Our expert says:
I know you said that you do not wish to see a doctor, but ultimately this may be your best starting point forward.
You are already doing a lot to improve the problem - some persons in your situation has also suggested moisturising (and washing) with unscented lotions - i.e. no artificial fragrances. One option would be to mix aloe vera gel, rosewater and a few drops of tea tree oil in a spray bottle and to use this as a form of moisturiser. Also avoid pants and stockings if you haven't shaved - these may cause the hair to snap and curl in causing ingrown hair. Also, applying a cream containing Benzoyl Peroxide (often used for acne) can be applied to infected/inflamed follicles as antibacterial.
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