Ingrown hairs occur when the hair that has been shaved, waxed, or plucked begins to grow back into the skin, rather than growing out of the skin. In children, ingrown hairs are most common in areas where hair is shaved or waxed, such as the legs and underarms.

Ingrown hairs can be caused by a number of factors, including:

Curly hair: Children with curly hair are more susceptible to ingrown hairs because the curls can cause the hair to grow back into the skin, rather than out of the skin.

Shaving or waxing: Shaving or waxing can cause the hair to become sharp and pointed, making it more likely to penetrate the skin and grow back into the skin.

Dead skin cells: A build-up of dead skin cells can clog the hair follicles, causing the hair to become trapped and grow back into the skin.

Tight clothing: Wearing tight clothing can rub and irritate the skin, causing inflammation and irritation that can lead to ingrown hairs.

Treatment methods include:

Keeping the area clean: Clean the area with mild soap and water.
Exfoliating: Use gentle exfoliating scrubs or an exfoliating brush to remove dead skin cells and unclog hair follicles.
Avoiding hair removal methods: If possible, avoid shaving or waxing until the ingrown hair clears up.
Trying to shave/wax differently: If hair removal method is necessary use a fresh, clean razor or a different method like depilatory cream and also use an after-shave lotion with salicylic acid or glycolic acid.
If ingrown hairs continue to be a problem for your child, despite trying these methods, it’s best to consult with a dermatologist who can advise on other treatment options.

Prevention methods include:

Shaving in the direction of hair growth
Not shaving too close to the skin
Moisturizing the skin regularly
Not picking or squeezing ingrown hair
Avoiding tight clothing in the affected area
It’s important to note that it’s important not to cut or dig into an ingrown hair as this can introduce bacteria into the follicle which can cause an infection. Also you should never force tweezers under an ingrown hair, as this can cause further irritation and inflammation

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