The hairs that have curled instead of rising straight up and have started growing back into the skin are termed as ingrown hairs. Hair follicles can sometimes be clogged by dead skin. This results in the growth of the hair under the skin in a sideways direction instead of the usual outward and upward direction. Ingrown hair can also sometimes be caused if the natural curly hairs are cut too closely and the sharp end of the hair pierces the skin. Infected ingrown pubic hair can cause a great deal of pain. Although the infections caused by ingrown pubic hair are mild in nature, they can sometimes become painful, serious and repetitive. If you have infected ingrown pubic hair or ingrown hair on bikini line swollen, worry no more, here’s how to deal with it.
How to Deal with Infected Ingrown Pubic Hair
The entrance of the bacteria into the skin that has been breached by the hair marks the start of the infection in the ingrown hair at the hair follicle.
Formation of a pus-filled pustule, itching, swelling and pain in and around the affected area are telltale signs of an infected ingrown pubic hair. The pustule formed looks like a big red blister. Such an infection can present symptoms that are similar to that of sexually transmitted diseases like herpes or other conditions like a pimple or an inflamed gland.
You can use a simple home remedy for treating infected ingrown pubic hair. Disinfect the area by applying alcohol to the ingrown hair or pustule.
Now cover the top of the infected area with a warm washcloth. Keep on covering the area with the warm washcloth until the ingrown hair resurfaces.
Using tweezers, remove the hair once it is completely above the skin surface (if this seems too difficult or hurts too much, don’t tweeze it!). Follow this up by applying a topical antibiotic cream. Keep on applying the cream for few days to the same area. Visit a doctor immediately if the infection persists.
Don’t shave or make use of tweezers or waxing for removing the hair from the root if it becomes clear to you that the infection in the area is very serious. You would end up spreading the bacteria and aggravating your problem if you employ any of these methods for removing the hair. If you want to solve your problem through natural means then it is best to apply some tea tree oil to the area. The antiseptic, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of the tea tree oil will help you in reducing the redness, swelling and fighting the bacteria.
What to Avoid During Your Recovery Period
1. Tight Clothes
Until your ingrown hairs have been completely cured, it is important that you avoid wearing any tight trousers or undergarments. If wearing tight clothes is the reason for the frequent development of ingrown pubic hairs on your pubic region then it is best for you to buy clothes that have been made using a softer material to thwart ingrown hairs.
2. Shower Sponge
If you have swollen ingrown pubic hair then you must not use a shower sponge for the purpose of skin exfoliation. You will aggravate the pubic pimples even more if you start scrubbing the sensitive skin of the pubic region. Ingrown pubic hairs can be removed using specialized waxing products available in the market but they must not be used if there are pubic pimples on the pubic region.
It is important that you avoid popping the pubic pimples or pricking them because if you do then they will swell up and become more infected. If popping the bump becomes inevitable then wash your hands first and pop it by taking a piece of tissue in your hand. This can help in avoiding the chances of spreading bacteria in the inflamed area through your fingers.
Medications for Infected Ingrown Pubic Hair
For managing your condition, you physician might prescribe the certain medications to you:
Medicines that can discard the dead skin cells
Tretinoin (Retin-A, Renova, others) is a type of Retinoid which when applied on skin can help in exfoliation (clearing of dead cells from skin). This can minimize the darkening and thickening of dark skin, which has a higher risk of ingrown hairs.
Creams to decrease swelling and inflammation
A steroid cream might be suggested by your physician.
Pills or creams to manage infection
You physician might prescribe an antibiotic ointment for infections of a mild nature that result from the scratching of the affected area. Oral antibiotics are recommended by the doctor in case of severe infections.
How to Prevent Ingrown Hair
Letting you hair grow feely is one of the easiest ways of preventing the development of ingrown hair on bikini line. Trying this strategy can help you in finding temporary relief from some of the more painful spots.
The following shaving tips can come in handy if you want to keep on shaving:
- Make use of a single-bladed, sharp razor
- Make use of a gel and before applying it use warm water to wet your skin
- Never shave in the opposite direction the hairs are growing
- Make use of minimum razor strokes to complete the shave
- Each stroke must be followed by rinsing of the razor
- Since bacteria can enter through the small openings in freshly shaved skin, it is better not to shave the area too closely.
How to Shave Properly to Avoid Ingrown Hairs:
Laser removal, electrolysis or using depilatory creams are some of the other hair-removal methods which do not result in the development of ingrown hairs.