How do you remove ingrown hairs from your penile shaft?

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It is a little embarrassing to ask or even research online, but I think I got an ingrown hair from "manscaping." Is there any product that could help treat the spot? I have tried to squeeze out the ingrown hair but it is quite painful and I don't want to do any damage down there.


M, 35, South Dakota

Don't be embarrassed to ask. An ingrown hair is a very common circumstance where a hair begins to curl backwards or grow sideways underneath the surface of the skin. Ingrown hairs often contribute to an infection of the hair follicle which can result in pain and inflammation.

It's common to experience ingrown hairs in areas where the hair has been shaved or waxed, but they can appear anywhere there are hair follicles. The symptoms of ingrown hairs can include swelling, itching, a rash of bumps (razor bumps), or a single red bump.

When shaving in the future you should be careful to use adequate lubrication and not to apply too much force. Poor shaving techniques like shaving against the grain or shaving with too much pressure can result in hairs being cropped shorter than the surrounding skin.

When treating ingrown hairs, it's important to both reduce the inflammation and to expose the hair follicle so that it can be easily removed. To reduce the swelling we apply a hydrocortisone cream. In cases of an infected ingrown hair, an over-the-counter antibacterial ointment can be applied to the affected area.

Once the redness and inflammation has been reduced, a warm compress can be applied to the area. You should be able to see the hair just beneath the surface of the skin. It will usually look like a small dark spot.

Most people are able to remove ingrown hairs by themselves using a pair of tweezers. But if your ingrown hair is in a sensitive or hard-to-reach spot or has become infected, you should consult with a dermatologist.

Always remember to consult with a board-certified dermatologist for best results.

An ingrown hair happens when a growing hair becomes trapped inside a hair follicle after curling back in on itself or growing sideways. They can occur anywhere on the body that has hair, even the upper portion of the penile shaft.


Treating ingrown hairs on the penis requires a bit of preparation both to combat inflammation and expose/locate the hair for removal.

To take down the inflammation, use a 1% hydrocortisone cream on the affected area. Once the redness has subsided, start applying warm compresses to the area until you can see the curving hair underneath the skin. It will look like a dark spot.

Use a sterilized pin to lance the bump, cyst, or pimple, and then, with sterilized tweezers, carefully pull the hair out. If it’s become infected, you may have to drain the accumulated pus or fluid.

Follow up by regularly applying antibacterial ointment to the area to prevent further infection.

If you can’t remove the hair or hairs yourself, or should the potential infection persist, you will need to visit your doctor.

Ingrown hairs can be quite painful. Often people find relief with tend skin which is over the counter. You can give it a shot.