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Deep Ingrown Hair Cyst Removal & Treatment+ Pictures

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What is an ingrown hair cyst. Is it the same as a deep ingrown hair? Which develops to the other? Can an ingrown hair turn to a cyst? How can you get rid of deep ingrown hair cyst in your face, neck & armpit? Read on to find treatment options and more tips to get rid, prevent/stop/avoid deep ingrown cyst hair under  your skin.

Ingrown Hair Cyst

Deep Ingrown Hair Cyst-Defined

Picture of a Hair

What is a cyst? WebMD defines cysts as noncancerous, closed pockets of tissue that can be filled with fluid, pus, or other material. There are various types of cysts but the focus of this writing is on cysts that relate to ingrown hair. Ingrown hair cysts are small bumps that develop beneath the skin at the site of a hair follicle. They are referred to as hair follicle cysts. Clinically, they are termed as trichilemmal cyst.

Though, it is often confused with a pilonidal cyst (a cyst that develops at the tailbone), trichilemmal cysts are triggered when a hair follicle grows backward into the skin instead of breaking out. The hair follicle/ingrown cysts are also popularly known by the names pilar, wen or isthmus-catagen cyst.
Sometimes, ingrown hair cysts are often confused with sebaceous cysts simply because both of these do not cause any infection in the associated area. But, sebaceous cysts often appear as small lumps that appear confined under the trap of the skin or epithelial tissue.

How does an ingrown hair cyst develop?

As already mentioned ingrown hair cysts are usually hair follicle cysts that are developed when the follicle becomes twisted and continues to grow backward. Over time, the unrestricted growth of the hair develops into a mass under the skin, which thickens and consequently grows into a cyst or lesion. Often this type of cyst gets bacterial infection and becomes reddish. The situation becomes painful and removal of the hair is the only way out. Neglecting this over a period of time will develop pustule along with the cyst.
What does ingrown hair cyst feel and look like?

ingrown hair cyst Picture

Picture of an ingrown hair cyst

Ingrown hair cyst looks like raised bumps or small pimple, which forms into a painful, boil-like sore over time. They cause irritation and become itchy and the pus inside makes them even more uncomfortable.

Ingrown hair cyst on buttocks, breast & base of spine

Though ingrown hair cyst are mostly seen on the face, groin, armpit, bikini, inner thigh, under the chin, near the groin, on the penile shaft and mostly on the scalp, it does not mean that the cysts are not found any other places of the body. They can even form above buttocks or near anus, which is located right at the base of the spine. However , in this area the pilonidal cysts mostly occurs.

Deep Ingrown Hair

Deep ingrown hairs grow through the wall of hair follicle. These are sometimes referred to as embedded hair as they stay attached intensely to the epithelial layer of the skin.

What causes deep ingrown hair? How deep can it be?

Ingrown hair are formed from the curly hair that are twisted and grow back to your skin without any restriction. The situation worsens when the affected area gets infected with bacteria and which eventually blocks the pores. Sometimes dead skin also gets accumulated on the skin and clogs the pores, which further accentuates the growth of the hairs backward deep into the skin.

What does an ingrown hair look like on skin and after being popped out?

Ingrown hairs often form pus filled cyst like structures. Sometimes they look like razor bumps, which form 5-40 small red bumps around the region where the ingrown hairs have formed. Flesh-colored red bumps with a hair shaft in the central part of the shaved areas are seen adjacent to the hair follicle opening. In these area, pustules and abscesses can form especially from bacterial infection. Sometimes, chronic or improperly treated ingrown hairs cause inflammatory hyperpigmentation, scarring and keloid (a rarity) formation. This skin condition is mostly seen in darker skin or African skin with facial hair because of the curvature of these patients’ hair follicles.

The ingrown hair is spilled out along with the pus inside. Often it comes with blood.

Deep ingrown that won’t come out -How does it happen?

Embedded hairs or deep ingrown hairs are hairs that have grown through the hair follicle wall. Other than poor hair removal techniques, trying to force out hair that grown back may even make it go deeper. If left a lone, ingrown hairs heal by themselves. In case you have a really deep ingrown hair, do not scratch or pick it. Why? Bacteria can enter the small wound this creates thus increasing your risk of infection. You might also be left with a scar. When you treat an embedded hair, you must try to control the inflammation in the area while the hair grows out until it breaks through the skin.

Can a deep ingrown hair turn into a cyst?

Not all ingrown hairs develop into a cyst. There are few , which are known as hair follicle cysts and grow into the skin when the hair follicle curled back inwards. To determine if it’s a normal cyst or an ingrown hair turning into a follicle cyst, a clinical trial is essential

Deep Ingrown Hair Removal: Home Remedies- Face, Neck & Armpit

For the removal of the ingrown hair cyst or deep ingrown hair , both the surgical treatment and home remedies are beneficial. However, steroid creams and antibiotic pills are often used orally to treat the condition. But, if the problem is not too serious, you can get it done at your home. Here are the tips:

  1. Before you consider removing the hairs, disinfect the area or cleanse it thoroughly.
  2. Gentle exfoliation will help removing the dead skin
  3. If you are using tweezers or a pin, do prick the head, so that you can gain access of the curling hair surrounding the cyst.
  4. Once you are done, drain any fluid and swab it with a cotton ball.
  5. Now you can grab the curling hair with tweezers and apply force to extract it out of the skin.
  6. Finally disinfect the area with antiseptic and leave it open for some time to let it dry.

Ingrown Hair Cyst Removal & Treatment

To remove the cyst, you have to perform the following steps:

  • Use products containing salicylic acid or witch hazel, which with gradually reduce the redness and swelling triggered by the ingrown hair cyst. They exfoliate the skin and accordingly clear clogged pores.
  • With tweezers , gently scrap the skin surface and extract the ingrown hair. Avoid plucking it because it will further accentuate its growth causing much pain and discomfort.
  • Do shave in the direction of hair growth
  • Before shaving , it’s important to soften the hairs of the region and associated areas
  • Exfoliation is the ideal way to deal with this
  • Avoid using any product that has alcohol in it. These products dried up the skin while closing its pores.
  • When it grows uninhibitedly, the only way out is the permanent hair removal or electrolysis

Tips to prevent/stop/avoid Deep Ingrown Hair under Skin

Since the major cause of the uninhibited growth of ingrown hair is improper shaving, it’s better to avoid it. But, that’s not always possible, though following tips can help you prevent the ingrown hair cyst appearing beneath your skin.

  1. For shaving, always use a sharp, single-bladed razor
  2. To disinfect your skin, wash it with warm water and use a gel
  3. Always shave in the direction the hairs are growing
  4. Always try to use as less as possible razor strokes
  5. Do not forget to rinse the razor after every stroke to keep it clean
  6. Avoid close shaving. Instead, leave a bit of stubble because the small pores of freshly shaved skin are often infected with bacteria.

Ingrown hair cyst is a serious health hazard if not treated in time. However, you can prevent it by maintaining proper hygiene standards and adhering to the appropriate shaving techniques.

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