Ingrown Hair In Nose

An ingrown hair in nose is a common, non-deadly condition that is experienced by thousands, both in the nose and on other areas of the body. Anywhere hair follicles appear, ingrown hairs are more likely to appear.

What is an Ingrown Hair in Nose?

Ingrown hairs often have the appearance of a hive or a large pimple. This condition is not life threatening or serious generally, but if not cared for or kept hygienic an ingrown hair in the nose or any other area may lead to increased discomfort or pain.

Pimple-like in appearance, and normally with a bump under which the hair is trapped, ingrown hairs are caused by hair that has curled around when growing from the hair follicle and as a result has gone back or sideways under the skin. This often occurs in blocked hair follicles, and is often caused by dead skin or chemicals.

Ingrown hair is more likely to appear in areas with dense hair follicles, especially if those areas are short or shaved. Because this hair appears closer to the surface of the skin, ingrowing is more likely to occur. With the nasal passage, this could be because of using nasal trimmers or clippers. Because the inside of the nose is sensitive and part of the sinus system, the pain of an ingrown hair may be increased.

Appearance of an Ingrown Hair in Nose

The usual appearance of an ingrown hair is that of a pimple or sore. This is due to ingrowing hair being caused by the blockage of a pore or hair follicle, similar to other types of pimple. In the case of ingrown hair in the nose, depending on the depth of the hair it may not be entirely visible, but can be felt using a finger or, if swollen, can be felt inside the nose at all times. Ingrown hairs can be itchy and may or may not have a pus-filled white head as with some pimples.

Recently or regularly shaved or trimmed areas are increasingly at risk to ingrown hairs. Both men and women may use nose trimmers or clippers to reduce the appearance of nose hair, and this can result in an increase of ingrowing hairs. Other common areas are the armpits, groin and legs.

Depending on visibility and the length of the hair inside the nose, the hair itself may be apparent in the pimple, as well as pus.

Causes of Ingrown Hairs in Nose

Ingrown hairs in the nose and other areas can happen to anyone at any time. People with more hair on their bodies naturally, however, may be more at risk to developing increased numbers of ingrown hairs. This is also common in those with curly or particularly thick hair, as it gives the hair more chances to grow into the skin.

Shaved or trimmed hair further increases the risk of ingrown hair, in areas from the beard to the nose to the legs. Where hair has been plucked or waxed there is also a greater chance of developing ingrown hairs.

Because of a predisposition towards having curly, thick hair, people of Latina or African-American descent may find they have an increased risk of pseudofolliculitis, or razor bumps, which is a similar condition to ingrown hairs.

Treatment for Ingrown Hairs in Nose

In the majority of cases, ingrown hairs will disappear over time with no care or intervention. As with pimples, over time the body heals itself and the blockage is removed. However, it is important to not pop the ingrown hair pimple, and to keep the area as clean and dry as possible to avoid infection.

Because of the location of an ingrown hair in the nose, it is closer to the brain and therefore may carry a slightly increased risk. The following more serious conditions may occur as a result of an ingrown hair in this area:

  • Darkening of skin both in and around the area (nostril)
  • Infection from external bacteria and germs
  • A scar caused by the ‘pimple’
  • A wound or scab from breaking the skin

Infected or increasingly painful ingrowing hairs may require medical attention from a dermatologist or doctor, who can act to either remove the hair or prescribe appropriate medications for the condition, including:

  • Steroid medicine either by mouth or to apply topically
  • Retinoid medicine to remove the dead skin and reduce any pigment changes
  • Antibiotics to combat infections to the ingrown hair in nose

Hot compresses using warm water and a flannel can also be used to reduce the pain and swelling caused by ingrown hairs in nose, especially in combination with antibiotics or steroid treatments in order to keep the area clear and open the pores.

Preventing Ingrown Hairs in Nose

There is no preventative method or known cure to stop ingrown hairs in the nose 100% of the time. As a fairly inaccessible area, it may be difficult to ensure that no bacteria or other things occur in the location. However, several methods can be applied to help reduce the number of ingrowing hairs in the nostrils:

  • Cleaning out the nose regularly with a solution such as salt water to reduce bacteria
  • Using a trimmer or shaver as infrequently as possible, or stopping entirely
  • Cleaning a shaver or trimmer thoroughly between each use
  • Keeping the nose and surrounding areas cool and clear
  • Stopping picking or inserting objects into the nose that may irritate or remove hair
  • Choosing to use a sharper tool for the removal of hair
  • Avoiding inhaling bacteria

Though the above methods will not prevent ingrown hairs in the nose from occurring entirely, they will reduce the chance of this condition reoccurring chronically or repeatedly due to bad hygiene or handling practices. It’s important to prevent bacteria from entering many parts of the body, including the nose.

For some people, opting for a different way of hair removal may prevent or reduce the amount of ingrown hair in the nose. For example, switching to sharper trimmers or simply stopping hair removal altogether can stop the possibility of ingrown hairs from trimming or shaving. Preventing foreign objects from entering the nose that may cause harm, pull out hairs or otherwise damage the nose is also advisable, including fingers.