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i have severe ingrown hairs that just wont go away..help?

By Anonymous July 3, 2011 - 9:43am
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ok so i have severe & pretty much chronic in grown hairs on my vagina (well mons pubis, the "top" of my vagina) you get the point. anyways i have honestly tried EVERYTHING except laser hair removal which if i had the funds i would. but i have Clobetasol Propionate cream that was prescribed for a small vaginal tear and worked like a charm, the doc said because it somewhat acts like a strong neosporin type of cream that strengthens and repairs the skin...i am wondering could that be used on a couple of my ingrown hairs that i have unfortunately and stupidly broken the skin to attempt to get out? i am just running out of options & im desperate!! i've tried special ingrown hair "prevention" liquids that you apply after waxes or shaving, i've tried hot compresses to draw the hairs out, i've tried special "bikini zone" bump prevent-er creams, i've tried simply not touchin or worrying about them, but when theyre embarassingly red or large bumps & they are sometimes sore it's hard not to worry about them! im honestly at the point where i am very seriously considering laser removal because i dont know what to do and no offense to anyone nor am i passing judgment but for me personally im not a fan of a "jungle down south" HELP?! :(

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I have the the same issue. It used to only happen every now and then, my grandmother, mother, and sister all get these pretty bad, but for the last year or 2 they won't go away. If i'm lucky, things might clear up for a few days, but then another breakout with 2 or 3 more pop up. I've tried to research my options, but i don't feel that they help. I may trim the hair down using an electric razor but that's not frequent and i never use a razor or chemical removal options so i'm not getting these because i'm shaving or removing hair, this is just how it's growing i guess. I'm also seriously considering laser hair removal because i'm at a point where i'm tired of dealing with the mess, but even laser hair removal is not an option if i can't go more than a week without a breakout because the skin is broken most of the time. I've asked my dr just to be sure and she did confirm they're just hair bumps and to go over them with warm water and wash cloth, but that's not enough. Is there anything that can be done? can a dr possiblly refer you to laser hair removal if it's bad enough? I'm at my breaking point

September 21, 2016 - 12:02pm
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Hi Anon!

It's very unfortunate that you are getting these ingrown hairs without hair removal - hair removal is often the cause.

Your insurance will decide if it will cover laser hair removal (I don't think it'll matter of you have broken skin or not) for "medical" reasons, as opposed to cosmetic ones but it's certainly worth a shot. See if your doctor can refer you. They can only say no, right?
I've had laser hair removal done, I have to say it's fantastic.


September 21, 2016 - 12:25pm

If you are prone to chronic ingrown hair, you do have a few options:
1. Change the way you remove unwanted hair: instead of shaving or tweezing, use scissors to clip hair short in prone areas
2. Opt for hair removal methods that do not promote ingrown hair (remove hair follicle instead of only hair), such as laser hair removal
3. Do not remove the hair that is in an ingrown-hair-prone area

The Mayo Clinic's Ingrown Hair had some great tips on how to release an ingrown hair that is already present, as well as hair removal tips to prevent ingrown hair from forming.

To release ingrown hairs, you can:
* Wash the affected area using a washcloth or soft-bristled toothbrush, using a circular motion, for several minutes before shaving and at bedtime
* Use a sterile needle, inserting it under hair loops, to gently lift hair tips that are embedded in your skin

To help prevent ingrown hairs, use hair removal methods that make ingrown hairs less likely.
If you shave:
* Wet the hair to be removed with warm water
* Avoid close shaves
* Use a lubricating shave gel
* Use a single-blade razor
* Use a sharp blade
* Don't pull your skin taut while shaving
* Shave in the direction of hair growth
* Rinse the blade after each stroke
* Apply cool compresses to the shaved area when you're finished

Other methods of hair removal include:
* Electric razor. Avoid the closest shave setting.
* Chemical hair remover. The chemicals may irritate your skin, so test on a small area first.
* Eflornithine hydrochloride cream (Vaniqa). Not actually a hair remover, this prescription cream decreases hair growth in women. It must be used with another hair removal method.

If you are worried about ingrown hair that is chronic, you may also talk with your doctor (dermatologist) about hair removal options, as scarring can occur in chronic situations.

July 3, 2011 - 12:42pm
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