoid shaving whilst the affected area is healing.

Ingrown Hair Cysts

What is an ingrown hair cyst?

An ingrown hair cyst is a bump that forms when an ingrown hair becomes trapped beneath the skin and develops into a cyst. Ingrown hairs occur when a hair grows back into the skin instead of up and out of the follicle. This can lead to irritation, inflammation, and sometimes infection. The body may then form a fluid-filled sac or cyst around the ingrown hair as a protective response. Ingrown hair cysts can be tender, red, and sometimes painful, and they often appear as raised bumps on the skin's surface. If you're concerned about an ingrown hair cyst or it becomes painful or infected, it's best to consult a healthcare professional for proper evaluation and treatment.

How do you tell if it's a cyst or an ingrown hair?

A cyst usually shows up as a larger, deeper, and potentially painful bump, while an ingrown hair is a smaller, raised bump with a visible hair at the center (if you're lucky). To be sure, it's best to consult a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis.

Why am I getting cysts on my pubic area?

Cysts in the pubic area could be caused by various factors, such as blocked hair follicles, sweat glands, or irritation from shaving. To prevent cysts, maintain good hygiene, avoid tight clothing, and consider switching to a single-blade razor like our Lane44 safety razor for a gentler shave. If you're already dealing with a cyst, it's important to keep the area clean and avoid squeezing or picking at it to prevent infection. Sometimes, cysts will resolve on their own, but if you're concerned about a cyst or it becomes painful, red, or shows signs of infection, it's best to contact a healthcare professional for proper evaluation and treatment. Remember, it's always better to err on the side of caution when it comes to your health.

What cream to put on an ingrown hair cyst?

For an ingrown hair cyst, you might want to try over-the-counter treatments containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide to help speed up the healing process. If you're unsure or the cyst is particularly stubborn, consult a healthcare professional for the best course of action.

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Infected Ingrown Hair

Can an ingrown hair cause a hard lump?

Yes, an ingrown hair can turn into a party crasher and cause a hard lump if it becomes infected or develops into a cyst. If you're concerned, reach out to a healthcare professional for some expert guidance.

Can you squeeze the puss out of an ingrown hair?

We know it's tough, but resist the urge to squeeze! Squeezing pus out of an ingrown hair can lead to infection, scarring, and even more ingrown hairs. Instead, apply a warm compress, exfoliate gently, and keep the area clean.

What does an infected ingrown hair look like?

An infected ingrown hair can look like a more intense version of a regular ingrown hair. It might appear as an angry red bump that's swollen, warm to the touch, and accompanied by a yellowish or whitish pus-filled center. The area around the infected ingrown hair can also become tender, itchy, or painful, and you might even notice some red streaks extending from the bump, which could indicate the spread of the infection.

In some cases, an infected ingrown hair may develop into a larger, more painful abscess. If you suspect your ingrown hair is infected, don't try to squeeze or pop it, as this can make the infection worse. Instead, consult a healthcare professional who can provide proper advice and treatment to help your skin heal and prevent further complications.

Can you get sepsis from an ingrow hair?

It's quite rare, but sepsis can develop from an infected ingrown hair, especially if it gets infected with Staphylococcus aureus. This bacterium is naturally present on the skin and can cause serious problems like sepsis if it enters the bloodstream. Ingrown hairs are hairs that have grown back into the skin, and if the site of the ingrown hair becomes infected with Staphylococcus aureus, it can lead to itchy bumps, pain, flushed skin, and pus. If left untreated, the infection can spread and potentially cause sepsis. While it's not common, it's essential to keep an eye on any infected ingrown hairs and seek medical attention if necessary to avoid complications.

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Can you leave an infected ingrown hair alone?

Leaving an infected ingrown hair alone isn't the best idea. Instead, keep the area clean, apply a warm compress, and gently exfoliate. If the infection doesn't improve or worsens, seek medical advice.

Tools for a great shave

A Safety Razor

When it comes to preventing ingrown hairs, our single-blade safety razor is a game-changer. Unlike multi-blade razors, which can irritate and inflame your skin, our safety razor glides smoothly over your skin, minimizing the chances of pesky ingrown hairs.

By cutting the hair at the skin's surface without tugging or pulling, our single-blade razor reduces the risk of irritation, ingrown hairs, and razor bumps. Say goodbye to those annoying red bumps and hello to a smooth, comfortable shave!

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Natural Shaving Cream

Ditch those supermarket shaving foams and gels loaded with harsh chemicals that can leave your skin irritated and dry.

Dry skin can actually contribute to ingrown hairs, as it creates a barrier that makes it harder for hairs to grow in the right direction. Our natural shaving cream is crafted with quality ingredients like avocado oil, vitamin E, apricot kernel oil, and calendula oil. These ingredients work together to provide a smooth, comfortable shave while moisturizing and protecting your skin.

With anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, our shaving cream ensures a gentle shave that helps to keep ingrown hairs at bay while nurturing your skin and promoting proper hair growth.

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Exfoliating plays a crucial role in preventing ingrown hairs. By gently sloughing away dead skin cells, exfoliation helps to keep the skin's surface smooth and clear, allowing hair to grow out freely instead of getting trapped under the skin. This process also helps to unclog pores and remove excess oil, dirt, and debris, reducing the risk of inflammation and infection that can contribute to ingrown hairs.

Our exfoliator is expertly formulated to provide the perfect balance of gentle yet effective exfoliation. Unlike some harsher exfoliators that can strip your skin of moisture and cause irritation, our formula is designed to be gentle, nourishing, and hydrating, leaving your skin feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Regular use of our exfoliator before shaving ensures your skin stays soft, smooth, and healthy, allowing for a more comfortable shave and reducing the likelihood of ingrown hairs.

By incorporating our exfoliator into your pre-shave routine, you'll not only enjoy the benefits of smoother, healthier skin, but you'll also create an ideal environment for hair to grow in the right direction, keeping those pesky ingrown hairs at bay!

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Post-Shave Moisturiser

After shaving, it's essential to moisturize your skin to maintain hydration and promote healthy hair growth. Our post-shave moisturizer is packed with powerful ingredients like coenzyme Q10 and hyaluronic acid that work together to hydrate and protect your skin. Keeping skin moisturized and exfoliated encourages hair to grow in the right direction and nurtures the follicles, helping to treat and prevent ingrown hairs or 'razor bumps', according to certified dermatologists.

Coenzyme Q10, a potent antioxidant, helps shield your skin from free radicals and environmental stressors while promoting collagen production. Hyaluronic acid, a natural skin hydrator, locks in moisture, keeping your skin plump and supple. These two powerhouse ingredients replenish your skin's moisture levels and protect it from damage, reducing the risk of irritation and shaving rash, while keeping ingrown hairs at bay!

Ingrown Hair Treatments


Retinol, a derivative of vitamin A, is a popular ingredient in many skincare products, especially those aimed at reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. When it comes to ingrown hairs, retinol can help by promoting the skin's natural exfoliation process, allowing the trapped hair to emerge more easily. Topical creams with retinol can be beneficial in preventing and treating ingrown hairs, but it's essential to follow the product's instructions carefully to avoid skin irritation. Remember that retinol can increase your skin's sensitivity to sunlight, so always wear sunscreen when using retinol-based products.

Chemical Exfoliants

Chemical exfoliants, such as salicylic acid, alpha hydroxy acid, glycolic acid, and lactic acid, work by breaking down the bonds between skin cells. This process allows the ingrown hair to penetrate the skin more easily and helps to prevent future ingrown hairs by promoting healthy skin turnover. When using chemical exfoliants, start with a lower concentration and gradually increase it as your skin becomes more accustomed to the product. Be sure to follow the product's instructions and moisturize your skin regularly to counteract any potential dryness or irritation.


Over-the-counter hydrocortisone 1% cream can be an effective treatment for ingrown hairs by reducing inflammation and itching. Apply the cream twice a day to the affected areas immediately after shaving to prevent ingrown hairs from forming. Hydrocortisone cream should be used sparingly and only for a short period, as prolonged use can lead to thinning of the skin and other side effects. Always follow the product's instructions and consult your healthcare provider if your symptoms persist or worsen.


Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic that can help prevent infections associated with ingrown hairs. Applying tea tree oil daily to the affected area can keep bacteria at bay and reduce the risk of infection. However, it's essential to perform a patch test before using tea tree oil, as it can cause irritation in those with sensitive skin. To perform a patch test, apply a small amount of diluted tea tree oil to a discreet area of your skin and wait for 24 hours to see if any irritation occurs. If no irritation occurs, you can proceed with applying tea tree oil to the ingrown hair site. Remember to dilute the tea tree oil with a carrier oil, such as coconut or almond oil, before applying it to your skin.