The reason hairs become ingrown is that they curled as they grew, instead of standing straight up. When they begin growing back in the direction of your skin, they are called ingrown hairs. Your hair follicles may be clogged sometimes, by dead skin or natural oils. This is what causes the hair to grow sideways instead of straight up.
Ingrown hair is sometimes caused by curly hairs being shaved too close to the skin. The end of a hair can pierce your skin. Infections related to pubic hair usually are mild, but they may become serious and painful, and they may recur. If you developed an infected ingrown pubic hair, don’t worry – we’ll talk you through the solution to the problem.
Dealing with Pubic Hair that has become Ingrown & Infected
The skin breached by hair is the focus of your infection at the point of the follicle. A pustule will form, filled with pus, and it results in swelling, pain and itching around the area that’s affected. The pustule appears like a large red blister.
These infections can have symptoms similar to those of diseases that are sexually transmitted, including herpes. They may also resemble inflamed glands or a pimple. Below you’ll find a step-by-step home remedy that can be used to treat infected, ingrown pubic hair.
Disinfect the affected area. Apply alcohol to the pustule or the ingrown hair.
Cover the area of infection with a slightly warm – not hot – washcloth. Continue to cover the area using the washcloth carefully, until the hair that has been ingrown begins to resurface.
Use tweezers to remove that hair, now that it is standing up above the surface of your skin. If it hurts to do this, do not tweeze the hair. Call your physician or dermatologist for a consultation.
Assuming the area did not feel painful when tweezed, remove the hair. Apply an antibiotic cream to the area. Apply the cream for about three days, on the affected area. If your infection doesn’t clear up, visit your physician or dermatologist.
If you can tell by the appearance or pain that the area has a serious infection, do not use tweezers or shave or wax the hair out by the root. This could spread the bacteria, causing the infection to take over a larger area.
To solve the issue naturally, you can use tea tree oil. The anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial properties of this oil are helpful for reduction of swelling and redness, and in fighting off bacteria.
Things to Avoid while your Infection Clears
1 – Popping the Pimples
It’s important for you not to pop or prick your pubic pimples. Otherwise, the pimples can swell up and the infection can become worse. If worst comes to worst and you have to pop the bump, wash your hands well and use a tissue to do the actual popping. This will help you avoid the chance of spreading the bacteria in the area through contact with your fingers, to another body part.
2 – Sponges in the Shower
When you develop infected ingrown pubic hair, don’t use a sponge to exfoliate the skin. If you scrub the skin in the pubic area, which is quite sensitive, you will only further aggravate those pubic pimples.
You can remove ingrown hairs with special waxing products made for just this purpose. However, they are not designed for use on any pimples in the area affected.
3 – Tight Clothes
Until the time when your ingrown hairs are clear of infection, you should avoid wearing tight undergarments or tight pants. In fact, sometimes the reason for the infection is the wearing of tight garments. If this is the case for you, find clothes made using softer materials, to thwart those ingrown hairs.
Prescription Medications used for Infected Ingrown Pubic Hair
In order to manage this condition, your physician may prescribe specific medications to help:
Creams or Pills to Clear up the Infection
Your doctor may prescribe an ointment with antibiotic properties if your infection is mild, or resulted only from scratching the affected area. You may be prescribed oral antibiotics if your infection is more severe.
Creams that Decrease Inflammation & Swelling
Your physician may suggest a steroid cream for this purpose.
Medicines to get rid of Skin Cells that have Died
Tretinoin (also sold as Renova, Retin-A, & other names) is a Retinoid that helps in exfoliation. Just apply it on the skin. It clears away skin cells. This minimizes the thickening and darkening of darker skin. This skin has a higher ingrown hair risk.
Preventing Ingrown Hair
Allowing your hair to freely grow is an easy way to prevent any ingrown hair along the bikini line. This strategy may give you temporary relief in more painful areas.
If you wish to continue shaving, here are some helpful tips:
- Wet your skin with warm water and then apply a mild shave gel to your skin before you shave.
- Use a sharp, single-blade razor.
- Use the minimum number of razor strokes that finish the shave.
- Don’t shave in the direction opposite of the way the hairs grow.
- Rinse the razor after each stroke.
- Bacteria may enter even small places when skin is freshly shaved, so don’t shave too closely in sensitive areas.
This VIDEO will show you how you can shave in a way that prevents ingrown hair.
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