5 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Ingrown Hairs

· June 22, 2017
To get rid of ingrown hairs, there are different solutions you can use to remove them while lowering your risk of infection and inflammation in the area.

Ingrown hairs are one of the most common and bothersome beauty problems.

They usually happen on your legs, underarms, and other areas where people shave or use other hair removal methods.

It’s common with people who have curly or coarse hair, although most people will come across this problem at least once.

What happens is that hairs grow below the skin, and has trouble breaking through the surface of your skin.

It almost always happens after shaving, because the razor cuts the upper part of the follicle and it gets partially blocked with dead skin cells.

It also happens when the hair curls and grows the wrong way, staying below the skin or in the follicle.

Whatever the case, it is an uncomfortable situation, not just because it affects your appearance but also because the bumps can be rather painful.

Fortunately, there are several home remedies to fix the problem with natural ingredients to relieve inflammation and help extract the hairs.

Below, we’ll share 5 of the best remedies for you to use the next time this happens.

1. Chamomile tea

Chamomile is a plant with anti-inflammatory and soothing properties that can be very useful in treating ingrown hairs.

Applying it directly to the skin helps shrink the bumps that form on the surface while helping open your pores so the hair can break the surface.

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  • 2 tablespoons of chamomile flowers (20 g)
  • 1/2 cup of water (125 ml)

What do I do?

  • Add the two tablespoons of chamomile to the boiling water and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Once it cools to a bearable temperature, moisten a clean cloth and apply to the affected area.
  • Repeat two or three times a day until the problem is relieved.

2. Honey

Honey is a natural antibiotic. When applied topically, it helps lower inflammation and the risk of infection.

Using it several times a day will speed up healing and also moisturize your skin.


  • 2 tablespoons of honey (50 g)
  • 6 drops of lemon juice

What do I do?

  • Mix the honey with the lemon juice and then gently massage it into the affected area.
  • Let dry for 10 minutes, then rinse.
  • Apply two or three times a day for as long as necessary.

3. Aspirin

Aspirin can be used to lessen the reddening and inflammation caused by ingrown hairs.

Its anti-inflammatory powers shrink the bumps while protecting your skin from infection.

In addition, because of its high salicylic acid content, it works to remove dead skin cells blocking the follicle.


  • 2 aspirin tablets
  • 1 tablespoon of hot water (10 ml)
  • 1 teaspoon of honey (7.5 g)

What do I do?

  • Grind the aspirin and moisten the powder with the hot water and teaspoon of honey.
  • Once a paste forms, smooth with gentle massaging motions into the affected area.
  • Let sit for 10 minutes and then rinse.
  • Repeat every day as necessary.

4. Salt

Table salt is an excellent exfoliating agent that helps remove dead skin cells and unblock your pores.

Massaging it into your skin helps improve the circulation in the affected area, helping with its healing and reducing the inflammation.


  • 1 tablespoon of coarse salt (12 g)
  • 1 teaspoon of rosewater (5 ml)

What do I do?

  • Moisten the coarse salt with the rosewater and smooth onto the irritated skin.
  • Let sit for a few minutes then rinse.
  • Use twice a day.

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5. Cucumber

The hydrating and anti-inflammatory properties of cucumber make it a great way to deal with ingrown hairs.

It contains vitamin C, water, and antioxidants that reduce irritation and remove dead skin cells.


  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/4 cup of milk (62 ml)

What do I do?

  • Blend the cucumber with the quarter cup of milk. Once well mixed, refrigerate for two hours.
  • Once chilled, apply the mixture to the ingrown hairs and let sit for 20 minutes.
  • Rinse and repeat twice a day.

Try to stick to one remedy and apply it several times or until you see improvement. If the ingrown hair remains, see a doctor to avoid complications.


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