How often do you remove hair from your pubis? Adults and adolescent humans (men and women) grow pubic hair which sometimes can be ingrown. What causes ingrown pubic hair, how can you remove it to avoid this problem? Get all this as well as infected one including one with cysts and bumps and how to treat it in your pubic areas.
If you have never had it, it can be a painful thing with a potential of causing lots of discomforts, leave alone embarrassment. It can be a problem to anyone who cares little about how they remove hairs from this part of the body. Let us look at the causes.
Why do you get them?
Hair becomes ingrown when it starts to grow sideways after which it begins to curl back underneath the skin. What causes or triggers this happening?
Inappropriate hair removal – waxing, plucking, and tweezing
One of the consequences of shaving too close to the skin surface is razor bumps. These bumps result from inflammation of the hair follicles. The bumps are usually small in size and can be the color of your skin or appear pink if you have a fair skin.
Razor bumps are the first indicator of getting ingrown hair in the genital area. This condition is medically referred to as pseudofolliculitis.
The closer you shave the bad the razor bumps you are going to get. The inflammation can also get worse with friction from tight-fitting clothes, sweating and lack of proper cleaning after shaving. Irritation due to razor bumps can cause slight itching and this comes with a lot of discomforts.
Other methods considered incorrect for hair removal in the pubic region include laser removal, waxing, plucking and use of tweezers.
Having curly and coarse hair
Some individuals have a natural hair that is curly. Others have course one. These two types can also influence this problem. This phenomenon will be worse if you shave frequently and close to the skin.
Sex hormones can also influence in the manner in which hair grows back. In some women, for instance, the American-Latinos, female sex hormones can trigger mass hair growth that is thick and curling. Such women get may end up with ingrown hair even on their vagina (vag) lips.
Best way to remove pubic ingrown hair
Unless they become infected, it does not require treatment. This condition normally clears up on its own.
Exfoliation as a body process enhances removal of dead skin cells form the surface. It is one of the ways of preparing before bikini waxing the skin in the pubic area. Besides, this is also good for skin care practice.
How to exfoliate the pubic area
- Clean your genital area using warm water and gentle soap or antiseptic solution.
- Using a small “pea-sized” amount of cleanser the size of the tip of your index finger, use a loofah or body brush to gently scrub the entire area covered with hair.
- Take about another three minutes to scrub. As you scrub use circular motions but ensure that you do not touch the inner labia.
- Rinse with warm water and tap with a soft material to dry.
NOTE: Do NOT apply body lotions if you are preparing to do waxing or shaving.
Exfoliation is undoubtedly one of the effective means to get rid of ingrown hairs if properly done.
Examples of products used during exfoliation include tretinoin drugs such as Renova and Retin-A. Certain substances will cause irritation or increase sensitivity in the skin around your genitals. They include highly concentrated exfoliating creams (e.g. salicylic acid above 2%) and lemon juice.
If you develop additional symptoms (skin rash, redness, scaling, dizziness, etc.) after using exfoliating products, stop their usage and seek help from a dermatologist or your GPO.
2. Laser treatment
If shaving techniques are not working for you consider hair removal by laser. This is also a permanent method but is a costly cosmetic procedure. Laser not only treats ingrown hair but also inhibits growth from growing again especially from the bikini line. However, according to Mayo Clinic, laser hair treatment is not a guarantee to permanent removal.
This treatment employs the use of high-concentrated light beam which is directed and into hair follicles. For the laser to be worth in solving and to fix pubic ingrown hair, you should first visit a dermatologist who will how best to apply it.
A few factors considered before laser treatment include nature and its thickness, the skin condition, and the location where it will be removed. Even though, longer periods of exposure to laser treatment come with health risks and side effects.
Is it infected?
How do you know that you if you have an infection with ingrown hairs?
Symptoms of infection
Below are the common symptoms of infected ingrown hair in the pubic area.
1. hard lumps, boils, and pustules
Pus-filled spots, boils, and pustules is another probable sign of infection. Pustules can be as small as 2- 4 millimeters. They can be painful and sometimes itchy too.
Although, the presence of hard bumps, boils, and pustules in the genital area is not always an indication of infection. Sometimes the pustules and boils are symptoms of a different infection such as herpes of the genitals.
On the other hand, the presence of hard bumps is characteristic of genital warts. Warts occurring here are quite difficult to get rid. Without removal, these hard bumps will continue growing. Nevertheless, they would keep appearing from time to time even after months. Pustules are uncommon when it comes to ingrown hair.
2. Pain and itching
Before infection, razor bumps can inflict pain and cause one to itch. Pain and irritation can intensify with infection.
To avoid pain, stop squeezing, itching and scratching.
How to treat ingrown hair
Treatment is preferable as a way getting rid of this issue. The following are treatment methods for ingrown hair on the pubic area with infection symptoms.
Most infections are treated using topical antibiotics. The bikini area is sometimes sensitive and may require one to go for prescription-strength medications. Both oral medicines and application of creams are appropriate. Sometimes doctors recommend administering treatment orally because of the sensitivity of bikini area and skin around the vagina.
Stop applying lotions, deodorants, and sprays during treatment. If the symptoms do not clear after treatment, see your doctor because you could be facing a different problem.
2. Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is good if the symptoms are not severe. Apply tea tree oil to control bacterial growth. Before you apply tea tree oil ensure that you clean the area and dry it well.
3. Apply anti-inflammatory creams
To stop itching, use anti-inflammatory drugs. The two main categories of these drugs are prescription and non-prescription. These medicines are applied or used depending on the severity of itching or inflammation symptoms.
If the symptoms of infection (irritation) due to infection cause minor itching, you can get non-prescription drugs from the pharmacies near you. Keep in mind that prolonged use anti-inflammatory drugs for treatment can have side effects. It is therefore recommended to get the best advice from a qualified doctor regarding the application period.
4. Use pain relievers
If you experience unbearable pain or the affected area hurts a lot see your doctor get prescription medications to kill the pain. To relieve pain at home apply remedies for infection symptoms like warm compress if you experience mild pain.
However, do not attempt to remove it or prick or pick the pustules as it will only cause more pain or worsen the symptoms.
IMPORTANT: Any case of severe symptoms should be taken seriously and treatment should be administered by a qualified doctor.
How to stop it in pubic region
How can you prevent and stop them from growing back into the skin? Prevention for ingrown hair is more of personal care and decision. Besides regular exfoliation, you can follow these easy steps particularly when removing hair.
1. Trim them well
Shaving too close suing sharp razors on the genitals leaves you with microscopic or small cuts that do pose an infection risk.
Instead of shaving too close to skin just use a pair of scissors or other shaving equipment to trim and cut back the length of the hairs. If you have to use scissors ensure that you do it very carefully.
2. Avoid shaving too often or frequently
Do not shave every other day. Avoiding frequent hair removal is another best thing you can do to prevent pubic ingrown hairs. This minimizes the chance that you develop razor bumps that trigger irritation in the skin.
3. Use moisturizer
Before deciding to do shaving, apply a fragrant-free skin moisturizer to hydrate and make the removal process easier and quicker.
4. Sterilize the shaving tools
It is recommended to always clean and disinfect the shaving tools and equipment after every session when you need to reuse the same tools. Doing so ensure no build-up in germs and disease-causing microorganisms. It also ensures that the tools remain in good condition.
Use antibiotic cleansing products to clean. While cleaning, avoid contact with the blade as this will make them become blunt.
5. permanent removal
Another option is to terminate or bring to stop shaving hair in the genital area especially if the problem gets serious. If you feel there is great need to rid excess hair or remove it completely, talk to your doctor for advice.
Finally, stop tweezing and plucking if you want to fix this problem. Unless you are simply removing the embedded hair tips, tweezing can be horribly painful. Very painful.
The risk with tweezing or pulling off is that if you have rough skin the hair shaft fails to grow out of the skin surface. As it tries to emerge out of the follicles, the tips curl back due to the resistance from the tough skin.
Failure to treat or get rid of them whether infected or not will eventually lead to ingrown pubic hair cysts. Unlike ingrown hairs, the pubic cyst is a different condition that results from deep ingrown hair.