How To Remove Ingrown Hairs With Tweezers

by Melissa King ; Updated July 18, 2017

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Your body hair normally grows up and out, but sometimes it goes back down and gets trapped beneath your skin. These ingrown hairs look like little bumps or pimples; although they're not dangerous, they can cause soreness or itching. If you've got a bothersome ingrown hair, you don't need to wait for it to heal on its own. Some doctors and dermatologists extract these hairs with tweezers, and you can do the same at home.

Wet a loofah sponge with warm water. Rub the ingrown hair with the loofah using small, circular motions. This exfoliates the skin, making it a bit easier to extract the hair.

Dampen a cloth with rubbing alcohol, then wipe a pair of sharp-pointed tweezers with the cloth. Apply alcohol to a clean cloth or cotton ball, then wipe the skin surrounding the ingrown hair. The rubbing alcohol sanitizes the tweezers and your skin.

Slide the tip of the tweezers underneath the ingrown hair as close to the follicle as possible. Pull up gently on the tweezers to extract the hair. Do not pull the hair out of the follicle yet.

Allow the follicle to heal for at least four days before plucking the hair out. If you pluck the hair immediately, a scab will form, and another hair might get trapped beneath it.

Pull your skin taut when ready to remove the hair. Grasp the hair as close to the root as possible with sterilized tweezers, then pull it up and out with one quick motion.

Smooth a dab of aloe gel or witch hazel over the skin to soothe any pain or discomfort.


  • To avoid getting ingrown hairs from shaving, soak your skin in warm water for several minutes beforehand. Use a sharp razor every time -- dull blades can cause irritation.

    If you have trouble seeing an ingrown hair, use a magnifying lamp for a better view.

    Topical teething-pain gel can ease the discomfort of plucking. Apply a dab to skin before tweezing hair.

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About the Author

Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.