An ingrown hair cyst refers to an ingrown hair that turns into a cyst — a large bump that extends between the skin’s surface and deep underneath it. Ingrown hair cysts can be quite painful if not identified properly and provided appropriate treatment. Usually, ingrown hair occurs to people who do shaving, waxing or any other conventional hair removal techniques. An infected ingrown hair can cause a lot of problems which can turn from a minor infection to major. Therefore, one must know to identify ingrown hair properly.
Many African-Americans, Latinos, and people with thick or curly hair develop a type of ingrown hair cyst called pseudofolliculitis. More commonly known as “razor bumps,” this collection of little bumps is common on the beard area after you’ve shaved, waxed, or tweezed to remove unwanted hair. The hair that grows back has a sharper edge, so it can more easily poke back through the skin and get trapped under the surface.
Ingrown hair cysts can become extremely dangerous if left untreated. Infection can spread and create permanent scarring. It’s best to stop by your local dermatology clinic and get treatment right away. The procedure is very quick and will keep your skin looking it’s best. Your dermatologist will use a sterile instrument to cut a very small incision that releases the hair as well as prescribe the following medications to reduce swelling and infection:
The prevention of ingrown hairs that could lead to dangerous cysts includes creating a daily routine that has a strong skincare regimen. Proper shaving technique and proper tools can also significantly reduce the occurrence of the cysts. Some razor companies may advertise multiple-blade “close shaving” razors that will actually increase the occurrence of ingrown hair cysts. Single-bladed razors are actually a much better option and leaving a small amount of stubble will significantly help your hair from slipping back into the skin.
For more information be sure to contact Dr. Vitaly Blatnoy for an appointment at the Orlando Dermatology Center.