Cape Town Based Laser Clinic

Ingrown Hairs

Is it a pimple?

Is it a hive?

A strange bump on your skin could be an ingrown hair.  The can appear anywhere on the body, that has hair.

What is an ingrown hair? 

Ingrown hairs are hairs that have usually grown out of the skin, curled downwards and re-entered the skin.  An ingrown hair can also curl back into the hair follicle without actually exiting the skin. An

Why do we get ingrown hairs?

An ingrown hair most often occurs when the hair follicle becomes clogged with dead skin cells, preventing the hair from protruding outside the skin.

How does an ingrown hair appear?

They can vary in size.  They are more common among people who have coarse or curly hair and may or may not be accompanied by an infection.  This infection often makes an ingrown hair look like a pimple.