'Skin-hair' growing inside the skin 
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 'Skin-hair' growing inside the skin

Can anyone tell me under what conditions hair on the human skin starts to grow
inside the skin, instead of coming the skin-surface?

A friend of mine has hairs on her legs which just don't want to come out.
Instead they just grow under the surface of the skin. You can see them inside
the skin, and some of them get really long (1,5 cm).

This does not happen to all of her hair on her legs, just to maybe 15%.

Is this something that 'just happens', or is there a reason/cure?

Getting those hairs to act 'normal' would really mean something to her!

Thank you.



Sun, 21 Jun 1998 03:00:00 GMT
 'Skin-hair' growing inside the skin

Quote:

>Can anyone tell me under what conditions hair on the human skin starts
>to grow inside the skin, instead of coming the skin-surface?
>A friend of mine has hairs on her legs which just don't want to come
>out.  Instead they just grow under the surface of the skin.

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    ******************************
It's not uncommon for SOME hairs to be 'trapped' underneath the surface
of the skin.....BUT...usually they are trapped by dry or dead skin that
has not been removed.  Maybe your friend might bathe more frequently
and use a 'loofa' sc{*filter*}, especially over the areas of concern, to
assist in removing dead flaky skin.  Also consider using a decent
quality skin moisturizer following bathing.

g perrin, DC



Tue, 23 Jun 1998 03:00:00 GMT
 'Skin-hair' growing inside the skin


: >Can anyone tell me under what conditions hair on the human skin starts
: >to grow inside the skin, instead of coming the skin-surface?
: >A friend of mine has hairs on her legs which just don't want to come
: >out.  Instead they just grow under the surface of the skin.
:            <snip>
:     ******************************
: It's not uncommon for SOME hairs to be 'trapped' underneath the surface
: of the skin.....BUT...usually they are trapped by dry or dead skin that
: has not been removed.  Maybe your friend might bathe more frequently
: and use a 'loofa' sc{*filter*}, especially over the areas of concern, to
: assist in removing dead flaky skin.  Also consider using a decent
: quality skin moisturizer following bathing.

?  Sounds to me like a description of in-growing hairs, and
probably due to shaving.  I don't know the cure, I just have
noticed the phenomenon myself.  I doubt it is due to lack of
hygiene, but rather the hairs have been cut close to the skin
and have decided to grow sideways into the neighboring flesh.
This sort of thing can happen with men's beards as well.



Tue, 23 Jun 1998 03:00:00 GMT
 'Skin-hair' growing inside the skin
this is a condition which is rather common in black male who shave- but
can be found in anyone with relativly {*filter*} or curly hair.

Blade razors are more the culpret- the hair ends up being cut on an angle,
leaving a sharp point. Curly hairs can then penetrate back into the skin,
and seem to be growing under the skin.

Severe cases result in psuedofolliculitis barbarae, with a foreign body
inflammatory reaction which can be rather spectacular and very painful.

The treatment is to either stop shaving (preferred) and just use clippers
to maintain the "Don Johnson" three day look, or to gently tease each hair
back above the skin with the end of a toothpick (if there is no
inflamation or pus present). Loofa sponges and good scrubbing would
probably do a similar job.

  "We must All hang together, else we most assuradly will Hang separately"
               Benjamin Franklin, 1776
Charles S. Krin, DO FAAFP



Wed, 24 Jun 1998 03:00:00 GMT
 'Skin-hair' growing inside the skin
This may be due to shaving her legs. I have seen this in a number of
women. Generally, it is best to either let leg hair grow on its own for a
while or changing from a razor to use either a dipilitory or an electric
shaver.

Tell her to try this and see if it works.



Mon, 29 Jun 1998 03:00:00 GMT
 'Skin-hair' growing inside the skin

Quote:
> This may be due to shaving her legs. I have seen this in a number of
> women. Generally, it is best to either let leg hair grow on its own for a
> while or changing from a razor to use either a dipilitory or an electric
> shaver.

  I missed the original post, but this sounds like ingrown hairs. I used to
  get them on my legs until I read somewhere that shaving with a single bladed,
  rather than the ubiquitous and well-advertised double-bladed razor will
  reduce the frequency. So the shave isn't as close, but you avoid the under-
  the-skin long hairs.

                                        C. Feldman



Fri, 03 Jul 1998 03:00:00 GMT
 
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