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Is Laser Hair Removal Safe if I Have Ingrown Hairs?

By: Dr. James D. Fontaine


It is natural for hair to grow in different directions and sometimes, it ends up growing back into the skin. Unfortunately, ingrown hairs can be painful and unsightly. Now, Fontaine MD Aesthetics and Anti-Aging Medicine offers a safe and effective solution in the form of laser hair removal.

Laser hair removal uses powerful laser energy to target and damage hair follicles to help prevent them from coming back. Below, board-certified physician Dr. James D. Fontaine explores the safety of laser hair removal and what patients can expect from treatment in San Diego, CA. We also provide tips for patients who want to avoid ingrown hairs in the future.

What causes ingrown hairs?

Ingrown hairs occur when hair follicles are clogged with dead skin cells, oil, and bacteria. Blocked follicles prevent hair from growing out properly and instead become trapped under the surface. Shaving and using tweezers increases your risk of developing ingrown hairs and may cause painful symptoms, like red or inflamed skin.

Ingrown hairs are common in any area but frequently appear in the legs, armpits, and bikini lines. People with coarse or curly hair are more prone to developing ingrown hairs.

Is laser hair removal safe for ingrown hairs?

Yes, laser hair removal is an effective way to treat ingrown hairs and prevent them from returning. Our innovative system at Fontaine MD Aesthetics and Anti-Aging Medicine only targets the hair follicles while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged.

After several laser sessions with Dr. Fontaine, patients can expect their hair to become thinner and lighter in color. Many people achieve complete hair removal with no need for additional treatment or methods like shaving and waxing in the future. Ingrown hairs can also become a thing of the past!

How can I prevent ingrown hairs?

There are a few ways to successfully prevent ingrown hairs after laser treatment in San Diego, CA, including:

  • Exfoliate regularly: Gentle exfoliation removes dead skin cells that clog follicles and helps hair grow out properly.

  • Avoid shaving, waxing, or using tweezers: If you must shave, use a sharp razor and avoid shaving over the same area multiple times.

  • Use a hydrating lotion or cream after shaving: Dry skin makes ingrown hairs more likely. Use a light, oil-free moisturizer to hydrate your skin without blocking pores.

  • Avoid tight-fitting clothing: Clothing that rubs against the skin irritates the hair follicles and worsens ingrown hairs.

Why choose laser hair removal?

Fontaine MD Aesthetics and Anti-Aging Medicine offers the latest in laser technology for optimal results. There are many reasons to undergo treatment with our team, including:

  • Suitable for areas of any size: Laser treatment can be used on smaller or larger areas that may be difficult to reach through shaving.

  • Minimal side effects: Some patients experience temporary redness or swelling, but these side effects are minimal and resolve on their own.

  • Customizable treatment plans: We tailor each patient's treatment to their specific hair type and goals.

  • No more ingrown hairs: Unlike shaving and waxing, laser hair removal targets the root of the problem!

Treat and prevent ingrown hairs

Ingrown hairs are normal, but they do not have to be a setback for laser hair removal. If you have questions about ingrown hairs or any of our advanced laser treatments, call Fontaine MD Aesthetics and Anti-Aging Medicine for an appointment with Dr. James D. Fontaine. Our San Diego, CA team can help you achieve the smooth, virtually hair-free skin you desire.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.