Shaving, waxing or using other methods of pubic-hair removal can increase the chances of developing an ingrown hair 1. The hair becomes ingrown when the tip folds back into the skin and continues to grow. The result is inflammation, irritation, itching, a white-head pimple and sometimes pain. Wearing tight or chafing clothes can also contribute to ingrown hairs by pushing the tip of the hair back into the skin. Several changes in self-care habits can stop ingrown hairs in the pubic area.
Avoiding Ingrown Hairs From Shaving
Soften the skin with a wash cloth soaked in warm water before shaving or other methods of hair removal 1. Place the warm, wet cloth over the skin until the cloth cools.
Wet the skin with warm water for shaving.
Apply a generous amount of shave oil, cream or gel to the area to be shaved.
Shave in a downward motion with a fresh, new razor blade. Shaving against the growth of hair can increase the risk of ingrown hairs. Use the closest setting possible when using an electric razor.
Rinse the razor with water after every stroke to clear the blades of hair.
Rinse the skin after shaving with cool water, and pat dry. Apply a generous amount of aftershave gel, lotion or oil to calm the skin.
Avoiding General Ingrown Hairs
Wear loose-fitting clothing, such as undergarments that do not rub the sensitive pubic hair areas. The most likely area to be affected by chafing clothes is the area between the thigh and the pelvic region.
Exfoliate the pubic-hair region by using a gentle soap and a wash cloth or loofah. Preventing the buildup of skin cells can reduce the risk of a hair tip turning inward.
Apply a hydrating lotion or baby oil to the area after a shower. A drying powder such as cornstarch can also reduce chafing.
When using hair-removing chemicals, try the product in a small area to see how the body responds. The hair may only break off near the surface of the skin, which will increase the risk of ingrown hair.
Use a pre- and post-wax solution when waxing. A pre-wax solution such as rubbing alcohol or a commercial product used in a salon cleanses the area. Post-wax solutions are often made with eucalyptus or tea tree oil.
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