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.