An ingrown hair irritates the skin. It produces a raised, red bump (or group of bumps) that looks like a little pimple. Sometimes an ingrown hair can form a painful, boil-like sore.
If possible, you should leave ingrown hairs for a while as they may disappear without you having to do anything. Don’t pick or scratch an ingrown hair as bacteria can enter the small wound created, increasing your risk of infection. It can also cause scarring.
But there is one big exception: Ingrown hair, the painful cousin to the harmless, yet pesky pimple. … Shaving and tweezing can make the problem worse and people with curly hair are more at risk for ingrown hairs. BI Video. Eventually, the skin around the hair will start to get irritated and red.