Tea tree oil works better than any amount of exfoliating or creams marketed for ingrowns. Being an African American woman with curly hair, we all know how it tends to grow back in. After my last wax I started using tea tree oil and did not have one--not even one ingrown. I apply it a few days a week. I also use it on my nose piercing and my eyebrows after having them threaded. Go and get you a bottle.