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The Best Essential Oil for Ingrown Hair

Ingrown hairs are annoying aren’t they? They’re not exactly dangerous but they’re one of those things that is slightly uncomfortable and can lead you picking at it, which is not recommended.

Most people have had experience with ingrown hairs at some point in time, especially those who tweeze or shave their body hair. It makes sense that the most common areas are the pubic area, back side, groin, and armpits.

Although occasionally, you might experience this on more visible body areas such as the face, neck and chin.

What Is Ingrown Hair?

An ingrown hair is hair that grows inwards rather than taking the natural route of growing upwards and outside the skin. Typically, an ingrown hair may develop in three ways:

  1. Hair will grow upwards but may change its course and turn. It will pierce through lower dermal layers and go back inside the skin.
  2. As hair grows, it may get obstructed and blocked along its normal path. It will continue growing and digging into the follicle. This causes inflammation.
  3. Hair may explore a side way route rather than growing upwards. This way, it pierces through the dermal layers, causing inflammation.

In all these cases, the hair irritates the dermal layer and causes inflammation. Although these hairs tend to occur in specific areas, it is possible to have them in any area that has hair, regardless of whether you shave often or not.

Causes and Symptoms

Generally, anything that can clog your skin’s surface or lead to dermal inflammation may cause ingrown hair. Tweezing, plucking, sugaring, threading, waxing, or any other form of epilation are all examples.

Commonly, finer hairs fail to break through the epidermis barrier and gets trapped inside. This then causes your body to assume that the wrong way hair is a foreign material, thereby triggering an inflammatory response.

Although super popular, shaving with multiple blade razors is another major cause of ingrown hairs. Those 3, 4 or 5 blade razors many of us use cut hair diagonally, which changes the natural trajectory of hair growth, making it more likely to move sideways beneath the skin.

Finally, coarse hair is more susceptible to grown sideways. Its thickness makes it harder to penetrate through dermal layers, forcing it to grow inwards. Curly hair also faces the same issue.

Other causes include:

  • dry skin
  • wearing extremely tight clothes
  • and shaving against your natural hair direction

Symptoms of ingrown hairs include:

  • Small, round and solid bumps (papules)
  • Small blister-like lesions filled with pus (pustules)
  • Hyper pigmentation
  • Itching
  • Pain
  • Embedded hairs

As tempting as it may be to squeeze or pick at the bump, the same rule that applies to pimples applies here, leave them alone!

Picking ingrown hairs may lead to infection and pus-filled boils.

Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you’ll be stuck with them forever. Luckily, there are many effective natural remedies to prevent ingrown hairs and reduce the swelling and redness they cause.

One of the most effective is using essential oils which we’ll get into below.

Essential Oil for Ingrown Hair

Essential oils are effective in treating and preventing ingrown hair. These oils are a natural remedy and safe to use to stimulate correct hair growth as well as sooth red spots and inflammation.

Tee Tree Essential Oil

Tea tree is one of the best essential oils for treating ingrown hairs. It has terpene alcohol properties, making it a powerful antibacterial agent for fighting germs and bacteria which cause infection.

Preparation and application: Mix 7-10 drops of pure tea tree oil with 1 ounce shea butter. Store the mixture in a small mason jar. Apply the mixture on the skin after shaving. It keeps the skin moisturized and keeps away bacteria.

Chamomile Essential Oil

German chamomile is effective for moisturizing dry skin. It balances skin sebum levels, keeping the skin lubricated and moisturized, thereby preventing ingrown hairs.

Usage: Massage areas susceptible to ingrown hairs with a blend of German chamomile and sweet almond oil.

Blend: You can blend your own mixture by diluting twenty drops of pure German chamomile oil in one cup of sweet almond  carrier oil.

Store the mixture in a glass bottle and apply it on your body before taking a bath.

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender is a popular choice because of its skin soothing properties. It assists in alleviating inflammatory skin conditions, including ingrown hairs.

How to use: Dilute 10 drops of lavender oil in half cup coconut oil. Use an electric or hand mixer to blend the mixture until it becomes creamy.

Put the mixture in a mason jar. Apply the cream on your skin before shaving.

Frankincense Essential Oil 

Frankincense is extracted from oleo gum resin and contains antiseptic properties for protecting ingrown hair from infection.

Application: This oil may be applied directly on the skin without diluting. However, if your skin is sensitive, dilute with a carrier oil such as rosehip or jojoba oil before applying.

Lemongrass Essential Oil

Lemongrass has multiple healing properties. It is especially useful for its antibacterial, anti-fungal, skin rejuvenating, astringent, and deodorant properties. This makes it ideal for toning oily skin and opening blocked pores, thereby preventing ingrown hair. In case there is ingrown hair, lemongrass oil keeps it infection free.

Mixing and application: Dilute 7-10 drops of lemongrass oil with  ¼ cup of pure jojoba oil.

Apply a drop of the mixture on any area with ingrown hair for disinfection.


Although essential oils are effective for managing ingrown hair, they should be used with care. Here are some precautions to observe.

  • Essential oils for treating ingrown hair are quite potent. Hence, avoid using them undiluted.
  • If you are a nursing mother or expecting, consult your doctor before using.
  • Always use high quality and pure essential oils.
  • Individuals suffering from asthma, hypertension, epilepsy and other chronic conditions should seek medical advice from their doctor before using essential oils.

With regular use, you’ll be happy to see your skin return to it’s beautiful, smooth, luxurious self free from bumps, razor burn, and inflammation.

Perfect for summer and peace of mind all year round.

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