What are the Best Tips for Treating Ingrown Bikini Hair?

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Ingrown bikini hair can be treated by using hydrogen peroxide, which may keep it from becoming infected. Some people also use acne medication on ingrown hairs. Natural treatments such as aloe vera gel may also be an effective natural remedy. Removal of the ingrown hair either with tweezers or by hand could take care of the problem, but it may be difficult to get the hair out. There are also many preventative measures a person can take to prevent ingrown bikini hair.

It tends to be very easy for a person to get ingrown hair when she shaves her bikini line. Ingrown hairs in this area are often more common than those in other areas, such as the legs or underarms. This might be because bikini hair is typically much thicker, with a coarser texture, and shaving the area with a regular razor doesn't tend to work as well in the bikini area as it does on other parts of the body. Bikini hair also often grows in all directions rather than in just one direction like leg hair does, and this can also makes it harder to get a smooth, even shave.


Treating ingrown hair in the bikini area with hydrogen peroxide dabbed onto a cotton swab is generally considered a good way to keep the hair from getting infected. This should probably be kept up until the redness, swelling, and inflammation of the area subside. Using acne medicine can also work well for treating ingrown bikini hair because the bumps that form as a result of ingrown hairs usually have pus in them and look similar to pimples. Acne medicines with salicylic acid may be the most beneficial for treating these areas. Aloe vera gel, either applied directly from the plant or in the form of a product that contains it, can help to ease irritation and discomfort that may result from the hair.

Removing ingrown bikini hairs can be tricky, but it might be possible with tweezers. Before a person tries to do this, she should make sure her tweezers are completely sterilized to avoid further infecting the hair follicle. It is important not to pull on the ingrown hair, but rather try to gently lift it out. After the hair is removed, the irritation should start to go away. It is probably best to clean the area thoroughly with soap and warm water both before and after the removal of the hair.

There are many ways to prevent ingrown bikini hair. Taking care to properly exfoliate the area prior to shaving may be the best way. Exfoliation will slough off dead skin cells, which tend to increase the chances of ingrown hairs when they are present. Shaving the bikini area should also be done slowly and with greater care than what someone may take on her legs, because the hair grows in erratic directions and it tends to be much easier to make mistakes that could result in bumpy, irritated skin.


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