Ingrown hair as name suggested hair grew from inside the pores causing a painful inflamed bump or infection, especially in the pubic area. People with sensitive skin are more prone to have this nasty hair.
A hair is ingrown when the tip of the hair gets folded back into the skin at the root instead of an outie like other hair. The hair around the pubic regions are shorter hence can easily be bent back into the skin. So whenever you remove hair in the pubic area by shaving, waxing or cream, you increase the chances of pubes being ingrown.
When a hair gets bent into the skin it clogs the pores forming painful red bumps and pimples because instead of growing outward the hair gets stuck back inside till the roots. This ingrown hair curled back into the hair follicle causes inflammation and irritation of the skin.
Ingrown hair is commonly formed in the pubic region, legs, armpits, neck even face. Ingrown hair is a common condition faced by teens and adults, it can be very irritating and uncomfortable, leading to unsightly and embarrassing skin reactions.
What Causes Ingrown Hair?
The most common causes of ingrown hair are removing unwanted facial and body hair by shaving, waxing, tweezing and many other ways. When you shave hair, several sharp hair heads are left on the skin surface. These tips of hair are so short and close to the skin’s epidermal layer, that they more likely to curl back or grow sideways by getting stuck under the skin causing irritation and inflammation.
These tips of hair are so short and close to the skin’s epidermal layer, that they more likely to curl back or grow sideways by getting stuck under the skin causing irritation and inflammation.
Moreover, the chances of ingrown hair development increase when the hair removal method used is incorrect or the hair is not shaved properly like stripping off or plucking in the wrong direction.
Ingrown hair development also depends on the hair texture, like Hispanics and Africans have thick, curly and coarse hair thus are more likely to develop ingrown hair. Ingrown hair is formed when the hair follicle gets clogged with the skin cells pushing the hair tip to grow sideways.
Friction produced by tight clothing or non-breathable fabric worn for extended periods of time also leads to irritation that causes ingrown hair. This friction is caused by body movements that you do throughout the day in which the hair is rubbed continuously against each other pushing the hair follicle back to turn and grow inside.
How to Prevent and Treat Ingrown Hair?
- Trim any hair tips or portions that are slightly longer with small scissors or an electric trimmer to prevent from stubble to be formed.
- Use a loofah and exfoliate your body at least once a week even in the pubic region to soften the skin and get rid of any sharp tips or debris.
- Moisturize and lubricate your skin to avoid friction that causes hair to coil into the skin.
- Use a cream that contains Salicylic and Glycolic acid, these are known to prevent ingrown hairs, irritation, pimples and razor burn. Use after patting the skin dry.
- A toner also comes in handy as its purpose is to tighten all open pores on the skin. Dabbing a cotton ball full of toner even on the pubes will prevent them from turning and growing back inside.
Home Remedies To Treat Ingrown Hair At Home
- Tea tree oil is a famous bacteria killer, dilute some tea tree oil with water to dab on the affected area to bring down the swelling caused.
- Sugar is a natural exfoliator, mix sugar or coffee granules with some olive oil and honey to form a paste. Apply directly onto the skin in circular motions and then rinse with warm water.
- Baking Soda is said to work for bringing down inflammation so mix it with water to apply on skin and rinse with cold water.