Ingrown hairs aren’t a serious medical problem, but they can be seriously annoying and embarrassing. They occur when a hair curls around and grows inside your skin instead of emerging up and outward. Ingrown hairs are most common in frequently shaved areas since razors leave the hair with a sharp edge that can easily grow into the skin. Waxing and snug-fitting clothing can also cause them.
People with coarse or curly hair are more likely to suffer from ingrown hairs due to their hair’s tendency to curl. Ingrown hairs can cause small, irritating “razor” bumps, and if you’re not careful, they can cause infections. They’re a serious nuisance, but there are some things you can do to make sure you never suffer from an annoying ingrown hair ever again.