How To Get Rid Of Ingrown Hair On Legs & Body

How do you get rid of those pesky ingrown hairs? This is how!

How To Get Rid Of Ingrown Hair At Home

Here we shall describe how to get rid of ingrown hair without the use of any products, and using simple tools. In case you were searching for the best ingrown hair products, check out this post on the best ingrown hair removal tool and cream.

So let’s get into the nitty-gritty of getting rid of ingrown hair at home.

How To Get Rid Of Ingrown Hair

The following methods will tell you how to get rid of ingrown hair on legs and your body, right from preparing the area for removal, as well as how to remove the ingrown hair with a needle.

1) Apply a warm, moist compress to the area-

How To Get Rid Of Ingrown Hair At Home
Use a “rice sock” warm compress to bring out the ingrown hair.

It is extremely important to apply a warm compress to the bump after you get rid of ingrown hair. Wet a cloth with hot water and wring it out properly. Press the moist cloth against the ingrown hair bump. Once the cloth cools down, wash it under hot water again and repeat the process for a few times.

Applying a warm compress will help soften and bring out the ingrown hair from the bump. If there is no sign of an ingrown hair, you might want to get this bump checked by a doctor. In most cases it might just be an allergic reaction, but please show it to your doctor in case it’s something more serious.

2) Using a needle for ingrown hair removal-

The easiest way to get rid of ingrown hair is using a sterilized needle. You can sterilize the needle by introducing it to a gas-fuelled fire, or by steaming or microwaving. You may also soak it in rubbing alcohol. Always sterilize the needle before you use it. Try to raise the ingrown with a sterilized needle without squeezing or popping the bump. You can also opt for special steel tweezers specifically made for removing ingrown hairs.

Get a pair of medical gloves if possible to avoid contaminating the needle. If the ingrown hair is placed deep in your skin, consult your dermatologist for ingrown hair removal.

3) Apply some acne medication on the bump-

Use a medication with salicylic acid (BHA) or glycolic acid (AHA) on the ingrown hair daily. Pair it up with daily exfoliation and will often be enough to remove the ingrown hair.

It would be good to remember that exfoliants like AHAs will make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so always wear a protective sunscreen when going out in the sun.

4) Exfoliate the area –

Exfoliating the area around the ingrown bump should help bring it out. Hitting the bump from different directions should do the trick. If you still cannot remove the ingrown hair, follow it up with the other methods on this post. Exoliating will atleast make it easier to get rid of that ingrown hair.

I would suggest getting your hands on some exfoliating gloves since these will give you a much easier and better exfoliating experience.

5) Wash the area around the ingrown hair-

Use water and moisturizing soap to wash the area around the ingrown hair bump. Also apply an antiseptic like Dettol to prevent infection on that site.


  1. I used to remove hair bumps by squeezing with my fingers. And then the other day, more bumps would occur around it. Now I will use a sterilized needle and medical gloves to get rid of ingrown hairs and post the results.

  2. I wasn’t able to decide between epilator vs waxing since both caused ingrown hair bumps on my skin. Now I will try to exfoliate before I epilate.

  3. I never could understand how to get rid of ingrown hairs on face and legs. I will start exfoliating before hair removal from now on.

  4. Not a single day was spent without me tugging at those ingrown hairs on my legs. I have always used woman’s razors for shaving my legs, and the ingrown hairs were horrible. Now I use epilators, with exfoliation prior to a session, and this is in fact the best way to prevent ingrown hairs.


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