Ingrown Hair: Prevention is worth a pound of cure

Q: Im a 22 year old female and although i dont have alot of hair "down there" i prefer to get rid of it. iv tried waxing epilating and shaving and even tho i exfoliate regularly regardless of the method i use i get huge red bumps and ingrown hair which i cant help but pick at. as a result my whole pubic area is full of scars and scabs. its gross! is there a solution to this?? thankyou!

There are a number of products out there especially designed to help with ingrown hair. One product I've heard especially highly recommended is Tend Skin. There's also a foam product designed especially for the bikini line, and some hydroxy acid pads that would help remove the skin blocking your hair follicles without the irritation of mechanical exfoliation.

But of course, the best way to deal with ingrown hair is to prevent it. You sound particularly prone to ingrown hair, so try to keep the following points in mind:

  • Don't use 'scrubbing' exfoliation when you have ingrown hair … that will just irritate your skin even more.
  • Start over. No matter how much it bugs you, try to let your hair grow out, and wait until all the ingrown hair and scabs have healed before you remove the hair again. Irritated, swollen hair follicles will just create more ingrown hairs if they don't get a chance to heal.
  • Wear looser clothing. If you wear a thong or small bikini underwear normally, switch to boyshorts, or even go commando for a while. Having your clothing rubbing against the skin all the time encourages ingrown hair.
  • Don't pick at ingrown hairs with your fingers … hold a warm compress (like a washcloth soaked in hot water) against your skin, until you can see the hair under your skin, and then carefully free the hair from the skin with tweezers. But don't pull the hair all the way out until the irritation heals.
  • Waxing can make you more prone to ingrown hair than shaving. Stick with shaving, and always use new, sharp razors.
  • Keep your skin moisturized. Dry, tough skin is more prone to ingrown hair.
  • Try using one of the products mentioned above when you do start shaving again, to prevent a recurrence of the problem.

Hope that helps! I've never had a major problem with ingrown hair in that area, but those are tips that have helped friends of mine who did.

One Response to “Ingrown Hair: Prevention is worth a pound of cure”

  1. justme says:

    This might help any woman that shaves in that sensitive area. It is a remedy that was passed along to me a long time ago and it really does work.

    Needed items: 1 -men's deodorant stick – the kind that has the power strip in the middle, not the white type.
    1 – dove stick deodorant, women's

    After you shave in the shower/bath and towel dry. Get the men's stick deodorant and apply in the areas shaved, just like you would your underarm. Then take the women's stick over it.

    It seems that the men's deodorant stick has something in it that closes the pores and stops the nasty razor bump and ingrown hairs before they start. The women's stick afterwards just leaves the area softer as if you applied lotion.

    In order for this to work properly you have to remember to do it right after you towel off. Otherwise it does not work.

    I've been doing this for the past 2 years and haven't had any problems with razor bumps, burn or ingrown hairs in that ohhh so sensitive area.

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