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What are the Best Ingrown Pubic Hair Treatments?

By Lee Johnson
Updated Mar 03, 2024
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There are many ingrown pubic hair treatments available, and the best options are chemical depilatories, creams, and physical removal. Ingrown hair, technically called psuedofolliculitis barbae, occurs when the hair grows inside the follicle rather than out of it, and results in a sore bump at the affected area. Many people suffer from ingrown hairs, and this problem is more common with thick, coarse hair, like that found in the pubic region.

Ingrown pubic hair generally occurs when the hair has been shaved too closely, resulting in the tip of the hair getting stuck inside the skin tissue. When the hair grows, it pushes in through the skin and becomes embedded. Ingrown hair can also occur when hair grows around and loops back into the skin. This causes a lot of discomfort, and can even result in an infection.

A common treatment for ingrown pubic hair is physical removal. This can be done easily and with household tools. A warm cloth can be applied to the affected area for around 15 minutes, which softens the skin and makes removal of the ingrown hair easier. An alcohol-sterilized pair of tweezers can then be used to pull the hair out of the follicle. This is the least expensive of all the ingrown pubic hair treatments, and it can also be performed with the tip of a needle if tweezers are not available.

Chemical depilatories are another good option for removing ingrown pubic hair. These weaken the hair and make removal easier. Depilatories effectively blunt the tip of the hair that is embedded in the follicle and stop the problem from getting any worse. Due to their chemical content, however, it is not a good idea to apply these treatments more often than every few days.

Tretinoin cream is another treatment, but it should ideally be used in combination with other methods. This cream is used to unclog the follicle, removing dead skin cells so the hair is not as tightly bedded in. After it is applied, the physical removal of the affected hairs can be much easier.

Antibiotics should be taken in combination with physical treatments if a secondary infection has set in. Signs of an infection are abscesses or pustules forming at the site of the ingrown hair. A medical professional will be able to prescribe the relevant antibiotic treatment. Discomfort associated with ingrown pubic hair can be reduced by wearing loose-fitting clothes.

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Discussion Comments
By ysmina — On Feb 20, 2013

A good exfoliation at least once a week with an exfoliating mitten is enough to prevent ingrown hairs. I don't know why people ignore this important step after hair removal and then complain about ingrown hair.

By SarahGen — On Feb 19, 2013
@donasmrs-- I don't know if you can get yourself to do this, but I use a sterilized pin needle to get ingrown hair out.

I burn the tip of a pin to sterilize it and then I softly start digging the bump where the ingrown hair is. It's not painful and usually the ingrown hair emerges after a few tries. I then use a tweezers to pull it out.

I also make sure to clean the area with water and soap afterward. If there has been any bleeding, I apply antibiotic cream.

I know this method isn't for everyone but I've been doing it for years to remove ingrown hairs in the pubic area, as well as my underarms and legs. I can't possibly go to a dermatologist every time for ingrown hair treatments.

By donasmrs — On Feb 19, 2013

I have several ingrown hairs on my bikini area that formed after shaving and waxing. I've tried tweezers but the hairs are way under my skin and I can't get to them. What should I do?

By anon156299 — On Feb 26, 2011

Waxing gets very expensive depending on your rate of hair growth and can cause allergic reactions. Laser and cremes can burn and dry out the skin and also cause permanent discoloration and doesn’t always work for some skin types.

Shaving is the best and most convenient and you don't have to bare your privates to a stranger. When shaving if your hair appears to grow back faster or you get itchy rashes you are using the wrong shaver or razor. Never wet shave as the water swells the cells of the skin and these ride up the shaft of the hair and conceal a good portion of it so the blade cannot cut the lower part. Then the water evaporates and the skin cells deflate and voila – you have what appears to be the illusion of “fast hair regrowth”.

The worst skin rashes, itching and ingrown hairs are due to wet shaving too as you actually remove some of the epidermis along with the hairs. This may be okay for face shaving, where the skin is thicker but, not for “lower down” where the skin type is quite different.

My advice is to use an electric personal shaver and always shave dry. The Hair eRazor works for me and I have bought three of these online for my girlfriends, who had previously had terrible skin itch after shaving and also very painful ingrown hairs. Each shave costs around 2 cents.

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