Nobody likes body hair and we adopt various methods for removing hair from our body. Indeed, body hair seems like the bane of every woman, who has to follow some form of hair removal technique to look great in a dress or a swimsuit. For hygiene as well as beauty reasons, women get rid of pubic hair through various methods like waxing, sugaring, and shaving. However, following any of these pubic hair removal methods may lead to ingrown hair, which if left untreated, will become sore and may lead to an infection.
Ingrown hair is nothing but the growth of hair just underneath the skin usually in a spiral fashion. The reason why ingrown hair is more common in the pubic region is because the hair here is coarse and stiff and most women employ the wrong shaving method. Here we are going to discuss how you can treat ingrown hair and what you can do to prevent this from recurring in the future.
Whatever method of hair removal a person might employ, ingrown hair is seen when the hair is removed in an improper way. Too much force applied while shaving or shaving too close to the skin results in this problem. When the hair, after shaving or waxing in the pubic area, curls and grows inwards instead of growing out, it is known as ingrown hair. The symptoms of ingrown hair in the pubic area include the following.
- Formation of raised bumps
- Ingrown hair cyst
- Pus formation
- Skin darkening
- Formation of pus-filled blisters
If these symptoms are not treated, it will cause you much pain and discomfort. Although this hair grows out after a few days, it can sometimes get infected, which can become severe too.
There are many different ways in which you can treat ingrown hair in the pubic area. The first thing that you can do is wash the area with a mild face wash. An anti-bacterial face wash is best for this. Then, you need to exfoliate the area with a washcloth or scrub by using a gentle circular motion. This will help to get rid of the dead skin cells and will also help the ingrown hair to emerge from the skin. Now, dry the skin with a soft towel and apply a cream containing lactic acid and aloe vera. The aloe vera will soothe and protect the skin and the lactic acid will soften it. This is one of the best and safest ingrown pubic hair treatment.
If after exfoliating the area, you find that the hair has not emerged from under the skin and is still trapped in, then you will need to apply a warm compress. Just moisten a hand towel in hot water and place it over the affected area. Leave the compress on for about two minutes and then insert a sterile needle to gently lift and free the trapped hair. Apply an antiseptic cream to avoid any inflammation and/or infection on the area. If there is an ingrown hair infection, then you would need to see a doctor who will prescribe a corticosteroid cream and antibiotics to reduce the inflammation and pain.
To avoid ingrown pubic hair, you should always follow the proper techniques of shaving and waxing and avoid wearing tight clothes. Now that you know how to get rid of this problem, you can avoid any kind of pain and discomfort to yourself.