August 11, 2011

TMI Thursday: Dealing With An Ingrown Hair

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An ingrown hair is when a growing hair is trapped underneath the skin. It is the result of shaving, waxing and basically removing hair from a particular area and is especially prevalent in your pubic area. I didn't really believe in ingrown hairs until I got the worst one (down there), ever. If it ever gets really bad, you're supposed to see a doctor and get antibiotics. But if you're not fond of the doctor, do what I did:

What I thought was just a tiny problem turned into something massive. The area of where the ingrown hair was located swelled up to the size of a golf ball and made walking a big ordeal. I tried everything. A warm/cold compress and tugging at the hair around the infected area. Nothing worked. I really just wanted it to pop (like a pimple) to get all the puss out and relieve the pressure.

After about 3 consistent days of warm/cold compresses, I decided to pop that sucker. I disinfected the area and a needle with alcohol and poked at the head of the ingrown hair. I broke skin and thick green puss slowly oozed out. It had a funky smell. Turned out I had an infected hair follicle. I probably should have seen a dermatologist to prevent the infection from spreading. Alas, I was OK.

From that day on, I decided to treat my skin post shave or wax. I usually use Bump & Blemish Triple Action Solution. It's got a mediciney scent, but is superb at preventing razor bumps and ingrown hairs. I definitely notice a difference in my skin when I don't use it. I also recently tried Bikini Zone Anti-Bumps Shave Gel. It has a fresh scent, is easy to apply and feels cool on the skin. This one is much more accessible, so it's probably your better bet.

Ingrown pubic hairs are the main reason I want a vagina facial.

Deal with your ingrown hair:
Use a warm/cold compress.
Tug the hair around infected area.
Disinfect your tools before you try to pop that sucker.
Be patient. It will take a day or two for it to explode.
Exfoliate the area to rid the dead skin cells.
After you shave/wax/whatever, use an ingrown hair prevention agent.

How do you deal with ingrown hairs?

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