Men's Products for Ingrown Hairs

Ingrown hair is a common problem for men. Men’s face and body hair is strong. When that strong hair becomes ingrown, the problem can lead to cysts, sores, scars and hyperpigmentation.

Use products that help to prevent ingrown hair and lower your risk of permanent scarring and hyperpigmentation.

Hair grows from the bottom of a hair follicle. Each follicle is lined by skin cells that usually help a hair grow up the follicle to exit at the skin surface. Ingrown hairs get trapped along the way.

Why does a man's hair become ingrown?

  • Curly hairs can act like corkscrews. Instead of growing straight up and out of a follicle, they can coil up and become trapped.
  • The tip of hair becomes sharpened by shaving. This can cause a shaft of hair to pierce the hair follicle lining. When it does this, it enters the layer of skin called the dermis. A shaft of hair in the dermis causes inflammation, which you experience as a sore or pustule.
  • Dead skin can cover over the opening of the hair follicle, trapping a growing hair and preventing it from exiting to the skin surface.

Why do pimples and sores form from ingrown hair?

Your skin considers hair a foreign material if it exits the hair follicle and penetrates the dermis. Your body attacks the hair just like it would a splinter. The result is a tender area with pus that looks like a sore or pimple.

Why do ingrown hairs scar and cause brown marks?

The sore or pimple from an ingrown hair will leave a mark when it heals. If you have dark skin, or if you are in the sun and your skin produces melanin (a tan), that melanin can drop into the deeper skin layer (the dermis) where it can stay for a long time. It can even stay permanently. In addition, the healing process can result in a scar, just like a pimple can leave a scar.

How can a man prevent problems with ingrown hair?

  • Help your strong growing hairs exit hair follicles and reach the skin surface. Do this by using exfoliating products that reduce dead skin cells that can cover over your hair follicle openings. These include powerful keratolytic ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide (which also reduces bacteria that cause pimples), salicylic acid, glycolic acid and retinoids (such as retinol).
  • Use ingredients that help reduce scarring and hyperpigmentation from healed ingrown hairs. These include some of the ingredients above, including glycolic acid and retinoids.
  • Stop UV light from causing more melanin production that can lead to hyperpigmentation of healing ingrown hairs. Do this by wearing a broad spectrum mineral zinc oxide sunscreen every day to prevent hyperpigmentation of ingrown hairs, especially if the problem is on your face and neck.

What are the most popular products for men with ingrown hair?

Facial and neck cleansers that multitask by cleansing skin and leaving behind active keratolytic ingredients to keep your hair follicles open. They work even better with an exfoliating sponge or shower cloth. The best cleansers to help fight ingrown hair on men’s skin include:

  1. Foaming Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cleanser
  2. Acne Treatment Cleanser
  3. Glycolic Acid Face and Body Wash
  4. Triple Action Exfoliation Scrub (the best multitasking cleanser overall for ingrown hairs)

The most popular products to augment the strength of your fight against ingrown hairs and scars include

  1. Retinol Night Cream (applied at night)
  2. Glycolic Acid Face Cream (used at night or during the day – but not right after shaving because it stings)
  3. Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cream (especially good if you also have acne)

The most popular sunscreens for men struggling with ingrown hairs, scars and pigment problems include:

  1. Sheer Strength Pure Physical Mineral Spray Sunscreen
  2. Sheer Strength Pure Physical Invisible Sunscreen

Additional dermatologist's tips for men with ingrown hair as a skin problem:

  • If you have ingrown hairs in the folds of your groin (inguinal fold), use an exfoliating shower cloth such as the Salux Exfoliating Shower Cloth with your normal shower gel. A good option is my Invigorating Shower Gel.
  • If your hair is really curly, don’t shave or cut it close to the skin surface because it may coil back into the hair follicle where the sharp, freshly cut end of the hair can pierce the hair follicle lining.
  • Keep your face and neck skin free of excess dead skin and clogged pore debris by using my Bamboo and Clay Exfoliating Scrub twice a week.
  • Know that using glycolic acid and retinol along with a sunscreen will also fight the signs of skin aging, keeping your skin looking young, vital and attractive for years to come.

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    Facial Glycolic Acid Kit for All Complexion Types

    Professional glycolic acid skin care products are among the best, non-prescription anti-wrinkle face creams that also fight sun spots. Glycolic acid rejuvenates and reverses so many of the signs of skin aging including: dull skin, fine lines and wrinkles, crepey skin, sun spots, and crusty age spots.

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  2. Dr. Bailey's Men's Face Care Kit

    Men's Face Care Kit

    My Complete Skin Care Kit for Men fights facial redness and premature skin aging all at the same time. 

    $159.30
  3. Dr. Bailey's Ultra-Fast Body Smoothing Triple Action Skin Care Kit

    Ultra-Fast Body Smoothing Triple Action Skin Care Kit

    Complete professional-strength treatment for fast results! This combination skin treatment is proven to improve body skin problems including keratosis pilaris (chicken skin), seborrheic keratosis (age barnacles), and solar lentigines (liver spots).

    $81.90
  4. Dr. Bailey's Ultra-Fast Body Smoothing AHA Skin Care Kit

    Ultra-Fast Body Smoothing AHA Skin Care Kit

    Complete professional-strength treatment for fast results! This combination skin treatment is proven to improve body skin problems including keratosis pilaris (chicken skin), seborrheic keratosis (age barnacles), and solar lentigines (liver spots).

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  5. Dr. Bailey's Bamboo and Clay Thermal Exfoliating Facial Scrub

    Bamboo and Clay Thermal Exfoliating Facial Scrub™

    Get smoother, softer cleaner looking skin with a more luminous appearance with this magic combination of physical exfoliation and thermal clay deep pore cleansing.

    Regular Price: $55.00

    Special Price $49.50

  6. Exfoliating Facial Sponge 2 Pack

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    Gently exfoliates dead skin cells leaving your skin smooth and radiant.
    $3.00
  7. Salux Wash Cloth

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    Have smooth skin instantly! This long exfoliating wash cloth is now my favorite way to physically exfoliate skin on the body.

    $6.00
  8. Dr. Bailey's Triple-Action Exfoliating Cleanser

    Triple-Action Exfoliating Cleanser

    Eco-friendly beads combine with AHA and BHA to instantly brighten your complexion. Loosen dull dead cells and uneven pigmentation. Renew skin luster to a more youthful glow and instantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

    Regular Price: $46.00

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  9. Dr. Bailey's Glycolic Acid 15% Body Lotion

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    No active ingredient beats glycolic acid for fast results when it comes to smoothing skin texture, creating a youthful and dewy skin luster, and lightening age spots.

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  10. Dr. Bailey's Glycolic Acid Face and Body Wash

    Glycolic Acid Face and Body Wash

    This rich soap-free cleanser brightens your complexion and leaves your skin silky smooth and ready for your treating and correcting products. Ideal for all skin types including oily skin because it gently but thoroughly removes product, oil, dirt and debris from the skin surface.

    $34.00
  11. Glycolic Acid Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream

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    $31.00
  12. Dr. Bailey's Retinol Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream™

    Retinol Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream™

    Retinol is one of the best non-prescription skin care ingredients you can use to reverse the signs of skin aging. Every serious anti-aging skin care routine should include a retinoid product to improve your skin complexion quickly.

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  13. Dr. Bailey's Retinol Ultra-Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream™

    Retinol Ultra-Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream™

    Ultra-high concentration retinol is one of the best non-prescription skin care ingredients to fight skin aging. A serious anti-aging skin care routine should include a retinoid product, and all-trans- retinol is the best non-prescription retinoid for the job.

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  14. Dr. Bailey's Ultimate Pigment and Sun Damage Repair Kit

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  15. Ultimate Acne Solutions Skin Care Kit™

    Ultimate Acne Solutions Skin Care Kit™

    Most regular acne products are irritating to sensitive skin, but this acne treatment kit delivers the best acne medications at levels that are appropriate for sensitive skin.

    $54.45
  16. Dr. Bailey's Ultimate Acne Solutions Skin Care Kit, Extra Strength™

    Ultimate Acne Solutions Skin Care Kit, Extra Strength™

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    $65.25
  17. Foaming Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cleanser™

    Foaming Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cleanser™

    Benzoyl peroxide kills the acne-causing bacteria p. acnes. It also unclogs pores to treat blackheads, making it an excellent acne treatment for facial acne, back acne, and other areas of skin with body acne.

    $21.00
  18. Dr. Bailey's Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser™

    Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser™

    Our Dr. Bailey Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser, formulated for sensitive skin types. This 2% Glycolic Acid/2% Salicylic Acid foaming cleanser is strong enough to remove oil and debris from clogged pores while remaining gentle enough for most sensitive skin.

    $23.00
  19. Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser, Extra Strength™

    Foaming Acne Treatment Cleanser, Extra Strength™

    This extremely strong 10% Glycolic Acid/2% Salicylic Acid foaming cleanser is the strongest acne cleanser I recommend. Regular use dissolves oil and black heads. It's ideal for tolerant skin.

    $27.00
  20. Dr. Bailey's Salicylic and Glycolic Acid Acne Treatment Pads™

    Salicylic and Glycolic Acid Acne Treatment Pads™

    2% Glycolic Acid and 2% Salicylic Acid acne treatment medicines are strong enough to treat stubborn acne but gentle on sensitive skin.

    $21.00
  21. Dr. Bailey's Salicylic and Glycolic Acid Acne Treatment Pads, Extra Strength™

    Salicylic and Glycolic Acid Acne Treatment Pads, Extra Strength™

    Tolerant skin benefits from 10% glycolic acid, which I think is the ideal concentration to loosen black heads. These medicated pads perform this feat while lifting oil and debris from the skin.

    $28.00
  22. Dr. Bailey's Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cream 2.5% Sensitive Skin™

    Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cream™ 2.5% Sensitive Skin

    2.5% is the “sweet spot” in benzoyl peroxide acne treatment. It gives you all the acne-treating power needed to fight acne-causing bacteria and blackheads, but it’s gentle on sensitive skin.

    $16.50
  23. Dr. Bailey's Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cream 5%™

    Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cream™ 5%

    Benzoyl peroxide is the most effective non prescription acne treatment medicine for killing the acne causing bacteria P. acnes (now called C. acnes). The 5% benzoyl peroxide in this acne treatment cream is strong enough to treat tough acne, but won't irritate most sensitive skin.

    $17.00
  24. Dr. Bailey's Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cream 10%, Extra Strength™

    Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Cream™ 10%, Extra Strength

    A full 10% benzoyl peroxide is the highest concentration available over the counter and the most effective acne treatment medicine for killing the acne causing bacteria P. acnes (now called C. acnes).

    $17.50
  25. Dr. Bailey's Back and Body Acne Kit™

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    Designed with the right ingredients to clear body acne and prevent acne scars, this is the best back and body acne skin care treatments in a kit.

    $50.00
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    At last, an ultra-light sunscreen spray that’s pure mineral protection with micro (not nano) zinc oxide for the best anti-aging broad spectrum protection. 

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  27. Dr. Bailey's Sheer Strength Pure Physical Invisible Sunscreen, SPF 50™ Broad Spectrum Protection

    Sheer Strength Pure Physical Invisible Sunscreen, SPF 50™ Broad Spectrum Protection

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    Oil-free and oil control ultra-light and tinted matte technology in a hypoallergenic sunscreen – it’s the holy grail for oily and sensitive skin AND it’s elegant for all skin types too! Contains iron oxide too making it the best sunscreen for melasma. 

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  29. Dr. Bailey's Extremely Gentle Foaming Facial Cleanser

    Extremely Gentle Foaming Facial Cleanser

    Foaming cleanser for complete skin cleansing without drying. Ideal for sensitive skin or skin made sensitive by professional skin care routines (such as glycolic acid, retinol or acne products) or facial skin conditions such as rosacea or seborrhea. The Gentle Foaming Cleanser is an ideal cleanser to alternate with Calming Zinc or your acne cleanser.

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  30. Dr. Bailey's Daily Foaming Facial Cleanser

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    Non-drying, soap-free and pH balanced foaming skin cleansing for thorough removal of excess oil, dirt, debris and product residue. Gentle enough for all but the most intolerant and sensitive complexions.

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  31. Naturally Best Bar Soap for Dry Skin™

    Naturally Best Bar Soap for Dry Skin™

    Unscented, glycerin-rich soap made with healing oats for your dry and sensitive skin.

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  32. Dr. Bailey's 100% Natural Ultra-Hypoallergenic Shower Gel

    100% Natural Ultra-Hypoallergenic Shower Gel

    An entirely unscented and dermatologist approved shower gel for even the most highly sensitive skin. Economical and perfect for the entire family.

  33. Dr. Bailey's 100% Natural Invigorating Shower Gel

    100% Natural Invigorating Shower Gel

    A refreshing head-to-toe skin cleanser for the entire family. At last, an economical shower gel that is entirely natural; remove dirt and oil from everyone’s skin without any chemicals.

  34. Natural Face, Hand and Body Lotion™

    Natural Face, Hand and Body Lotion™

    Elegant and light-textured, natural moisturizer for dry to normal sensitive skin.

    Regular Price: $22.00

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  35. Natural Face and Body Butter Cream™

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    Highly Effective moisturizer to heal your extremely dry and sensitive skin.
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    Richly moisturizing, non-greasy technology with just a hint of hydrating oils to balance dry facial skin. Fortified with antioxidants, vitamin E and CoQ10.

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  37. Dr. Bailey's Daily Moisturizing Face Cream for Oily to Normal Skin™

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    Gentle, oil free hydration for facial skin. This light glycerin moisturizer is perfect for acne prone skin and to use in combination with all of our therapeutic facial products.

    Regular Price: $26.00

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    Regular Price: $132.00

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  39. Dr. Bailey's Green Facial Redness Relief Kit - with Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy

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  40. Dr. Bailey's Calming Zinc Soap

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    My favorite skin cleanser for facial redness and yeast acne! Naturally healing, unbelievably hydrating, and powerfully fortified with a full 2% pyrithione zinc to help solve your skin problems.

  41. Dr. Bailey's Foaming Zinc Cleanser™

    Foaming Zinc™ Cleanser

    2% Zinc Pyrithione is my 'secret ingredient' that is forgotten in other acne treatments. It combats the skin yeast germ called pityrosporum. I find this germ to be the most common cause of acne on the back and chest.

    $23.00
  42. EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 Sunscreen

    EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 Sunscreen

    Completely oil free and ultra light feel on the skin make this sunscreen a marvel. Perfect for oily to normal and acne prone skin. Comes with either a clear or tinted option to help soften complexion flaws for all skin types.

    $32.50
  43. EltaMD UV Daily SPF 40

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    Broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection in a lovely moisturizing lotion that's sheer and elegant of the skin. Perfect for normal to dry skin with it's hyaluronic acid and just a little light oil to moisturize your skin without leaving a heavy feel.

    $26.50
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    $35.00
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    Solbar Zinc SPF 38 Sunscreen

    My favorite sunscreen for sports, swimming and sweaty activities. Solbar Zinc provides protection for up to 80 minutes in the water with its hefty 7.5% mineral zinc oxide combined with other chemical sunscreen agents. Oil free and shouldn't aggravate acne.

    $13.00
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    The highest performance sunscreen I’ve ever found. A product that’s perfect for the most active kids, high powered athletes and sensitive skin all in one! Reef safe too.

    $20.00

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  47. Raw Elements Tinted SPF 30 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

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    Raw Elements is the highest performance sunscreen I’ve ever found. A product that’s perfect for your most rigorous athletic activities in intense sun exposure circumstances. Reef safe too.

    $19.00

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