Ingrown Hair on the Private Areas — Men and Women
Ingrown hair are just one out of the many things you have to deal with after puberty hits you. Both men and women are susceptible to getting ingrown hair. For women it is an ingrown hair on the vagina, for men it is an ingrown hair on the penis (or surrounding areas). Seeing ingrown hair on your private area can be an irritating nightmare. The ugly, small tan or reddish bump under the skin is like receiving a stain on a newly washed shirt. Finding an ingrown hair sucks big time. You have shaved the entire area and a few days later, you feel the pain both physically and mentally by seeing the culprit.
Even though you can remove the ingrown hair, what will you do when it turns into a painful sore like a boil?
When a cut on your private areas causes you to scream out in pain, just imagine how much a sore would hurt then?
Don’t shy away from this because it is perfectly normal to experience an unwanted ingrown hair on inner thigh, vagina, penis, and buttocks.
Before we tell you how to eliminate embarrassing ingrown hair on the private areas of your body, we want to give you the notebook definition of what exactly an ingrown hair is.
Ingrown hair curls around and grows back into your skin or occurs when dead skin clogs up the hair follicle, forcing the hair to internally grow sideways under your skin instead of riding upwards and outwards from your skin.
We want to educate you about ingrown hairs, as it’s a widespread problem, one that you obviously keep on the down low, but should know how to deal with it. We are going to discuss ingrown hair on the private areas of both men and women, but before that, we will talk about ingrown hair in general.
Where Do Men and Women Experience Ingrown Hairs?
The different areas ingrown hair grows on women include:
· Ingrown Hair on the Pubic Area
· Ingrown Hair on Labia
· Ingrown Hair Bikini Line
· Ingrown Hair on Vagina Lips
· Ingrown Hair on Inner Thigh
· Ingrown Hair on Buttocks
The different areas ingrown hair grows on men include:
· Ingrown Hair on Penis
· Ingrown on Scrotum (Men call the Balls)
Why Are Ingrown Hair Painful?
When you shave or tweeze hair, the result is a stubborn ingrown hair, growing back into your skin. When the area becomes swollen, pus develops. Even touching that pus-filled spot causes pain due to how sore it has become and trapped inside it is a hair that decided to grow inwards, not outwards. The cyst that develops on your skin can be soft, hard, large, or small.
They can either develop near the surface of the skin and look like a yellow or white colored pimple or develop under your skin. In most cases, cysts are not painful, unless they become infected, meaning filled with pus. Signs that the site of your ingrown hair has become infected is when it becomes tender, itchy, and red.
How Do We Get Ingrown Hair?
Although anyone can get an ingrown hair, people with curly or coarse hair tend to experience it more often. Sex hormones produced at a high rate in the body can cause excessive hair growth, thus increasing the likelihood of them getting ingrown hair. Shaving, tweezing, and waxing also causes “razor bumps” as they are often referred to, on your private area such as the pubic area. When the hair grows back, it has a sharper edge, causing it to poke inwards through the skin and becoming trapped under it. Other causes of an ingrown hair include:
1. When You Wear Clothes that Are a Size Too Small For
Tight clothes and synthetic fabrics suffocate your skin, giving it no breathing space. If you wear polyester underwear, nylon leggings, and skinny jeans, you are sending an open invitation to ingrown hair. While we won’t take away your right to wear tight clothes, we do recommend you wear clothes and undergarments made from cotton to give your skin the space it needs to breathe.
2. When You Tug Your Skin with a Razor
When you hold the razor too close to your legs, you are scraping your skin, thus increasing your chances of developing ingrown hairs. If you are using a dull razor, not only will it cause irritation, but will lead to ingrown hairs as well. What can you do to prevent this from happening? Well, you can start by holding the razor correctly and avoid using a dull razor to shave your private area. If you really want to minimize the development of ingrown hairs, go for waxing. Okay, we know that waxing is not everyone’s cup of tea so we have come up with an alternate solution — use a thick shave gel and a sharp razor, discarding it after using it six to eight times.
3. When You Shave or Wax in the Wrong Direction
For men and women who shave or wax their private region, notice the direction you shave or wax. If you are shaving or waxing in the wrong direction, you are throwing a party for ingrown hairs to develop in your private region. We want you to lather the area, using either a pre-shave gel or cream, to soften the stubble and then shave or wax in the right direction, which is removing hair in the opposite direction of the hair growth.
4. When You Forgo Exfoliating Your Skin after Removing Your Hair
Once you have removed the hair from your private areas, exfoliate the area after 48 hours or two days. After two days pass, we get lazy and say, “Who’s going to exfoliate?” When we get ingrown hairs that turn into painful spots, we promise ourselves the next time we remove our hair, we will exfoliate, but that day never comes.
We don’t blame you for forgoing exfoliating, but we will encourage you to please exfoliate your skin after hair removal. Trust us, you will notice a difference in the number of ingrown hairs growing under your skin after hair removal. You can use a loofa with an antiseptic body wash, containing skin-friendly ingredients, to exfoliate your skin, moving it in a circular motion to close the pores and prevent ingrown hair.
5. When You Have Coarse or Curly Hair
We briefly mentioned this, but will do it again, as it is one of the main causes of ingrown hairs in both men and women. If you have coarse or curly hair, do not use tweezers or use fingernails to pick at the ingrown hair to remove it. We suggest you use an alcohol swab and sterilized tweezers to remove the ingrown hair that is above the surface of your skin. If it is infected, put the alcohol swab and sterilized tweezers away.
Don’t worry, we won’t leave you hanging because next up, we are going to tell you how to treat ingrown hair.
How Can We Treat Ingrown Hair?
If you spot an ugly ingrown hair on your private areas, you just want to remove it, please do not go berserk on it, clawing at it with your fingernails or a sharp tool, but remove it following these treatment methods:
1. Apply a Warm Compress on the Area
Use a soft toothbrush or washcloth soaked in warm water. Apply the warm compress on the site of the ingrown hair for 10 to 15 minutes several times each day. The warm compress method will bring the cyst closer to the surface of the skin, allowing it to drain. For trapped hair under your skin, warm compresses will grow it out
2. Pull Out the Ingrown Hair
Warm compresses will make the hair grow out of your skin and come up to the surface. When this happens, use either a sterilized needle or tweezers to gently pull out the hair. You are not removing the hair, but are just bringing it up to the surface.
When the area around the ingrown hair completely heals, you can pluck it out. If you pluck it out any time before that, skin will again form over the hair. If you use force to remove, say hello to infection.
3. Remove All Dead Skin
To remove the dead skin, we want you to wash the area of the ingrown hair and exfoliate it to invite it back up to the skin’s surface. If removing the dead skin does not work, your next stop the doctor.
4. Use Creams to Remove Ingrown Hair
You can use over the counter treatments to remove an ingrown hair such as chemical depilatories, topical creams, and topical antibiotics. You can use anti-inflammatory creams to stop itching. Prolonging the use of anti-inflammatory is not recommended, as it can cause side effects. If medication is not controlling the growth of ingrown hairs or the issue has worsened with time, you need to see your doctor, asking him/her for a more permanent solution to your problem.
In addition to this, you can also give home treatments a try. You can use tea tree oil to eliminate the bacteria and decrease the swelling. You can use sugar and honey to exfoliate the area, applying it in a circular motion and then washing it off with warm water. Baking soda also works as an effective exfoliator. Combine one tablespoon of baking soda with one cups of water, use a cotton to apply it to the area, and wash it off with cold water.
5. Visit Your Doctor
If any of the aforementioned methods do not work, visit your doctor. We suggest you visit a dermatologist. Your doctor will recommend you a few treatments options to remove ingrown hair and minimize its growth such as topical creams or oral medications.
If your issue is that you have excessive pubic hair, your doctor will run a few tests to determine the reason for unusual hair growth. You should stop using any kind of sprays, lotions, and deodorants during the treatment. If you formed a cyst on the spot of the ingrown hair, as it can pinch a nerve causing severe pain and inflammation, see a doctor right away. If you try to remove the hair from the area, it can cause an infection. If you delay treating it, it can also cause an infection. Here are some of the questions you can expect your doctor to ask you:
· When did you start noticing ingrown hair?
· How frequently have you been experiencing ingrown hair?
· How severe has the problem of ingrown hair become?
· Have you taken any steps to minimize the growth of ingrown hairs such as taking OTC medication?
· Is there anything you do that seems to increase the number of ingrown hair you experience?
· What type of razor do you use to shave and how often do you shave?
· Have you used any other type of hair removal technique?
Please do visit the doctor if you experience any symptoms of ingrown hair, see a cyst, or the beginning of an infection. Given, you will find a host of videos online, teaching you the “safe removal” of an ingrown hair, but do not, and we repeat, do not follow their advice.
The DIY method to remove your ingrown hair is a no-no from our side. Your DIY method can cause an infection or possibly scarring if you rupture the pus-filled sac trapping the hair. Worse, if the nerve is not pinched already, it can pinch your nerve, causing severe pain.
How Can We Prevent Ingrown Hair?
Once you have dealt with the problem of ingrown hair, you need to prevent it. Here are some ways you can prevent ingrown hair:
1. Prepare the Private Areas for Shaving or Waxing
Wash your private areas with a mild soap and apply a lubricating shave gel or cream, ensure it is designed to be used for ingrown hair on pubic area. Shave the area and then dry it completely before you wear your undergarment and pants.
2. Shave with a Single-bladed Razor
Look for single-bladed razors designed to minimize the growth of ingrown hair. You might be able to find special razors, meant for women and men who experience ingrown hair more frequently than others. Do remember to discard your razor after using it several times.
3. Go for Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is a costly process, but may be worth it if you have tried everything in the book, but nothing has worked to prevent ingrown hair from returning to haunt you. It is a long-lasting and effective solution, one you should seriously consider if you have reached your boiling point and are fed up with seeing the return of ingrown hair.
Laser hair removal involves removing the hair follicle by damaging it and preventing it from returning. The duration of the treatment differs from person to person depending on their hair growth. It may take weeks or months to remove and eliminate the hair completely. However, two downsides of laser hair removal is that it is not effective on women and men with blond hair or extremely light-colored hair and is semi-permanent, meaning hair can return again.
4. Go for Chemical Hair Removal Methods
Chemical hair removal methods are effective in removing the hair from your private regions, but the only disadvantage to using it is that it can cause skin irritation. Before you spread the chemical hair remover on your entire pubic area, test it on a small patch of your skin on your arm for instance.
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The skin on your private areas is more sensitive than the skin on your leg or arm, which is why some may still feel irritation even after using it on another part of their body and not experiencing any symptoms. Apart from hair remover creams, you can use prescription creams to decrease hair growth.
If you have undergone laser hair removal, you can use prescription creams to reduce hair growth. If you are looking for a more permanent option to hair removing creams and laser hair removal, go for electrolysis. Electrolysis, a permanent hair removal method, uses an electrode to eliminate the hair follicle from its root. You will have to undergo several treatments that can last from a few weeks to months.