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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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