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What should you know about an ingrown hair?

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Ingrown hairs are hairs that have curled around and grown back into your skin instead of rising up from it. Sometimes, dead skin can clog up a hair follicle. That forces the hair inside it to grow sideways under the skin, rather than upward and outward. Sometimes, cutting naturally curly hair too closely will result in the sharpened end of the hair piercing the skin, causing an ingrown hair. Ingrown hairs aren't serious. But they can be irritating and embarrassing.

From: Ingrown Hair WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Komaroff, A. L. , Simon & Schuster, 2004. Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide

Blume-Peytavi, U. , Springer, 2008. Hair Growth and Disorders

Chamlin, S. , Infobase Publishing, 2010. Living with Skin Conditions

Hall, B. J. , Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2010. Sauer's Manual of Skin Diseases

Merck Manuals: "Ingrown Beard Hairs."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on August 27, 2019

SOURCES:

Komaroff, A. L. , Simon & Schuster, 2004. Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide

Blume-Peytavi, U. , Springer, 2008. Hair Growth and Disorders

Chamlin, S. , Infobase Publishing, 2010. Living with Skin Conditions

Hall, B. J. , Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2010. Sauer's Manual of Skin Diseases

Merck Manuals: "Ingrown Beard Hairs."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on August 27, 2019

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