Ingrown hairs are known as Psuedofolliculitis Barbae (PFB), Razor Bumps, Razor Burns, Hair Bumps, Razor Bumps, Ingrown.
Pseudo-folliculitis barbae refers to hair that has been cut or broken below the level of the skin and then begins to grow through the surrounding tissue instead of exiting the follicle.
In other cases, it curls and begins to grow back on the skin, causing irritation and inflammation.
If you shave the pubic area, remove the tapered end, and as it grows back without that tapered end, the sharpness will literally cut into the skin surrounding the hair follicle.
Use these simple precautions to minimize the discomfort of ingrown pubic hair:
For ingrown pubic hairs along the bikini line, hold a hot pack against ingrown spots for ten minutes three times a day to soften the skin and help the hairs come out.
Wear loose fitting underwear and clothing until the bumps are gone to avoid friction.
Some find it helpful to exfoliate the area before waxing. This removes some of the dead skin cells in the top layer of skin cells that often help to trap hairs.
Exfoliating options include body creams, lotions or gels, a mildly abrasive washcloth or glove specifically designed for exfoliation. Check with the beauty counter at your local department store.
Do not exfoliate your skin if you already have ingrown pubic hair, as it can lead to further skin irritation.
When waxing, be sure to pull the hair out by the roots. Do not allow hair to break below the surface of the skin.
Use a specially formulated treatment (see below). Prevents pubic ingrown hair and removes existing ingrown hair in a matter of days.
Additional note: For ingrown hairs that are deep, sterilize a pair of fine-tipped tweezers with isopropyl alcohol and individually extract each ingrown hair from its follicle. Clean the area with rubbing alcohol afterward and shave.
If you do not have needle nose pliers, clean a pin or needle and the ingrown area with rubbing alcohol, then gently loosen the hair in the direction it grows using only the tip of the needle. After the hair is released, re-clean the skin with alcohol.