Ingrown hair can happen anywhere across the body, including pubic region. This can be very tricky and can be pretty irritating. It happens when the hair gets trapped under the skin, due to shaving, plucking, and cutting the hair. This is usually nothing to worry about and it can be easily solved, but sometimes there are moments where the ingrown hair turns into a cyst.
The Underlying Cause Of Ingrown Pubic Hair
Normally, the hair has its own path through the hair follicle going outside to the skin surface. Sometimes, that path can be disrupted when the hair goes into the skin as opposed to going above it. This growth of the hair causes the inflammation in the skin locally since the skin considers the hair a foreign object and it ends up in inflammation, during which the body’s trying to get rid of the hair. The skin gets red, inflamed, itchy, painful, and it can result in swelling. Sometimes, during this inflammation the inflammation cells and the fluid can go in between the skin layers and can cause papules and pustules. This is when the pus can be present. This area can look like bumps filled with fluid and it can be extremely irritating, itchy and painful. It can even result in hyperpigmentation since the skin can become darker than it was before.
The process of ingrown hair is more common in people with thick, coarse hair that is curly and where the ends of the hair can go downwards to the skin surface. This is susceptible for hair in growing. It can be also more frequent among people who shave the hair and the hair end gets sharp where it can turn its way of growing in the wrong direction.
Ingrown Pubic Hair Cyst
The occurrence of ingrown pubic hair cyst can be a result of an infection. Another sign of an infection is the pus inside the bumps under the skin which means that the green or yellowish pus is a result of a bacteria invasion. This is also followed by common inflammation signs such as redness, pain, swelling and temperature.
How To Treat It?
There is some way you can try to get rid of this pubic ingrown hair. It is nothing to worry about and you should not be ashamed to talk about it or to see a doctor if you feel the need to. The ingrown pubic hair is something that can be solved on its own. Sometimes, if the infection develops, you may need a doctor’s assistance for the infection treatment which can include some creams or antibiotics. Here are some of the things you can do to get rid of ingrown pubic hair.
Stop The Shaving
If the reason behind the ingrown hair is shaving, plucking or waxing, it is advised to stay away from it for some time. This can worsen the inflammation and it can create multiple ingrown hairs which can merge into one big bump and turn into a cyst. It is best to treat the affected area and wait until it gets out of the skin. This will help reduce any irritation.
Remove Dead Skin
This process can help with hair follicle out breaking the skin and getting above and outwards. This can be done with some mild wash or exfoliation with some bath sponge or a soap. There is also a chemical exfoliation where it can be done with certain creams which also gets rid of the dead skin cells other way than mechanically. Retinoids can help with this process. It is advised not to pick the bumps and to stay away from scratching the area.
Before you start using some drugs and other remedies, you might want to try and apply tea tree oil. It has strong antiseptic properties which will stop the inflammation and calm the process. You can mix it with some water and apply to the area. After you wait for a few minutes, you can rinse it with some water.
If you opt for going to the doctor’s, you may end up using certain creams like steroid creams which can reduce the swelling and calm the inflammation. They can also help with itchy feeling and irritation.
If the infection gets serious and the bacteria develops, you may need antibiotics. A doctor can prescribe you some antibiotics which can get rid of the bacteria, and consequently act on inflammation reduction. Sometimes, you may need to talk to the dermatologist if the cyst draining gets complicated. Since there are situations where it can end up in scarring, you may want to consult a doctor about it.
Step By Step Treatment
- First, start by thoroughly cleaning the inflamed area. This can be done by taking a shower with warm water and you can also try with some warm padding which will open the pores. This will give you the opportunity to see the ingrown hair and ease the removal process.
- If the hair follicle feels deeper and it isn’t near the skin surface, try with exfoliation salts during shower prior to this step since it can remove the dead skin cells and clear the path of elimination.
- Dry the area and sterilize the tweezers that you will use in order to prevent any complications such as an infection. You should have an astringent solution with salicylic acid.
- Then, after you have washed your hands and prepared the instruments, you should squeeze the inflamed bump around it and try to get the hair with tweezers.
- After that, apply the salicylic acid solution and pat it to remove any pus or blood if there was any. You can also try with some topical ointments such as Neosporin. This can serve as infection prevention since it will kill all unwanted bacteria. You can apply the astringent again after some time and pat it to clear the area. Let the skin heal by allowing it to breathe.
- Use single blade razors for shaving and always use disposable ones which you get rid of after one use.
- Avoid shaving the hair too close to the skin.
- Wash with warm water prior to shaving to open the pores and ease the process.
- Use lubricating gel to ease the razor glide and to prevent any cut.
- Use short strokes.
- Use cool padding to cool the skin afterwards.