Ingrown pubic hairs can occur with shaving, waxing, or plucking. The hair grows into the skin instead of up to the surface. With this, the hair gets trapped into the skin, and the skin becomes inflamed and painful. For those of us who prefer to be bald ‘down there’, there are a few ways to prevent future ingrown hair growth, and we are going to discuss them below.
Leave the pubic hair alone
To prevent ingrown hairs, you may need to stop doing what is causing the ingrown hair. The cause may be from shaving, waxing, or plucking. Unfortunately, this may not be ideal for those who do not like bushy kitties. The next best thing is laser hair removal because it significantly reduces ingrown hair and can be permanent. Without a complete hair follicle removal, some people experience regrowth within a few months.
If you’ve decided to keep shaving, waxing, or plucking, you may still experience ingrown hairs. Using a warm compress helps to soothe and soften the skin. The heat also helps remove dead skin cells by causing the ingrown hair to emerge to the surface. Here are two ways you can do this:
Place warm compress on the area.
Or, take warm water to wet a washcloth and use it on the affected area using a circular motion.
When you exfoliate, you remove dead skin cells that can trap the hair follicle longer and help ingrown hair to emerge faster to the surface. Before any pubic or body hair removal method, always remember to exfoliate. Here is how you can exfoliate:
Gently wash using the Kushae Gentle 2-n-1 Foaming Wash
Exfoliate around the ingrown hair
When the ingrown hair comes above the skin, use a sterilized tweezer to pull it more to the surface. If the area is not too inflamed, gently pluck the hair out. Do not dig into the skin for the hair; this may result in an infection.
There are other methods to prevent ingrown hairs, for example, medically prescribed creams and electrolysis. Use the preventing ingrown hair method that yields consistent results. If you are worried that you may have an infection, contact your primary physician.