Ingrown pubic hairs can be a real pain! Thankfully, it is not difficult to solve the problem quickly once you know how. The following advice notes will explain.
Let’s first get some background to this problem. The proper name for ingrown hair is Pseudofolliculitis Barbae (PFB). They can also be referred to as shaving bumps, hair bumps, razor burn, razor bumps, or just simply ingrowns.
The condition known as Pseudofolliculitis Barbae refers to hair that grows out of surrounding tissue rather than straight out through the hair follicle. This is because it has either been broken off or cut below the level of the skin. Some hair is naturally curly and instead of growing out it curls back and starts growing into the skin causing irritation and even inflammation.
Shaving removes the natural tapered end of a hair making it sharp and capable of cutting through skin. This is what happens sometimes so the sharp hair penetrates surrounding skin causing irritation.
The skin in the genital area is thinner and more sensitive than other parts of the body so when hair is pulled out or shaved off, the skin can react and create conditions for ingrown hairs.
Here’s an article on how to cure and prevent ingrown pubic hairs in the future:
Hold a hot compress over the affected area three times a day, for about 10 minutes per session. This will soften the skin and the hairs will naturally work their way out.
Tight fitting clothing can cause a problem after a hair removal session as it can put pressure on the skin and cause hair to grow in unusual ways. So wear loose-fitting clothing while you are treating the ingrown hair and especially after your next hair removal session.
Exfoliating the area before waxing can help as this takes away some of the dead skin cells which accumulate and which can contribute to causing hairs to be trapped.
Exfoliating options include creams, lotions, or body gels, a slightly abrasive washcloth or glove specifically designed for exfoliation. Check at the beauty counter at your local department store.
If you are already suffering with ingrown pubic hairs, then avoid exfoliating the skin as this may only make matters worse.
Avoid breaking the hair below the surface of the skin if you use waxing or sugaring hair removal methods. Practice so you can take the hair out in one pull back right from the root. Of course, if you find pubic areas difficult to treat with hair removal you can always pay a professional at a beauty clinic.
For ingrown hairs which are deep, sterilize a pair of needle-nosed tweezers with rubbing alcohol and individually lift each ingrown hair out of its follicle. Wipe the area with alcohol afterwards and shave.
You can use a pin or needle if you don’t have a pair of needle-nosed tweezers. Be sure though to sterilize the pin or needle with the rubbing alcohol first and use only the tip of the pin or needle to release the trapped hair. Follow up again with the rubbing alcohol this time over the area of the ingrown hair.
As pubic hair removal is now a popular procedure with men and women, there will always be the risk of ingrown pubic hair after a waxing or shaving hair removal session. Following the guidelines outlined above will cure the problem within a few days and go toward preventing it developing again in the future.