OK, so let’s say you have an ingrown, despite your best efforts to keep it away you still see a few ingrowns pop up. That’s the bad news. The good news is that many can be treated fairly similarly to your garden variety zit. For smaller, less irritable bumps, you’ll find you’re almost treating these like a zit. You can start by spot-treating them: Chemical exfoliators, like BHA or AHAs, may be useful. “It helps dry out the angry bump and exfoliate dead cells from the surface of the skin to open the blocked pore,” says Zeichner.
You can use a bit of an exfoliating toner, serum, or face wash on the area. Do this regularly until the bump goes away: “Over time this will help to release the hair from beneath the skin,” says King.
After the product formula dries, rub on something soothing to help the redness and puffiness go down. If you’re looking for a calming body lotion, look for actives like ceramides, colloidal oat, aloe vera, calendula, comfrey, or chamomile. It’s important to keep the areas hydrated and non-irritated.