Sugar Scrub Ingrown Hair Home Treatment

Try an Easy to Make Sugar Scrub

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Ingrown hair scrubs work a couple different ways to fight the bumps. They exfoliate, hydrate skin and should have other ingredients to fight off infection and soothe skin.

The right amount of exfoliating is wonderful for the skin in general but is one of the best things that you can do to prevent and get rid of ingrown hair. It removes dead skin cells which might clog hair follicles, helps hair continue to grow in the right direction and get the hair to point up in the right direction when it's growing the wrong way.

Why Do Ingrown Hairs Appear?

Hair often grows back into the skin after it has been removed. It's very common when shaving, because cutting the hair creates sharp tips, making it easier to pierce the skin. It's also a frequent invader after waxing. Even though waxing is supposed to uplift the entire hair out of the follicle, the hair often breaks above or below the skin's surface, making edges that can make their way back into the skin.

Ingrown hair is also more likely in areas with thick or curly hair. Medium to fine hair is less likely to be able to break back into the skin.

Homemade Sugar Scrub Recipe

We're sure you have seen sugar scrubs at the mall, in the spa or at the discount store. They're everywhere! The good news is that it doesn't take much to whip up your own basic scrub in minutes, costing a mere fraction of what it does over paying retail.

The main star of this scrub is sugar. Some other scrubs use salt, but that is more aggressive.

 The sweet stuff is a very gentle exfoliator, getting rid of dead skin cells that can be for almost any skin type.

The other ingredients like olive oil or jojoba oil are very hydrating and make skin more moisturized and pliable. It becomes easier for the hair to get released. It's also harder for hair to pierce skin that's soft and pliable.

You can choose to not add the essential oils, but they do more than just add a scent. They also have properties to work against the ingrown hair. Tea tree oil has antiseptic properties which prevent and fight-off infected ingrown hairs and lavender oil is known to calm inflammation and redness.


  • 1 cup white cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive or jojoba oil for body, up to 1 cup of oil if using it for the face
  • 20 drops of essential oil (optional)

Directions for Sugar Scrub Ingrown Hair Home Treatment

Mix one cup white cane sugar and 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil or jojoba oil together. You can add up to one cup of olive or jojoba oil if you’re going to use it on your face. Add 10 drops each of tea tree and lavender essential oil or 20 drops of one of the essential oils. Use more tea tree and less lavender if the skin is infected, or more lavender and less tea tree if you have more redness and inflammation, to make up the 20 drops. Mix together stirring thoroughly.

It's best to scrub away while taking a bath or shower. Wet skin and take a small amount scrub and working in circular motions using a washcloth or just your hands. If you're using in your bikini zone, be sure to keep the product on the outside of your body only.

Rinse off and rub any leftover oil residue remaining into the skin. Be careful when getting out of the tub. Sometimes the shower floor will be left slippery because of the oils.

Use the scrub daily on the infected area for one week unless your skin gets red or irritated. Continue to use twice per week to ward off ingrown hairs.

Store the scrub in an airtight container away from heat. Use within six months.