Ingrown hairs are not discriminatory forming wherever and whenever hair grows. That includes the bikini region, and usually right before your beach day - how inconvenient!
Why? Their appearance is more common post shaving, waxing or plucking. You may notice a small round bump form followed by some pain or itching around that area. Some people will actually notice darker skin around the area, which is simply a form of hyperpigmentation.
Unfortunately, the bikini region is at higher risk of ingrown hairs. Just what we want to hear of course. Those individuals with thick curly hair tend to develop ingrown more frequently. Unfortunately, pubic hair usually has those exact traits being coarser and more often curly.
The unsightly ingrown hairs form when the hair gets trapped, usually from dead skin cells in the hair follicle, forcing the hair to grow sideways or under the skin's surface. When this happens, the body responds to the hair as if it was a foreign object doing everything it can to rid the hair. Then comes the pain, redness, itching and swelling. With the bikini region being more sensitive, the symptoms can usually be worse.
So how do you treat ingrown pubic hairs?
More often than not, it’s best to leave them to allow the body to do its thing.
If however it doesn’t clear up on its own, then you may need to resort to treatment. Please take extra precaution in this region to ensure you don’t make matters worse. Here’s some of our top tips:
- Never scratch, pitch, or dig at an ingrown which will only aggravate the situation and could result in an infection or scar.
- Apply a warm cloth, gently rubbing in a circular motion over the ingrown in the hope of freeing the trapped hair by removing dead skin cells that may be blocking it..
- If you can see the hair close to the surface, use a sterile tweezer or needle to gently pull it through. Again, do not dig!
- Use cream or soothing moisturiser such as an oatmeal remedy to reduce redness and inflammation.
- Please ensure to see a doctor if the ingrown hair becomes infected or refuses to heal.