Do you get some sort of bumps after you shave, wax or pluck hair around your vaginal area? If you do, then you must agree that they are annoying things to have down there. Have you also been wondering how to get rid of them or prevent them from happening at all?
Well, you will get to learn one or two things on the prevention and cure of ingrown hair in this article. My wife hates having them down there, so you must believe me when I say, I understand how annoying they could be.
In case you do not know what they are, they are bumps caused by ingrown pubic hairs. What this simply means is that your pubic hair grows right back into the skin, instead of shooting out of the surface as it usually should. It majorly occurs after you wax, shaves or plucks your pubic hair.
Ingrown pubic hair causes bumps which are called papules. These bumps are often round, sometimes small and sometimes filled with pus. The pus-filled types are known as pustules.
Hyperpigmentation may (not always) occur due to this condition. What hyperpigmentation means is that the areas surrounding the ingrown hair may turn darker. The areas may also be itchy or/and painful too.
This article has come to provide a lasting solution to the issue of ingrown pubic hairs. You should stay glued!
How Ingrown Hairs Happen?
When you shave, you will have sharp edges on the hairs due to the sharp cutting that occurred with the hairs. The tips of the hairs in return become sharp, and this makes it easier for the hair to puncture through the skin and then begin to grow inwards.
Similarly, waxing or plucking, which are expected to remove the hair from the follicle, may leave some hairs behind. In the process of plucking or waxing, some hairs may break above or below the surface. The sharp edges left behind may grow back into the skin, leaving you with ingrown hair.
How To Treat Ingrown Vaginal Hair?
Usually, such bumps will go away on their own with time. Treatments are not a necessity. Nevertheless, it may keep occurring because the hairs may continue to grow back into the skin. If you feel the need to get rid of it, these following treatments should help.
1. First, Stop Vaginal Hair Removal
You need to stop the activity that is causing the problem, which is shaving, waxing or plucking of your vaginal hair temporarily, till the bumps go away. If you keep cutting despite the ingrown hair, it will aggravate the problem.
2. Do Warm Compresses
You will need:
- Really warm water
- A bowl
- A washcloth
Get a bowl of warm water, and it should be really warm and not lukewarm. Dip a washcloth inside the water and then squeeze. Place the wet cloth over the area and let it stay for some minutes. You can repeat this about 3 to 4 times in a day.
3. Pull Out The Hair
You will need:
- Tweezers or needle
As the hair begins to grow and shoot out of the skin, you can try pulling it out but gently with sterile tweezers or a needle. Ensure not to pluck the hair wholly, and you only want to give it a pull and not pluck. If you pluck the hair when the area is not healed, the skin will only heal over the hair, and you will be back to square one.
You will need:
- Honey or olive oil
- Warm water
- Baking soda (1 tbsp)
- Water (1 cup)
- Cotton ball
Gently exfoliate the part that has the ingrown hair, you may find this act helping the hair return to where it should be. You can try exfoliating with sugar since it is a natural exfoliator. Combine your sugar and honey or olive oil. In a circular motion, apply the mixture and wash out with warm water.
Or, you can use a tablespoon of baking soda and a cup of water. Apply the mixture on the ingrown hair with a cotton ball. Use cold water to rinse out. Baking soda is a good exfoliator and can reduce inflammation as well.
5. Benzoyl Peroxide Cream
Just as it does for acne, this over the counter cream can dry up the ingrown hair bumps and reduce redness as well.
6. Tea Tree Oil
You will need:
- Tea tree oil
- Cotton ball
Because of its ability to reduce swelling and kill bacteria, tea tree oil may work for ingrown hairs too. Dilute some of the oil with water and apply on the bumps with a cotton ball.
7. Steroid Cream
In a case of inflammation and redness of the ingrown hair, you may need to apply a steroid cream. However, this should only be done with the prescription of your doctor. The cream may help on swelling and irritation.
8. Do not try popping or pricking the ingrown hairs, you do not want to invite bacteria, do you?
Note: Hand washing before and after applying these treatments are highly important. You don’t want to introduce bacteria to the already disturbed area, and neither do you want to spread whatever is already there all around.
How To Prevent Ingrown Vaginal Hair?
The only 100 percent guarantee of not getting ingrown hair is by not shaving at all, which is entirely impossible for some people. With that said, here are some preventive measures you could take:
1. Exfoliating With Salicylic Acid or Glycolic acid
That’s right! It is also a way of preventing ingrown hair. With the use of salicylic acid or glycolic acid as exfoliants, your vagina hair follicles will open up. Hence, hairs won’t get caged in there. Please note that this exfoliation is prevention and not a treatment. So, you shouldn’t use these methods when you already have ingrown hair; they may lead to irritation.
2. Pre-Shave Care
You will need:
- A mild soap
- Shaving cream or gel
- Clean towel
Treating the area you are about to remove hair from may prevent you from developing ingrown hairs. First, use a mild soap to wash the skin area. Apply a lubricating gel or shave cream before you cut. Getting products specially made for sensitive areas is even better. Dry the skin properly before you wear your underwear.
3. Use Special or Single-Bladed Razors
You may try to buy those special razors made to reduce the risk of having an ingrown hair. Single-bladed razors too are a good try.
4. Replace Your Razor Frequently
Dull, old blade won’t give you a precise cut like a sharp blade will. Therefore, you have to change your razor and not use too severely.
5. Shaving In The Direction Of The Hair Growth
When you follow the direction in which the hair grows while shaving, you may be preventing the sharp edges from piercing the skin and turning inwards.
6. Laser Hair Removal Method
This hair removal method does not only help with ingrown hair, but it does so as a lasting solution to the problem. It goes deep to remove the hair, and in the process, it damages the hair follicle. The hair may never grow back.
7. Try Other Non-Razor Hair Removal Options
You can also use chemical hair removers to remove the hair instead of shaving. However, the chemical hair removers may irritate your skin, so it is better to try it firstly on a different part of your skin and see the reactions.
Some creams prescribed reduce hair regrowth, mostly if its usage comes after doing a laser (or other) hair removal treatments.
There are permanent hair removal treatments such as the electrolysis. It destroys the hair root with the use of an electrode. It requires several procedures for weeks or months.
Important notice: If you have not removed any hair from your vagina and you do not see any reasons to have ingrown hairs, please visit your doctor to check it out. They might be something else and not in ingrown hairs.
Did you find this tutorial interesting, and of course, informative? I do hope you did. Knowing how to deal with those bumps down there is an achievement for me, but I don’t know about you.
Have you had or are you having ingrown hairs issues? How did you treat them or how are you dealing with them? Kindly share your comments in the comments box, I will like to know what you think about this article and the topic as a whole.
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