How to Avoid Ingrown Pubic Hairs

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Ingrown pubic hairs are extremely common because the hair in the bikini zone is thicker and curly. When this happens, it means that there's more chance of hair growing back into the skin. Thick hair will create a sharper tip than fine hair and is able to pierce through skin easier, growing into the skin when it shouldn't. Curly hair has a bend that also creates grounds for twisting and turning into the skin.

When these are both combined, you have a high chance of getting an ingrown pubic hair upon hair removal, especially if it's waxed or shaved.

However, that doesn't mean that you have to settle for a hairless section that has bumps, redness, and infection. With a little prevention and know-how, you can have the best of both worlds: smooth hair-free skin without bumps.

How to Prevent Ingrown Pubic Hairs

The first step toward flawless skin is to shave correctly. Using a razor often creates a sharp edge, which makes the hair easier to pierce and point into the skin. To prevent ingrown hair, prime your pubic area before shaving by washing your skin with a mild soap, rubbing a shave cream or gel on, and drying the area after the shave. Ensure that your razor is single-bladed and not dull. Learning how to shave your pubic hair correctly will allow you to get a close shave while avoiding redness, razor burn, and bumps.

If waxing is more your style, you'll want to take some precautions. Sharp edges are common with waxing because hair is often broken above or below the skin's surface when removed. If you're waxing at home, you'll want to make sure that you exfoliate the area that you get waxed at least two days before your service.

You'll also want to hydrate your skin by moisturizing it and experiment with all-natural waxes that aid those with sensitive skin. Take care of any existing ingrown hairs with specially medicated creams like Uni K Wax Roll-On. If you're making an appointment, look online for a reputable salon and technician, or try a waxing-only salon where you should have a much better experience than taking your chances with a random one.

If you're neither married to the idea of shaving or waxing, you can consider using another hair removal method instead. Sugaring, for example, is a method that's much gentler to the skin. The technique uses a paste that removes hair in the direction of growth, unlike waxing, which minimizes hair breakage.

Post Hair Removal Care

Keeping your skin in the right condition will prevent ingrown pubic hairs, regardless of whatever hair removal method you choose to use. The old adage, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," especially rings true in this scenario.

First, you want to exfoliate often. Regularly getting rid of dead skin cells helps keep hairs pointing up. Generally, you should exfoliate the area at least once a week. However, the number of times you should exfoliate per week depends on your skin type, other shaving products you use, how often you shave, and the season at hand.

You can try using an exfoliation product like the Ayate washcloth which can be used with a mild soap or body wash. It's not very pricey, and it is made of natural fibers. In fact, it's more mold-resistant than your standard loofah, and can be easily thrown in with your other wash to keep it fresh.

The second thing is to moisturize frequently. Deodorant soaps, hot water, and cold weather conditions can all cause or aggravate dry skin. Make sure to use a lotion after showering so skin stays soft and pliable. When skin is soft, it's not an easy ground for the hair to break through. Keep hydrated from the inside as well, by drinking water throughout the day, and limiting alcoholic drinks.

Third, watch the clothes you wear. Any type of fitted clothing around your bikini zone can encourage the hair to grow back into the skin.

Finally, you want to keep a bump-fighter on hand, like the Bump Fighter Shaving Kit. Even with the best of intentions, and working to prevent ingrown hair, there may be a couple that falls through the cracks. Not only will this help avoid the bumps, but it will also get rid of the pimples or infections that come along with them.