How to relieve Ingrown hair with natural remedies

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Do you pluck, shave, or wax your hair? At one point, you must have had, or you currently have ingrown hairs. Ingrown hair, or pseudofolliculitis, occurs when the hair, instead of growing upwards from the follicle, veers off course and curls back into the skin. This results in raised, sometimes painful bumps that may have pus, inflammation, and redness. Ingrown hairs are common among people with curly hair, but almost anyone can develop them.

Although generally harmless, ingrown hairs can be uncomfortable. They can have different effects for affected individuals, such as skin irritation, infection, or discomfort in mild cases or even scarring in more severe instances. Additionally, they may cause a bigger problem if they are infected and left untreated.

Ingrown Hair Symptoms

Ingrown hair on a toe

Ingrown hairs can present a variety of symptoms. These manifestations, ranging from minor skin disturbances to significant discomfort, highlight the importance of understanding and promptly addressing the issue.

  • Small reddish or pinkish bumps that form on the skin’s surface that can be mistaken as acne.
  • The inflamed bump may be itchy or painful to touch, because of the skin’s reaction to the foreign hair being mistaken as a foreign body.
  • In more severe cases, the inflamed bump can turn into a pus-filled blister, indicating an infection.
  • Long-term or repeatedly ignored ingrown hairs can result in hyperpigmentation, leaving dark patches on areas where there was inflammation.

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Addressing Ingrown Hair Symptoms

Waxing equipment and melted wax

Most cases of ingrown hairs get better without treatment, however, more severe cases like those mentioned may need professional advice. If the ingrown hair lesion is infected, your doctor might prescribe an antibiotic (ointment or pill), a steroid (cream or pill), or prescription acne medications.

Relieve Ingrown Hair with Essential Oils

While traditional treatments are effective, natural remedies like essential oils can also help. They are concentrated substances extracted from plants, each boasting scientifically proven potential therapeutic properties. Certain essential oils may be able to alleviate the symptoms brought about by ingrown hair.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree essential oil and tea tree

Renowned for its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, tea tree oil helps fight bacteria and fungi and soothe the inflamed skin around the ingrown hair. Using it can potentially reduce irritation and the possibility of infection.

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender and a vial of Lavender Essential Oil

This essential oil is known for its anti-inflammatory and calming properties. When applied to the skin, lavender oil can help reduce redness, itchiness, and discomfort associated with ingrown hairs.

Chamomile Essential Oil

Chamomile extract in small bottles with chamomile

Like lavender, chamomile can be beneficial as a calming agent. It has anti-inflammatory and bactericidal properties, which can assist in reducing inflammation and the risk of infection.

Lemongrass Essential Oil

Lemongrass Essential Oil in Natural Background

Lemongrass is also known for its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, which can help ease swelling and prevent infections. Moreover, lemongrass has astringent properties, which means that it can make the pores less likely to clog, reducing the possibility for the hair to grow inward.

Frankincense Essential Oil

Vial of frankincense essential oil with frankincense resin

A powerful anti-inflammatory, frankincense essential oil has potent pain relief properties that may be helpful in alleviating the pain of ingrown hair. Moreover, this essential oil also possesses properties against bacteria and fungi, making it a great agent to fight off bacteria and fungi that might infect the ingrown hair.

Myrrh Essential Oil

Bottle of Myrrh Essential Oil with Myrrh Resin

This essential oil has strong anti-inflammatory properties, making it an excellent choice for potentially alleviating the swelling, redness, itch, and pain of ingrown hairs. It also is a great agent against bacteria and fungi that infect the skin.

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A Focus on CANhaveTODAY’s All-Natural Products

CANhaveTODAY offers a range of products that harness the power of these essential oils, providing scientifically-based properties that may potentially offer relief to the symptoms of ingrown hairs. A quick note: These products contain Sodium borate. The government of Canada does not recommend the use of products containing Sodium borate on open wounds, cuts, or abrasions.

CANhaveTODAY Salves

All CANhaveTODAY salves contain tea tree oil, lavender essential oil, and chamomile oil. Waters Mist, Soothing Juggernaut, and Healing Legends offer these essential oils’ powers against inflammation, bacteria, and fungi, all of which can potentially help prevent infection, reduce inflammation, and promote healing.

Waters Mist

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The Waters Mist formula is infused with lemongrass essential oil, tea tree oil, and cinnamon oil. This combination of essential oils has the potential to aid in cleansing the skin while getting rid of bacteria and fungi that might infect the hair pores. Moreover, these essential oils have moisturizing properties that may reduce the risk of ingrown hair formation and relieve ingrown hair symptoms.

Soothing Juggernaut

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Soothing Juggernaut combines the potent power of frankincense essential oil, arnica essential oil, and cypress essential oil.  This powerful blend works to help alleviate inflammation and support skin healing while providing additional relief for muscle and joint pain.

Healing Legends

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Healing Legends contains frankincense oil, myrrh oil, and bergamot oil. This combination may help promote faster healing, prevent infection, and help maintain overall skin health, making it a great formula for relieving ingrown hairs.

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CANhaveTODAY’s Moisturizer

Sparkling Rain

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In addition to the previously mentioned CANhaveTODAY products, Sparkling Rain is a moisturizer that contains a unique blend of grapefruit essential oil, chaga mushroom extract, shea butter, avocado oil, sunflower oil, mango seed oil, grapeseed oil, and aloe vera extract. Its main ingredients are grapefruit essential oil and chaga mushroom extract, and these essential oils are known for their potent activities that may help combat infections, skin aging, skin damage, and inflammation.

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Relieving ingrown hair with CANhaveTODAY’s natural remedies

Essential oils present powerful properties for combatting ingrown hairs. CANhaveTODAY’s diverse products boast the potential benefits of essential oils, providing cutting-edge solutions for holistic skin care. Incorporating our innovative formulas into your daily routine can help relieve ingrown hairs and maintain a healthy skin.


What are ingrown hairs?

Ingrown hairs are hairs that have curled back on themselves and grown back into the skin. They can cause inflammation, redness, and pain, and sometimes lead to infections or scarring.

What causes ingrown hairs?

Ingrown hairs are mainly caused by improper hair removal techniques that lead to hair breakage, causing hair to curl back into the skin. Other factors include having thick or curly hair, certain skin conditions, and wearing tight clothing that can cause friction and push hair back into the skin.

How can essential oils help with ingrown hairs?

Certain essential oils have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that can help reduce the inflammation and potential infection caused by ingrown hairs. Essential oils can also help keep the skin moisturized, preventing dryness, which could contribute to the occurrence of ingrown hairs.

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