DIY Ingrown Hair Treatment





Introduction: DIY Ingrown Hair Treatment

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Update: I've been using this ingrown hair treatment for a couple weeks now and it is tied with my homemade dry shampoo for the best homemade beauty product I've ever made. I can't say enough how much I love it! :D

Ingrown hairs are the worst. There are a couple products on the market I've used to combat them: Tend Skin and The Cool Fix (my personal favorite). Both work great, but I wondered if there was a slightly cheaper alternative. I did a little googling and the awesome people at Makeup Alley were all over it. You should click through and read all the happy reviews - this ingrown hair treatment really does work!

So far I can say that this treatment works just as well as Tend Skin, but I still think The Cool Fix works slightly better due to the extra exfoliating ingredients - but you can DIY the exfoliating bit, too!

And this isn't only for ingrown hairs - you can also use it on acne and irritation from shaving, waxing and tweezing.

Though do be cautious when using it on skin that will be in direct sunlight - the acetylsalicylic acid from the aspirin can cause sun sensitivity. That means you may be more likely to burn! Wear sunscreen and take it easy the first time you use it.

Step 1: Ingredients + Tools


  • 26 325mg uncoated aspirin tablets
  • 1/3 cup witch hazel
  • 2/3 cup 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol


  • two jars for mixing/shaking the solutions
  • jar for storing the solution
  • something to use to crush the aspirin

We're going to mix the witch hazel and rubbing alcohol separately and then combine them - that's why we need multiple containers!

Step 2: Separate and Crush the Aspirin

Place 18 of the aspirin tablets in one jar and 8 tablets in the other.

Using a heavy wooden spoon or something similar, roughly crush the aspirin. It doesn't have to be a fine powder, you just don't want any huge pieces.

Step 3: Add the Rubbing Alcohol and Witch Hazel

Add 2/3 of a cup of rubbing alcohol to the jar with 18 crushed aspirin.

Add 1/3 of a cup of witch hazel to the jar with 8 crushed aspirin.

Put on the lids firmly and shake shake shake until there are no big chunks of aspirin left. The aspirin will settle after shaking, so you can check to see if you have any big pieces left. If you do, keep on shaking.

Step 4: Combine the Two Solutions

Once the aspirin tablets are dissolved in both jars, pour one jar into the other and shake well to combine.

And there you go! It's done now. You can pour it into whatever container you like - Im using a dropper bottle. I kept the excess in the canning jar. :)

Head to the next step for advice on storing and using it.

Step 5: Storing and Using the Ingrown Hair Treatment

You want to make sure you keep this in a clean well sealed jar. Alcohol evaporates fairly quickly, and it would suck to make it and come back later to half of it being gone. ;)

The aspirin will settle between each use - so make sure to shake it well and then use right away.

How to use the ingrown hair treatment:

  • Apply morning and night at first to take care of any ingrown hair you may already have - it can take up to two weeks to see a difference if you have quite a few. Just wet a cotton ball or swab and apply. It will sting a bit! That's normal.
  • After the initial treatment, make sure to apply it right after you wax, tweeze, shave, etc. You can honestly rub it all over your legs if you have issues with bumps there!
  • As soon as your skin is dry you can apply a moisturizer or deodorant - I highly recommend using jojoba oil after. Jojoba oil also has anti-inflammatory properties and can help soothe the skin further.

Other tips for controlling ingrown hairs:

  • Make sure to exfoliate often! I normally make up an olive oil and sugar scrub when I need to - once every week or so. Exfoliating removes excess dead skin and keeps it from clogging hair follicles. It can also help expose any current ingrown hairs for removal.
  • Wash affected areas with a face wash or body wash containing salicylic acid in the shower.
  • Make sure friction isn't causing the ingrown hairs and irritation! If you always get ingrown hairs at the same places - say your bikini line or on your calves - make sure your underwear and/or pants are not too tight. If they're constantly rubbing your skin it will increase your risk of irritation and ingrown hairs.
  • Never pick at an ingrown hair with dirty hands! You'll just end up with an infected ingrown hair, which is even worse. If I ever need to pull out an ingrown hair I use tweezers or a pimple extraction tool that I sanitize with boiling water or alcohol.

If you have any other tips for controlling ingrown hairs and irritation, leave them in the comments!



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    Hi, article is very useful. Is aspirin eleminte the hair permanently? Is it work for thick hair too?

    what would you recommend using on the skin after applying treatment, like coconut oil, tea tree oil, bio oil, or something?


    best bottle I have found for this is a well cleaned hot sauce bottle. The top will go after a year or so, but you should have a few extra tops by that point. Just make sure the shaker top is in the cap not inserted into the bottle (M/L bottles of Frank's have it in the cap).

    Where did you purchase the jars pictured in the tutorial above?

    what are other substitutes for wtich hazel ?Thanks

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    I actually don't know of anything that would work the same way! If you're not able to find witch hazel locally, I highly recommend buying a bottle online. It's awesome stuff! I use it as a face toner, too.

    Is your "rubbing alcohol" ethanol or isopropyl alcohol - or a mix (does it matter)?

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    Isopropyl - don't use ethanol for this!

    Thanks for this wonderful post. I've already grabbed 70% ethanol and about to mix before seeing this your advice. Any reason/adverse effect? Just can't get isopropyl for now.

    Wow.. this may be the perfect present for a friend of mine. She has a bad case of ingrown hairs and she's been trying almost everything. And nothing seems to work.

    Learning to shave correctly is the first step in fighting ingrown hairs! In a totally unscientific study I have found that multi-blade razors cause more irritation than they prevent. Think about the marketing gimmicks...The blades lift the hair and cut it off below the skin...well what the hell do you think causes an ingrown hair? Stick with a trusty safety razor (the one your grand dad used) or if your feeling especially hipster-ish a cutthroat. Wash your face or shower, use a apothecary mug, badger hair brush (synthetic is ok for you animal lovers), and quality shaving soap that does not contain a chemical soup of irritants (anything from a can). Apply liberal amounts of lather and shave with the grain using short strokes and rinsing often. Pull loose skin taught with your off hand to avoid unnecessary nicks. To avoid ingrown hairs stop here! But if you want a close "date night shave", re-lather and then shave against the grain. Now, before you quit and get a staph infection, apply a good after shave/disinfectant and squirm from the burn. You just scraped off the top layers of your skin along with your beard and anything else protruding above the surface of your cute widdle cheekees, so disinfecting is critical! Date night shave's are usually good for a couple of days, with the grain is a daily affair; your mileage may vary.

    I haven't shaved my face/throat for over 10 years because of in grown hairs! They are the absolute worst things. I use a electric trimmer and just keep stubble all the time. I do shave my head because my brain is too big and it pushed a lot of hairs out already. :P I still get an in grown from time to time with the trimmer, usually on my throat or jaw line. ><
    My neck will break out because of "clean" shaving my balding head. I usually have to mix changing shave gel/cream/oil and razor brands monthly.
    My wife started making a sugar scrub about a year ago (sugar, unrefined coconut oil and raw honey). This stuff is amazing! Applied right after shaving has greatly reduced in grown hairs. It also heals and protects the skin involved. It has lots and lots of beneficial properties for the skin.
    I will try this solution that you've shown for the irritating hair I'm am currently cursing. If this is able to help when I get bumps from my trimmer I may take a risk and shave my face again.
    I haven't built up enough nerve to trust the SS yet. Too scary, ugly and painful. Plus they leave scars. I hate em.
    Crossing my fingers.

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    Coconut oil is a favorite of mine, too!!

    I hope this will work for you - I have been so happy with it. It's making a huge difference for me. :)

    Is there anything that can be used instead of Witch Hazel? A good substitute for it?

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    Not in this case - I would typically say apple cider vinegar if it wasn't being used on sores, but sadly it will only inflame the ingrown hairs more and hurt quite bad. :P

    You should be able to use water in its place - just make sure to use something soothing after you use this treatment like jojoba oil! The treatment will be more drying with just alcohol and water.

    Is there something else you can use instead of

    aspirin? because im allergic to that stuff

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    I don't think so - the salicylic acid is the most important part, and is probably what you're allergic to. You may want to talk to a primary care physician or dermatologist to see if there are other alternatives - I don't have enough knowledge about aspirin allergies!

    If you're more often outside than inside, do you call it an "outside grown hair" ?

    Aside from the joke, could this be helpful for warts ? If I remember correctly, AAS was used as a treatment for warts.

    Coult it be helpful for achrocordon ?

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    Warts are caused by a virus, and the best thing I've found to get rid of warts is Vitamin A! Years ago I had a few very stubborn warts, I even went to the doctor who removed them (but they quite quickly came back).

    He suggested the vitamin A. I took triple doses daily for several weeks. And I also applied the oil inside the capsules (just cut into the capsule & squeeze out the oil) directly to the warts, and then kept them bandaged. I reapplied & re-bandaged as needed (several times daily).

    According to the doctor, the vitamin A helps your skin win the war against the warts. It really worked for me.

    What size/weight asprin tablets have you base this on? I've seen from 75mg - this is the size that used to be used as heart attack prevention before they changed reccommendations or for kids- to some 325mg, there are probably other sizes too. The large weight difference will make a big difference to the final mix.