Ingrown hair is a hair follicle that grown and curled back inside, instead growing upward outside the skin of vaginal surface.
A very common skin conditions occurring primarily in women. Develop bumps after shaved or waxed, can be a perfect site for ingrown hairs on the labia of a vagina.
Most bumps ranged from very small and no pain to large and painful. Large bumps are usually itchy, elevated red colored inflammation that looks like a pimple, when become infected the center of the bumps contain pus. Ingrown hair is a benign illness, which frequently appears as a small dark or occasionally pink bump underneath the skin.
Sometimes, a small pinpoint (often tan) region of the primary hair may be seen beneath the skin bump. Some widespread cases, numerous small red or pink tiny bumps of hair follicles might be seen on any skin part that has been recurrently shaved, such as face, neckline, armpits, legs, and pubic area. (4)
Largely, most ingrown hair is pathologically harmless. Nevertheless, it can also result in mutilating and cause to scarring, skin colored hyperpigmentation, and possibly secondary skin infection. (10) Hyperpigmentation can be observed, which happens when the infected area is darker than the adjacent skin.
Moreover, improper removal/shaving techniques and blockage of the hair follicles against the growth direction is more likely the reason of ingrown hair. (1, 2, 3)
Image 1 : An illustration of ingrown hair
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Figure 2 : An ingrown hair from after shaving
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Who are prone to experiencing ingrown hair on vagina?
Most females with naturally dense and wavy types of hair follicles are more susceptible to having ingrown hairs on the vagina, especially the labia part and in the lining of the outer region of genital (bikini lining).
They consist of two types of bumps when hair follicles embedded back on the vaginal lips such as:
- Papules – are solid, small, elevated inflammation usually no pus present.
- Pustules – are round, small lesions that are red to yellowish or colorless cores with pus. (5)
Even though the bumps are natural after shaving, waxing/plucking, there are still some secondary infections such as the following:
- Herpes – is a sexually transmitted disease (STD), asymptomatic. Sexually active individuals are prone to Herpes. The two viruses responsible for herpes are the herpes simplex type 1 and herpes simplex type 2.
- Boils – also known as Carbuncle or Furuncle is an abscess caused by bacterium Staphylococcus aureus in the skin. Furuncle is a skin disease straight to the hair follicle, and the most common boil that have one or more intros onto the skin and possibly will be linked with a chills and fever. Carbuncle is a larger abscess that comprises a cluster of hair follicles and encompasses a bigger part as compared to furuncle. A carbuncle refers to the condition of hard lump in the skin formed. (6)
- Genital warts – It is medically known as condyloma acuminata or venereal warts. The human papillomavirus (HPV) is the one responsible for the development of genital warts. Many types of these viruses had been discovered and there are about 40 viruses to date.
Cardinal signs and symptom of ingrown hair on vagina?
- Red spots
- Pus filled bumps
What causes ingrown hair on vagina?
- Irritation caused by shaving, tweezing, and waxing of hair on the vaginal region.
- Used of improper shaving tools or unclean shaving tools such as razors and blade.
- Wrong or improper shaving techniques
- Wearing of tight clothing that can irritate the vaginal region. (7)
Home remedies for ingrown hair on vagina
Some Ingrown vaginal hair can heal itself without any treatment. You can decrease the possibility of having ingrown hair on the vagina by following these simple remedies:
- Soak in bathtubs with warm water for about 15 minutes. It helps exfoliate dead skin and allows hair follicles to grow back again. It also cleanses the infected area using antibacterial soap
- When shaving, make sure you shave where the hair follicles grow to prevent irritation of the roots of the hair. If the hair growth is massive, you have to trim first prior to shaving.
- If there are painful bumps, you can somehow soothe them by placing cucumber on top of the bumps. Cucumber has cooling and anti-inflammatory property.
- You can also cure the bump caused by razor burn by gentle and careful application of salicylic acid.
- Use a clean blade every time you shave to prevent bumps and other forms of infection.
- A topical antibacterial cream can help cure the bump and prevent ingrown hair on the vagina. However, you have to be very careful when it comes to using antibacterial cream on your vagina. See to it that you will use a cream that is prescribed by your doctor.
- Use tea tree oil to cure the infection as it has antibacterial and antifungal properties.
- A razor burn can be reduced by placing black tea bags on the infected part.
- For shaving rash and bumps, a baking soda can be used. It is also a perfect home remedy for itchiness of the labia (vaginal lip) and other parts of the body.
- Make sure that before you shave the vaginal hair, you have to thoroughly clean the vagina first. The same thing goes after shaving.
- Make it a habit to use a clean underwear at all times. Avoid wearing tight fitting underwear and make it a habit to change your underwear every day. Choose an underwear that is made from cotton fabric.
- If you are sensitive to shaving, then you can use other hair removal measures such as laser hair removal. This will help prevent the occurrence of ingrown hair on the vagina. Laser hair removal is painless and will not cause trauma to the vaginal region. For permanent hair removal in any parts of the body, the best remedy is electrolysis.
- Strengthen your immune system by taking vitamin C. (8, 9, 10)
If you are still suffering from razor burns and ingrown hair on the vagina despite the preventive measures mentioned above, then it is now high time to see your doctor.