At one point or the other, we all have to deal with irritating hairs in our pubic regions. They are often painful and irritating, it takes very long to heal and can get infected. This happens mostly when a strand of hair become crazy and decide to curl sideways or inwards into the skin.
A study which has over 3000 women as the study group, reported that 84% regularly removed their pubic hair, many women in this study group do a quick trim while 62% go “Barbie” removing all hair.
This removal results in inflamed, red bump. If you belong to the group who consistently remove hair on a regular basis, you are most likely going to slug it out with ingrown hairs.
You have pubic hair for a reason.
Women generally believe removing their pubic hair is a hygienic move. Pubic hair does a lot of protective work, keeping dirt and bacteria at bay and protecting the genitals.
In a study published in the journal of Sexually Transmitted Infections, people who regularly remove their pubic hair have an 80% higher risk of developing an STI.
If you insist on removing your pubic hairs. Avoid the following to prevent developing ingrown hairs.
Put a stop to these four things to avoid dealing with painful pustules
You are waxing and shaving too frequently
It is actually tempting to want to get rid of your pubic hairs as soon as it grows back, you may have issues to contend with on the long run.
Removing hair shorter than ¼ of an inch with a razor blade, create a shaving scenario where the razor blade has nothing to hang on to, instead of pulling hairs out from the roots, hairs break into half, thereby causing irritation, inflammation and set the perfect scene for ingrown hairs. Take a chill pill, allow your hair to grow before waxing or shaving.
Bad shaving technique
Even if you do not agree, there is an acceptable way to shave your pubic area. Never shave dry, always moisturize, coconut oil is a great organic moisturizer.
Moisturizer helps prevent nicks and reduce the risk of an infection. Shave the direction of your hair, otherwise, you risk being caught up under the skin, leading to ingrown hairs.
Take a break after shaving
Do you like “Barbie” shave? Do you completely remove all the hairs in your pubic region? Great, then you need that region to rest and for at least 24 hours. This area at this point is sensitive and vulnerable to infection.
During this break, avoid working out, swimming, a hot shower or sunbathe. These activities will irritate, and make the area vulnerable to infection. After shaving, apply an organic cream, repeat seven days after.
This organic cream will help prevent irritation and bumps. Endeavor to apply this cream immediately after a shower, when your skin is still warm, this facilitates easy absorption into the skin.
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Use a body scrub and exfoliate
As far as ingrown hairs are concerned, a week after shaving or waxing does not put you in the clear. You need to diligently follow a healthy routine to keep irritation and bumps at bay. Using natural scrubs, massage your pubic region in the shower to keep pores unclogged and removed trapped hairs.
Exfoliating is also helpful as it helps the hair grow properly. Apply the ingrown cream regularly, when out of the shower, apply coconut oil as mentioned above, this will keep the area soft, supple and hydrated.
Natural remedies for ingrown hairs
If you are experiencing pain, angst, and irritation of ingrown hair, the following natural remedies will help you ease the discomfort.
Apply a warm compress: prepare a warm compress by wetting a soft cloth with warm water, place it on the inflamed area couple of times in a day for 10 – 15 minutes.
Gently pull the hair out: with the aid of tweezers sterilized with alcohol, gently pull the hair at the tip and pull it out. Clean the area with warm water and soap afterward.
Tea tree oil: Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree oil) found predominantly in Australia has been used for treating many medical conditions. A study showed that Tea Tree oil has potent anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial and antifungal properties, and can speed up healing time. Tea Tree oil is also potent for preventing ingrown hairs, heal secondary Infections which stems from the ingrown hair and prevent future infections.
To use tea tree oil as ingrown hair remedy, apply 20 drops of tea tree oil mixed with 6 ounces of warm distilled water. This combo will open up the skin pores and loosen the ingrown hairs. This should be applied with the aid of a clean washcloth every morning and evening until the area is healed. To treat areas prone to ingrown hairs, apply as a moisturizer by combining 8 drops of tea tree oil to I ounce of shea butter.
Protect your pubic area by moisturizing it using a mixture of organic coconut oil (1/4 cup) and tea tree oil (5 drops). Apply liberally!
Raw honey: Honey has antibacterial properties, it is a natural remedy for irritated and inflamed skin. It brings relief to sore, irritable skin brought about by ingrown hairs. Apply honey liberally to the affected area and allow it to sit for about 25 minutes. Rinse with clean cold water and repeat.
Baking soda: Add little water to baking soda and make a paste, apply the mixture to the inflamed skin with the aid of a clean cotton ball and allow it to sit in for about 5 minutes. Rinse off afterward and pat dry with a clean towel.
Bread and warm milk: This sounds strange, but it will bring you great comfort. Dip a piece of bread into warm milk, place on the inflamed area and allow it to sink for about 15 minutes then remove. Rinse and pat dry afterward using a clean towel. This will eliminate itching, inflammation, and pain.
Coffee: Coffee is a powerful health tonic, it is an excellent remedy for pesky ingrown hair. Mix a teaspoon of coffee with warm water, massage the inflamed area and rinse with lukewarm water. This will improve your skin health and do your pubic hair are a lot of good.
– Oluwatosin Jegede