How to Prevent Ingrown Hairs in Bikini Area
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If you shave, wax, or use another method to remove pubic hair may be more prone to ingrown hairs. Ingrown pubic hairs can also be due to wearing tight clothing that rubs and irritates the skin. People with curlier or coarser pubic hair are more likely to experience ingrown hairs.
How long do ingrown hairs last in the pubic area?
Ingrown hairs take anywhere from one month to six months to go away on their own, per the words of a dermatologist.
Treating and Preventing Ingrown Pubic Hair
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To prevent ingrown hairs, try these tips when you shave:
- Rub the area in a circular motion every day using a wet washcloth or an exfoliating scrub to tease out ingrown hairs.
- Wet your skin with warm water before shaving, and use a lubricating gel (olive oil is best for shaving down there).
- Shave with a sharp single-bladed razor and make sure you shave with the grain (in other words, shave in the same direction your hair grows)
- Moisturizing helps keep your skin less prone to dryness and irritation, and can sometimes aid with exfoliation to prevent a buildup of dead skin on top of a follicle, which increases the odds the hair will get trapped. (Our pink clay mask helps with all these problems listed in this bullet)
What is the best treatment for ingrown hair?
If you suffer from ingrown hairs in your bikini area then consider the following:
- Stop removing the hair in that area. Stop waxing, shaving, or plucking the hair in that area until the ingrown hair goes away.
- Using a product that helps remove dead skin cells. Retinoids applied to your skin, such as tretinoin (Renova, Retin-A, others), help with clearing dead cells from your skin (or you can using a natural exfoliation method).
- Use creams to reduce inflammation. Your doctor may suggest a steroid cream.
- Consider antibiotic creams or pills to control infection if your ingrown hairs are infected.
The best treatment for ingrown hairs is exfoliation. There are a few ways you can exfoliate, but exfoliation via acid (chemical peel) is the easiest (and fastest) route. The acid in moisturizers and pre-soaked pads loosens the outermost layer of skin cells and works to both prevent and treat ingrown hairs.
If you use acids (chemical peels) in your skin care routine (think: lactic, glycolic, salicylic, etc.), you can also use them to help surface ingrown hairs. After a shower or cleanse, apply the acid for 30 seconds to a minute to let it start working on unclogging those pores.
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