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One of the most common intimate skin struggles is the infamous ingrown hair, also known as a razor bump. It’s also one of the most common search terms i.e. “ingrown hair on vagina”. But before we learn more about ingrown hairs, we want to make it clear that ingrown hairs don’t grow inside the vagina (internal canal where tampons go), they grow where hair meets skin on the vulva – the delicate skin on the outside of the vagina.
SO, WHAT’S AN INGROWN HAIR?
Ingrown hairs are when hair grows back into the skin instead of up to the surface. They often occur when the hair down there has been shaved, waxed, sugared, or plucked.
WHAT CAUSES INGROWN HAIRS?
After hair removal, the hair usually grows back causing no issues. But, other hairs can grow underneath the skin – especially pubic hair because it’s usually more course or curly. This triggers an immune response and the body responds to the hair as if it were a foreign invader causing itching, redness, pain, or swelling. Ingrown hairs can also be caused or made worse by chafing from working out or rubbing during sex.
WHAT CAN I DO TO PREVENT INGROWN HAIRS?
The simplest way is not to shave, wax or remove hair at all. But for many of us, giving up ladyscaping in the foreseeable future is non-negotiable. In most cases, the ingrown hairs will disappear on their own but if you follow these simple tips, you still might have 99 problems but an ingrown hair ain’t one.
Moisturizing intimate skin everyday (not just when you shave) helps hair more easily find its way to the surface and prevent the buildup of dead skin on top of a hair follicle, which can trap the hair inside the skin. Our Rejuvenating Botanical Oil acts like an effective ingrown hair serum for keeping skin and hair moisturized on the daily to better prevent ingrown hair bumps plus helps calm any inflammation.
a few more tips
•Exfoliating dead skin cells can help the hair return to the skin’s surface. However, we don’t recommend harsh physical “scrubs”. Our Probiotic Feminine Wash has cosmetic grade rose quartz powder, so it also acts as a super gentle daily exfoliator without scrubbing or scratching.
•Applying a warm compress with a washcloth can soften and soothe the aggravated area, and it just feels good. Repeat this a few times daily until swelling goes down.
•Gently plucking the hair out with sterilized tweezers once it emerges above the skin surface works but only if you have solid hand-eye coordination. Avoid breaking or digging into the skin!
•See a hair removal expert! We know firsthand that the right esthetician who “gets” vulvas is trained to help your intimate skin become ingrown-free. Whether it’s waxing or sugaring, or offering the best ingrown hair treatment or technique, it’s important to seek out hands-on help so you feel comfortable and ultimately more confident. DM us for any recs we might have in your area.
•Shun shaving altogether and opt for a more permanent hair removal method, especially if you’re prone to chronic ingrowns. i.e. Laser hair removal uses pulses of highly concentrated light emitted from the laser into the hair follicles, eventually destroying the follicle. The setbacks? Darker hair is required so the laser can detect the follicle, it’s not exactly cheap, requires a series of treatments, and it’s permanent!
Just remember that a little ingrown hair can turn into a bigger problem, especially if it becomes infected. If you do have an ingrown hair, think of it like a pimple – the same rules apply. No picking, squeezing or digging under the skin. Most ingrown hairs will run their course and go away on their own, but if the infected area has become very painful or the swelling just isn’t going down, definitely book an appointment with your gyno or health expert.
PS - Don’t worry. Ingrowns are nothing to be embarrassed or shy about. We all get them!
Have an intimate skin struggle? Email us: HELLO@LADYSUITEBEAUTY.COM