Most young men, by the time they are in college, are removing some and even all of their pubic hair. Fact is, opinion counts, and when you want to impress and be successful, you will do what it takes. With swimsuits getting smaller and pants tighter, more than eighty-percent of these college students would have removed some or all of their pubic hair. Yes, removing pubic hair certainly has its health benefits but stripping the pubic area of all of its hair can have some nasty repercussions. Aggressive forms of removing hair can often lead to tiny cuts and abrasions, causing infections to often occur. If a particular hair removing technique was to cause the skin to split and open, such an open cut could serve as an open invitation for an infection to develop and take over your health and appearance.
Infection needs a doctor
Ingrown hairs can appear anywhere on our bodies but mostly the eyelids, arm pits, pubic area or legs. The hairs that are tighter; curlier; these are more prone to problems. When this hair is cut, the cut edge can be quite sharp. Because it comes from a tighter, curlier hair shape, the hair can simply turn back and grow into the skin. You can experience some pain; your body might start to treat this ingrown hair as a foreign invader. If the area becomes infected, you can expect to have lesions filled with pus that itch and throb with pain. Some men will be able to avoid the infection but often the red bumps linger and linger. Not all the red bumps that appear on the shaft of the penis or at the tip are caused from ingrown hairs. Fact is, genital herpes outbreaks look just like ingrown hair. Penile cancer is another problem. You need to find out exactly what your diagnosis is from your doctor. If it is an ingrown hair cyst that is infected, your doctor will lance and drain the lesions and give you some antibiotics so as to stop the infection from spreading.
Uninfected ingrown hair can be treated at home
If your ingrown hair on penis is not infected, you might be able to treat the bumps at home. Some things to try:
Applying warm compresses to the troubled area
Making use of an antiseptic soap or a scrub that will remove the dead skin
Trying to grasp the ingrown hair with a tweezer and pulling the hair out gently
Wearing loose underclothes after treating so as to allow the area to heal
Men can avoid future problems by rather opting to use scissors to trim back pubic hair rather than shaving the area. The scissors doesn’t cut as close as the razor and also doesn’t abrade the skin like a razor can do. Some men might not like using a scissor as it does not cut the hair close enough to the skin, but it might be worth the risk to avoid infections and pain. If you are determined to shave, opt for a good shaving cream and maybe a single-bladed razor. The cream will lubricate the skin and soften the hair, allowing for easier removal of the hair and making it less likely to turn inwards. To prevent an ingrown hair from developing, shave along the grain of hair. This means shaving in the same direction as the growth of the hair.
Likely reasons for occurrence of ingrown hair
Some chronic ingrown hairs that appear on the penis or the face, even the beard area can be linked to your genes. Those with coarser, curlier hair are more predisposed to this problem after shaving. Some people have excessive sex hormones, sometimes leading to excess hair growth and more ingrown hair after shaving. WebMD says that “Many African-Americans, Latinos, and people with thick or curly hair develop a type of ingrown hair called pseudo folliculitis.” Pseudo folliculitis barbae is also known as razor bumps. (http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/ingrown-hair-causes-symptoms-treatment#1)
People with dry skin are also more prone to ingrown hairs. When you have dry skin, there are dead skin cells which can cover the pores, preventing the hairs from surfacing. If you are someone who has chicken skin or keratosis pilaris, you are also prone to ingrown hairs. Keratosis pilaris is a genetic condition. When you have this condition, your skin will produce red or brown bumps caused from too many dead skin cells.
Some natural solutions to try at home
Warm compress: Use soft clean cloth and dip in hot water, placing on affected area for about 10 minutes. Repeat a few times until the swelling subsides.
Tweezers: With steady hands, remove ingrown hair with tweezer after cleaning surrounding area first and applying warm compress first. Make sure the hair follicle is also removed. If you break the hair, it can cause formation of a hair cyst again.
Scrub using sugar: Take half a cup of sugar, adding quarter-cup olive or argon oil. You can even add few drops of an essential oil. Apply paste to problem area, rubbing with circular movements for a few minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water, repeating several times until the ingrown hair problem is resolved.
Baking soda: Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate is a natural alkaline substance with healing antiseptic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory properties. Add a tablespoon of baking soda to a cup of water. Take some cotton wool and dip into this solution and rub on the affected skin. Another method is to take a teaspoon of baking soda adding few drops of coconut oil. Mix this paste and apply and massage to affected area. This is a good solution for removing the ingrown hair.
Add a few tablespoons of warm water to a bowl adding 1 tablespoon of honey to it, mixing well. Take a clean soft cloth and dip it into this mixture removing the excess water. Apply this to the ingrown hair cyst for about 10 minutes, repeating twice a day until the symptoms resolve.
If you cannot get any relief from any of these home remedies or your ingrown hair becomes severely infected, make a doctor’s appointment to get proper treatment. Don’t let anybody ever say of you, “he’s always having bad hair days!”