Ingrown Hair on the Private Areas — Men and Women
There’s nothing pleasurable about an ingrown hair on your private areas. It may not seem like a big deal at first, but the pain and discomfort they cause can quickly multiply. If left untreated, these hairs can burrow deep into the skin, leading to infection and excruciating pain. In some cases, the hair may even grow back thicker and darker than before, making it difficult to treat. If you’re struggling with ingrown hairs on your private areas, read on for tips on how to get rid of them fast!
The ugly, small tan or red 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.
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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.
Because it is a common problem that you of course keep under wraps, but which you should be able to manage, we want to educate you about ingrown hairs. In the private areas of both men and women, we are going to talk about ingrown hair, but before that, we’ll talk about it 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 stubborn ingrown hair, growing back into your skin. Pus develops when the region becomes swollen. Because of how swollen it has become and hair that chose to grow inwards, not outwards, even touching that pus-filled area causes pain.
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 are 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 cause “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 become trapped under it. Other causes of an ingrown hair include:
1. When You Wear Tight Clothing
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
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
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, leave the alcohol swab and sterilized tweezers away.
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.
The best way is when the area around the ingrown hair completely heals, then you can pluck it out. If you pluck it out any time before that, the skin will again form over the hair. If you use force to remove, say hello to infection.
3. Remove All Dead Skin Cells
Dead skin cells can be a cause of ingrown hair problems for men and women. The dead skin cells collect on the pubic area, which is why they can become infected and get inflamed. To reduce these dead skin cells, you should first clean the area properly by scraping them off with an exfoliating pad or cotton swab dipped in a gentle body cleanser daily before going to bed. If that doesn’t work, your doctor may prescribe a steroid cream to help remove dead skin cells
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 cup of water, use 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.
During the treatment, you should avoid using sprays, creams, and deodorants. See a doctor right away if you develop a cyst on the location of an ingrown hair, which may pinch a nerve and cause severe discomfort and swelling. It’s possible to get an infection if you try to remove the hair from the region. It can also lead to infection if you don’t treat it right away.
To conclude, 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.https://www.youtube.com/embed/kCuGiupBD6c
How Can We Prevent Ingrown Hair in private areas?
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 mild soap and apply a lubricating shave gel or some shaving cream, to ensure it is designed to be used for ingrown hair on the 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 are 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.
Please note, before having laser hair removal you should speak to your doctor. If you’re pregnant, taking certain medications, such as acne treatments, or skin cancer has been treated or cured you may need to avoid this procedure.
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 them is that they 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 for 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.