Ingrown hairs are painful, red swollen bumps caused by hairs that have grown in a sideways direction within the hair follicle. This causes infection and irritation to affected area and is most common on the face, legs and pubic area. According to the Mayo Clinic, people with curly hair are more susceptible to ingrown hairs, especially in the pubic region. In most cases, hair removal methods should be reconsidered to stop ingrown hairs from forming.
Rub a dry washcloth along the pubic are before shaving. According to David Feingold, M.D., chairman of the Department of Dermatology at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston in an excerpt from the Doctors Book of Home Remedies, this will loosen embedded hairs so that hair removal is less irritating and prevent hairs from becoming ingrown.
Soak in warm water to open up pores and prevent hairs from remaining embedded, suggests the Mayo Clinic. This also softens rough pubic hairs making them easier to remove with shaving practice.
Shave your pubic area with a pivoting head razor instead of a fixed disposable razor. Pivoting head razors put less friction on the skin, helping stop ingrown hairs from forming according to John E. Romano, M.D., a dermatologist and clinical assistant professor of medicine at The New York Hospital--Cornell Medical Center in New York City.
Use a moisturizing shave gel instead of soap, suggests the Mayo Clinic. This keeps skin from drying and gives more lubrication for the razor to pass across the skin without causing irritation to the hair follicles.
Apply a cold compress to the pubic region after shaving to help prevent inflammation and tighten hair follicles, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Opt for alternative hair removal methods such as depilatory creams or electric razors. These methods decrease both irritation and chances of ingrown hairs. According to the Mayo Clinic you should avoid the closest shaving setting when using an electric razor.