How to remove pubic hair and avoid ingrown hair 

Pubic hair grows around the genitals to protect you from foreign invaders such as bacteria and other germs. A few people choose to remove these hairs.  It is a personal choice to remove pubic hairs, but it may result in ingrown hair growth and other side effects for some. So, how can you remove pubic hair and avoid ingrown hair?

We have an answer to it for you. This article will help you understand the reason behind ingrown hair growth, avoiding such hair growth, methods to remove pubic hair, and much more.


What are the methods to remove pubic hair?

What are the methods to remove pubic hair


The skin of your genitals is thinner than the rest of your body, and hair removal can be risky. But some methods are safe to use. Let’s study all of them in detail.


1. Trimming with scissors

Trimming hairs has proven to be the best option for pubic hair removal as it is safe and avoids infections, cuts and ingrown pubic hair. While trimming, keep the pointed portion of scissors away from the skin. 

If you are still worried, then try using surgical bent scissors. The end of the surgical scissors is blunt, which reduces the risk of cuts.


2. Trimming with trimmers

It will be best if you use trimmers designed explicitly for pubes. These trimmers have protection guards on its blade to prevent cuts. It doesn’t pinch or pull at all.

Move it towards the direction of hairs to avoid ingrown hair and infections. It is always better to use all the removal methods only on the hairy area of the pubes.


3. Shaving

Before using a razor to shave, it is essential to clean it. Even wash it in intervals while using it. Do not apply it on vaginal openings.

You can not use a regular razor for pubes. The sharpness differs in a pubic hair removal razor and a regular razor. Pull the skin taut to avoid scratches, and then use a razor. 


4. Waxing

It is painful to pull out hairs from the root and that too from the pubes. It is also a professional method because some people prefer to go to a salon to an expert for hair removal. 

You can use both facial wax and regular wax. To lessen the pain, you can apply chemical-free powder on pubes before the procedure.


5. Hair removal creams

The hair removal creams consist of chemicals that may lead to chemical burns. In comparison to other methods, it should be your last option. 

Still, if you choose to use hair removal creams for pubic hairs, test a patch of the cream on hand. Check if it suits your skin or not, and then apply to the pubes.

The chemicals in the cream break down protein in the pubes and weaken down the hairs. After using it, always wash your genital area 2-3 times.

Advice: As you know, the skin of the genital region is thinner, and so, the skin there absorbs things very quickly into your bloodstream. Therefore you should use safe removal methods in the pubic region. 


6. Epilating

It is safe to use the best epilator for the pubes. However, it will be painful, especially for first-time users and for people with sensitive skin.

Tweezer-based epilators and also, wet epilators are less painful in comparison to others.


7. Electrolysis

Electrolysis is a permanent hair removal method approved by the FDA. It destroys the hair root using radio waves. 

Mostly it does not show any side effects, and it can remove hair from every part of the body.

Electrolysis is a professional method only performed by experts.


8. Laser hair removal

It is a process to slow down hair growth. A person has to visit the clinic every 6 to 8 months. 

Lasers remove unwanted hairs from all parts of the body including the pubic region. It can target the area you want to remove. For instance, you want to pull out the coarser hair of the chin, then it will pull it out without any damage to surrounding follicles.

Take your pick from the above methods. But also be prepared for the side effects of a few of them. To avoid the most common side effects people face after removing hair, first, let us know what it is exactly.


What is ingrown hair?

What are ingrown hair

Instead of growing out of the skin, a hair strand grows back into the skin, giving rise to ingrown hair. It is a common condition caused by hair removal. 

Including the pubic area, it can rise on all the beard areas such as chin, head, cheeks, armpits, and legs. 


  • What problems do people face due to ingrown hair?

Due to the growth of ingrown hairs, you may feel discomfort. The common symptoms you may experience are,

  1. The skin around the affected area swells up.
  2. The skin darkens around ingrown hair, known as hyperpigmentation.
  3. Bumps rise out of the skin.
  4. It causes pain, itching and redness.
  5. If you scratch, it may turn into a bacterial infection.
  6. The wound may turn into Keloids.

The symptoms of ingrown hair may confuse you with other vaginal acne. Want more? Let us dive deeper! 


  • How will you discover it is ingrown pubic hair?

Ingrown hair is the hair trapped under the skin before it leaves the follicle.  Therefore, one of the ways to find ingrown hair is acne containing trapped hairs.  

Vaginal acne is a hard bump having pus, but ingrown public hair will not have pus until the bacterial growth on the bump leads to infection.

You can also get mistaken to differentiate between herpes and ingrown hair. Usually, ingrown pubic hairs are single bumps, and herps are a cluster of lesions—herpes causes headache and fever, with all other common symptoms. 


  • When does ingrown hair become dangerous for you?

Ingrown hairs are not very dangerous. But in a few cases, when the cyst may develop around the affected area, it does not go away on its own, then this would require a doctor’s concern.


  • How can you avoid ingrown hairs?

The reason behind ingrown pubic hair growth is the use of hair removal methods. So to avoid it, you can stop removing hairs.

But, if removing hairs is a compulsion, you can still groom your pubic hairs avoiding ingrown hairs. 

Just follow these simple rules while tweezing,

  1. While using a razor or epilator, move it in the direction of hair growth
  2. Avoid holding razors close to the skin to shave.
  3. If you prefer using razors, then use a sharp one.
  4. Before removing hair, use warm water on the area you want to tweeze.
  5. Always use moisturizers after waxing, shaving or epilating. 
  6. Try to keep the tool that you are using clean after use.
  7. It will be good for your skin if you exfoliate before or after tweezing.
  8. Laser hair removal is helpful to avoid ingrowth of pubic hair.
  9. If not a laser, then you can go for chemical-free hair removal techniques. These techniques are safe for sensitive skin as they do not contain any harsh chemicals that may negatively affect your skin.
  10. The prescribed hair removal creams help reduce hair growth and prevent ingrown hairs, like exfoliating creams. It sheds out the upper layer of skin to let the trapped hairs come out.
  11. Also, electrolysis is a technique you can prefer for removing permanent hair and hence will solve the ingrown hair problem.
  12. Exfoliation with salicylic acid or glycolic acid helps keep the follicles open, protecting the hair from getting trapped.

Tip: First, apply chemical-free removers on your hand then to the genitals because those areas are sensitive.


  • What to do if you already have ingrown pubic hair?

Avoid doing things that could turn the bump into a wound. Do not try to pluck out the ingrown hair. Doing it might cause you infection around the area affected. Also, do not scratch or squeeze the bump.

Few home remedies to cure ingrown pubic hairs are,

  1. Applying tea tree oil may help to reduce the bacterial infection around the bumps.
  2. You can also make a mixture of sugar, honey and oil. Sugar being a natural exfoliate, will help to kill the bacterias. And honey and oil will smoothen the skin. Apply the paste and wash it a few minutes later.
  3. Add one tablespoon of baking soda and one cup of water, apply it with cotton balls to the affected area. Baking soda, a natural exfoliate, will reduce inflammation.



The genital areas are sensitive and thin-layered. Therefore, it is crucial to choose the safest method of pubic hair removal to avoid ingrown pubic hair. 

You can either choose permanent hair removal techniques to avoid ingrown pubic hair or try any of the above methods according to your skin sensitiveness.

While removing hairs, always use the tool in the direction of hair growth. And do not forget to apply moisturizer after hair removal. 

Let us know if you found this article helpful! Also, you can ask any question regarding the above information in the comment box.



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