What Is Ingrown Pubic Hair?
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Ingrown pubic hair are hairs that instead of rising up from the skin, they curdle around and grow back into the skin. Even a dead skin can clog the hair follicle leading to ingrown pubic hairs as the hair is forced to grow under the skin.
Ingrown pubic hairs are not a serious condition. However, they can be quite embarrassing and sometimes even irritating. When they occur, a papule or a pustule is noticed on the skin’s surface.
A papule is a type of acne, rather small and round bump in the skin, while pustules are larger than papules and filled with pus due to inflammation. In certain cases, a hyperpigmentation of the skin can occur around the area of ingrown pubic hairs. Pain and itchiness are also a common concern in cases of ingrown pubic hairs. (1)
Ingrown pubic hairs can occur at any time as long as you remove hair from the body using razors, shaving creams, waxing, etc. However, certain people have an increased risk than others. People who have thicker hair, as well as, curly hair tend to develop ingrown pubic hairs more often compared to those who have a thin and fine hair.
Shaving, waxing or using a razor is common worldwide when wanting to have a perfect bikini area. Removing hair every now and then, including pubic hair can lead to ingrown pubic hairs.
Even though in most of the cases, the hair will start to grow back normally without a problem protruding out of the skin once removed, some hairs can get trapped due to blocked hair follicles or other problems which can lead to hair growing backward under the skin. If a hair starts to grow under the skin, the human body recognizes it as a foreign object leading to inflammation, redness, swelling, pain in the pubic area, as well as, itchiness. (2)
In general, no treatment is required for ingrown pubic hairs as they tend to resolve on their own. These hair shafts will find their way out of the skin and this way the problem will be resolved, relieving this way the signs and symptoms as well. However, in certain cases treatment is required.
The best way to treat ingrown pubic hairs is to prevent them in the first place. You should stop using a razor, shaving creams or wax for hair removal. But, is it really possible? Everyone wants a hairless pubic area, don’t we?
Removing the dead skin by gently washing the skin area around the ingrown pubic hairs can help a lot. This can lead to the hair follicles become unplugged, resolving the problem. Retinoids are known to speed up the clearing process of dead skin cells. Retinoids also help remove any skin hyperpigmentation due to ingrown pubic hairs.
Anti – inflammatory topical creams such as steroid creams can help reduce the inflammation relieving the discomfort that ingrown pubic hairs can cause sometimes. By reducing the inflammation, these topical steroid creams reduce the swelling and redness at the affected area.
Antibiotics are often prescribed by doctors for the treatment of ingrown pubic hairs, especially when they get infected and a collection of pus is noticed. Usually, antibiotic ointments administered locally will do the work. However, in severe cases of infection oral antibiotics are required.
As mentioned before, the best way to protect yourself from ingrown pubic hairs is by not removing them. As many men and women worldwide remove their pubic hair mostly for cosmetic reasons and sometimes even for medical reasons, ingrown pubic hairs are hard to prevent.
However, if there is no other option left and you just need to shave that pubic area of yours follow these steps as they will reduce your chance of getting ingrown pubic hairs.
- Treat your pubic area before shaving – in order to reduce the risk of ingrown pubic hairs. Wash the pubic area with a mild soap and lubricate it carefully with a shaving cream. Once you are done shaving the pubic area, make sure to wash it thoroughly again and dry it carefully before wearing any underwear.
- Make sure your razor is sharp enough – by changing them frequently. If your razor is not sharp enough as it should be, it will not cut your hair right, increasing this way significantly the possibility of developing ingrown pubic hairs.
- Shave your pubic area correctly – meaning that you should direct your razor in the same direction as your pubic hair is growing.
- Look for other options – such as laser hair removal or shaving creams instead of just using a razor. Laser hair removal is a long – term solution. Its only problem is that it is quite expensive so not everyone can afford those treatments.
- Also, more than one treatment are required always depending by the area treated and the hair thickness. Every now and then repetitive treatments are required as well, usually every 6 months in order to maintain the desired hairless pubic area.
- If not done by professionals, skin damages can occur such as skin irritations, skin burnings, hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation, scars, etc. Chemical hair removals are also an alternative to shaving your pubic area with a razor.
- However, they can often cause skin irritations which will make them non – preferable by many. Before using these chemical hair removals it is recommended to test them on a small skin surface before using them as needed. Electrolysis, another option available is a permanent or semi – permanent solution for pubic hair.
- However, it is expensive just as laser hair removal and it requires many treatments for a couple of weeks and sometimes months until the desired results are achieved. All this means time and money of course. In semi – permanent results repetitive treatments every now and then are needed.
When to Seek Medical Help?
Ingrown pubic hair is not a serious medical condition and as mentioned it often resolves on its own as the hair finds its way out of the skin. However, in certain cases, professional medical assistance is required, such as (5)
- Your ingrown hair problem has become chronic, meaning that you are constantly dealing with ingrown hair.
- Your ingrown hair has leads to severe infection of the pubic area.
- Your ingrown hair is a result of excessive hair growth which used not to be a problem before.
- Treating and Preventing Ingrown Pubic Hair – http://www.healthline.com/health/treating-preventing-ingrown-vaginal-hair
- Ingrown Hair: Causes, Symptoms, Treatments, Infections – http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/ingrown-hair-causes-symptoms-treatment#1
- How to Treat Ingrown Hairs in the Pubic Area Available at: http://www.livestrong.com/article/180781-how-to-treat-ingrown-hairs-on-the-pubic-area/
- 3 Ways to Prevent Ingrown Hairs on the Pubic Area http://www.wikihow.com/Prevent-Ingrown-Hairs-on-the-Pubic-Area
- What is an Ingrown Pubic Hair Cyst? http://www.newhealthadvisor.com/Ingrown-Pubic-Hair-Cyst.html