Women who shave or wax the bikini area are at risk of getting ingrown hairs. An ingrown hair in the bikini area is likely to be painful and itchy. This is the result of the body’s natural defense mechanisms that recognize the ingrown end of the hair as a foreign body. While it is possible for the ingrown hair to heal on its own, there are some ways to help the process along.
Ingrown bikini area hair may itch. Because of the risk of bacteria entering minor nicks in the bikini area, you should avoid scratching the area. Use an anti-itch cream, such as hydrocortisone to alleviate the itching. Another over-the-counter treatment option for ingrown bikini area hair is an antibiotic ointment. This can help to minimize the risk of infection in the area. If you use either of these options, be sure to follow the package directions as these may vary from one product to another.
To help the ingrown bikini area hair heal, soak the area in warm water three times per day. Do this for 15 minutes per session. If taking a bath three times per day isn’t an option, you can use a compress that is warm and wet. Doing this improves blood circulation to the area and encourages faster healing.
Sweating and clothes rubbing on the area around the ingrown hair can irritate the ingrown hair. To minimize this risk, wear loose clothing. Ideally, the clothes should be made of natural fibers, such as cotton. If you are going to work out or if there a chance you will start to sweat, bring a change of underclothes so you can change out of the sweaty clothes as soon as possible. Before changing your clothes, wipe the area with a wet towel and dry it off to remove sweat.
When you have an ingrown bikini area hair, avoid shaving the area or removing the hair until the ingrown hair is fully healed. If, however, you notice a loop of hair that is going from the natural hair follicle to the end of the hair that has grown into the skin, you can try to remove the ingrown end of the hair using a sterilized needle. When you do this, don’t try to pull the hair out of the natural follicle, as this increases your chance of getting another ingrown hair in the same location.
Prescription medications, such as corticosteroids, retinoids and antibiotics are used to treat ingrown bikini area hair. If you notice that you get ingrown bikini area hairs each time you shave or if you think your bikini area is infected, contact your doctor to determine if prescription medications are appropriate for you.