Ingrown Pubic Hair (Painful, Infected, Deep, Pubes): Treatment, Removal, Prevention

People often get ingrown pubic hairs after waxing, shaving or plucking.  Ingrown hairs are basically hairs that have curled back into the skin rather than up to surface. Normally, a red bump known as a papule will result. Pain and swelling indicate infected ingrown hairs and are characterized by painful, pus-filled raised spots referred to as pustules.

Ingrown hairs are quite irritating and painful sometimes. The good thing is that there are many removal options to consider. This article is detailed on how to get rid ingrown pubic hair causes and prevention.

Causes and symptoms of ingrown pubic hair

Before we can look at how to treat an ingrown pubic hair, it is necessary that we know its causes and symptoms. The fact is that there are many causes of bumps in the pubes.

Causes

Pubic hair originates deep in the skin and exits through pores known as hair follicles. After shaving or any other hair removal method, the cut hairs usually rise from the skin surface without any complication. Ingrown hairs arise when the cut hairs grow sideways and curl back into the skin. If infected, they become painful and filled with pus. Habits such as plucking pubic hairs cause deep ingrown pubic hairs on pubes and bikini area.

Risk factors

  • Clogged hair follicles due to dead skin
  • Curly or thick hair
  • Shaving too deep
  • Shaving against the gradient
  • Plucking pubic hairs
  • Waxing, tweezing or laser hair removal
  • Irritation such as caused by friction from tight clothes

Symptoms

Ingrown hair bumps resemble pimples. Most of them are red, painful and filled with pus. Pus formation can be caused by bacterial invasion or by body’s attempt to get rid of the ingrown hair. Hard bumps not filled with pus may also form. Other symptoms may include;

  • Hyperpigmentation (darkening of skin around the bump)
  • Itchiness
  • Swelling

These symptoms are usually benign. It is very rare for an ingrown hair to cause serious problems. The problem is that ingrown hairs on pubes and bikini area can be quite embarrassing and generally unlikable. Ingrown beard hair in male can also become chronic if not addressed.

How to get rid of ingrown pubic hair at home

One of the easiest removal methods for ingrown hairs is use of a needle or tweezers. It follows the following process;

  • Choose a sharp needle or a tweezers
  • use a sterilizing agent or leave either in boiling water for 5 minutes
  • soak a small piece of towel in warm water
  • rinse the towel and press it against the ingrown hairs for about 3 minutes
  • release the trapped hairs one by one using the needle or tweezers
  • repeat the warm compress if the hairs aren’t easily released

This method is quite effective but not efficient for multiple or deep ingrown pubic hair. Avoid forcing the ingrown hairs out when using this removal method. Instead, repeat the warm compress to bring the hairs closer to the surface.

How to treat deep ingrown pubic hair

Deep ingrown pubic hair removal poses a challenge since you must first strive to get the hairs closer to the surface as much as possible.

In this case, warm compress alone will not be effective enough. The following steps may be of better results;

  • Take a hot bath or apply warm compress for 5 minutes. Remember to squeeze dry the towel before compressing it on the affected area.
  • Preferably, take Epsom salts bath. It works by breaking the skin enclosing an ingrown hair and reducing swelling.
  • After patting dry, apply salicylic acid. The acid is available in astringent solution form over the counter. It softens the skin covering the ingrown hairs.
  • Using sterilized tweezers or a sharp needle, pull the end of the trapped hairs. Squeezing the base of the bump may help force the hair towards the surface.
  • Clean any blood or pus on the skin and let the area dry. Air drying is preferable but not a must.
  • Use a cotton ball to apply salicylic astringent solution several times a day. Don’t use salicylic acid on already formed ingrown hair bumps.

If the deep ingrown hairs are not responsive to this treatment, don’t pull or pluck them in the attempt. In fact, pulling at the hairs will lead to complications such as pain, swelling and pus formation.

How to treat an infected ingrown pubic hair

An infected ingrown pubic hair requires a bit more attention. For one, it can lead to scarring if not correctly removed. It can also spread infection. Below are tips for how to fix and treat infected ingrown pubic hair;

  • Postpone hair removal plans. Infected ingrown hairs are usually painful. Almost all hair removal methods will aggravate skin irritation and even worse introduce or spread bacteria.
  • Avoid trying to release the trapped hairs with tweezers or needles. This usually causes scarring and spreads infection.
  • Wash the affected area with warm water and a mild soap. Warm water helps reduce swelling and softens the skin. This encourages ingrown hairs to rise up to the surface. It also draws pus closer to the surface where it can drain. You can also warm compress on the ingrown hairs rather than washing. Repeat the process about 5 times a day.
  • After washing, pat dry and apply a moisturizer. This reduces the risk of scarring and damage to the skin.
  • Apply a topical antibiotic on the affected area after washing and drying. Topical antibiotics are available over the counter. A better approach however is to have your doctor prescribe them for you. For example, gels and creams that may work for ingrown hairs on legs may not work for infected or chronic ingrown hairs in sensitive pubes and bikini areas. In such cases, oral antibiotics will be required.
  • Ask your doctor about retinoids. These are prescription forms of vitamin A that excel in removing dead skin cells. Retinoids are also preferred when treating hyperpigmentation caused by ingrown hairs.
  • Consider medical treatment if these alternatives are not without any improvements.

How to get rid of ingrown pubic hair with home remedies

Some natural treatments and home remedies have for long been used when it comes to hard, infected and painful ingrown hairs in both male and female. When using natural remedies for ingrown hair, it is important to note that they have not been verified. It is therefore necessary to opt for other alternatives if you don’t see improvements. Avoid using unverified remedies for how to remove ingrown hair on face to avoid scarring.

Warm compress

This is perhaps the most popular natural treatment for ingrown hairs. It is quite simple and straightforward. All you need is a small towel or a piece of cloth and warm water. Soak the piece of cloth in the warm water, squeeze to dry and press it against the affected area for 3-5 minutes. This is supposed to soften the skin, reduce inflammation and draw pus closer to the surface.

Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammation properties. You can use a cotton ball or a Q-tip to apply it directly. Wait for 30 minutes and rinse with warm water. Other than tea tree oil, essential oils such as rosemary oil, lime oil, eucalyptus oil and garlic oil can also be used. Always remember to dilute essential oils with carrier oils such as coconut oil or olive oil before use. This is because essential oils can sometimes irritate sensitive skins. Essential oils are also effective ingrown hair armpit home remedies. This is because they are known to soothe irritated skin as well as fight bacteria that may be feeding on sweat in armpits.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a skin soother. Apart from that, it helps fight bacterial infections. You can apply aloe Vera gel bought from the stores but preferably fresh gel from the aloe Vera plant itself.

Exploitation

Exfoliation aims at getting rid of dead skin cells that may be clogging hair follicles and resulting in ingrown hairs. Remedies that can be used for exfoliation include;

  • Warm baths – the simplest exfoliation method is taking warm baths before shaving and regularly after hair removal.
  • Salicylic acid or glycolic acid– these products are best used to prevent ingrown hairs. Otherwise, they may irritate the skin further. Avoid them if ingrown hair hurts.
  • Moisturizers – moisturizers that contain no grease work by preventing dry skin and getting rid of dead skin cells.
  • Baking soda – applying a solution of baking soda (1 tablespoon) with 1 cup of water on ingrown hairs reduces inflammation and gets rid of dead skin.
  • Sugar – sugar works by keeping the skin moisturized and free from dead skin cells. The best way to use sugar for exfoliation is mixing it with olive oil or honey. After application, wait for sometimes and rinse clean with warm water.

How do you stop ingrown hairs?

So far, we have majored on how to cure ingrown hair. but how do you stop them? Below are tips that can help;

  • Don’t force it when shaving. This can cause hair breakage and result in ingrown hairs. A better approach is to trim the hair with a pair of scissors before shaving.
  • Take a hot shower, preferably with Epsom salts. This softens the coarse and curly pubic hair before shaving.
  • Use any of the above discussed exfoliation methods to avoid clogging of hair follicles. You can for example apply a lotion containing salicylic acid after shaving.
  • Use a shaving cream rather than soaps or shampoos. Before applying the shaving cream, apply lubricating oil on pubes.
  • Learn more about good shaving techniques such as shaving along rather than against the gradient.
  • Wear loose pants or cotton underpants. They encourage air circulation which in turn discourages bacterial accumulation.
  • Avoid plucking, picking or pulling at infected ingrown hairs. This will not only spread infection but also cause scarring. It can also cause chronic ingrown hairs.

As you can see, ingrown hair prevention is mostly about observing good hair removal techniques. When not necessary, avoid shaving, waxing or plucking your pubic hair. When necessary, remove the hairs correctly. The good this is that many online forums contain details on how to correctly shave.

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