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healingtouches, Board Certified MD
Category: Dermatology
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Dear doctor, I regularly shave my chest and sometimes i get

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Dear doctor,
I regularly shave my chest and sometimes i get ingrown hairs, I usually pick them out it's not a problem normally. However recently I am finding I am picking the hairs out and the skin around the area is not healing as it used to, there is now a dark brown area around where the ingrown hair used to be. About just under 2 months ago, I had a deep ingrown hair on my chest that went right under the skin, and I had to dig deep to get this out. I eventually got the hair out, but the area was scabbed quit abit because of how deep the hair had gone. Ever since the area is red at its core, less red around that and the skin around that even is dark brown and it will not heal anymore than this. I am wondering whether or not I have an infection or something. There is no further pain or soreness or anything like that, It's just the fact that i can see it. I have taken pictures, what;s your advice?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dermatology
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Please see attached pictures.
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Expert:  healingtouches replied 1 year ago.

I understand your concerns.

Thank you for the detailed history and the pictures.

The area doesn't look infected in the pictures, but rather irritated with scar tissue formation.

You can try a combination of an over the counter ointment that contains zinc oxide to calm down the area and help it heal.

If there's no change in 2-3 weeks, have it seen close up by a dermatologist to see if it needs to be monitored or biopsied.

Kindest regards,

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi Sorry for the late response, thank you for your advice.