To release ingrown hairs, you can:
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- Wash the affected area using a washcloth or soft-bristled toothbrush. Use a circular motion for several minutes. Do this before shaving and at bedtime.
- Use a sterile needle, inserting it under hair loops, to gently lift embedded hair tips.
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