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ingorwn hair

I have an ingrown hair...in my pubic area. It is NOT in the bikini area, rather, on the front...not near anything sensitive...just smack dab in the middle. worst one ever. haven't shaved/waxed/anything in a loooong time, so I don't know what caused it. so painful. it's been there for awhile, hasn't gotten worse or better. i want to avoid any insane chemicals (i read something about glycolic acid i think) and definitely avoid a trip to the dermatologist.
help!!!

edit: i can't pull it out or exfoliate a little to get to the hair and pull it out, i tried. i can see a dark spot amidst all the red, that might be the hair... but i can't get to it. i've dealt with plenty of the more 'normal' ingrowns that can be tweezed out easily before, this aint one of em!

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threekidsinky
Sep. 9th, 2007 09:26 pm (UTC)
Can you use a pair of tweezers to pull it out? I get them occasionally but an usually able to get ahold of it near the root, or I scrape at the skin a bit to open it up and try to get it out that way. That's going to be your best bet, getting that hair out of there so it can heal up on it's own.
goth_lauren
Sep. 9th, 2007 09:30 pm (UTC)
no...and i edited the entry explaining it a bit more. believe me, i've tried that though!
armistice
Sep. 9th, 2007 09:33 pm (UTC)
You can try putting pressure on the area around it, kind of like squeezing a pimple. If it's as bad as it sounds, the skin around it might be irritated enough that it'll expell it with just that little help.
goth_lauren
Sep. 9th, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC)
tried it. just hurt like a bitch and didn't do anything. i've gotten rid of some before like that. they come out like a little black head with a hair wrapped inside or something (gross, i know, but trying to be descriptive to i can explain the difference) this one is deep, red, a very hard and bump (i can feel the bump through my underwear!!! ouch!). it is not squeezable at all. (i wish it was)
_fivestars
Sep. 9th, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
not to nitpick, but how is this related to natural living?

anyway, i've had the best luck with the tweezer route.
goth_lauren
Sep. 9th, 2007 09:37 pm (UTC)
oh gosh sorry! i didn't specify, but i am looking for a natural remedy. everyone here seems to be awesome with skin care help too...
i want to avoid going to a doctor or buying some crazy chemical to put on it.
ladyceleste
Sep. 9th, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC)
Hot compresses.
goth_lauren
Sep. 9th, 2007 09:38 pm (UTC)
to bring it to a head like a zit?
ladyceleste
Sep. 9th, 2007 10:07 pm (UTC)
Yup.
krasota
Sep. 10th, 2007 02:53 am (UTC)
You might try hot compresses *and* a hot-as-you-can-stand bath with epsom salts.

Or you could try a drawing salve.
sanitarysewer
Sep. 9th, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC)
Razorblade + needle, or get used to it.

What's really great is when you have a dark line that's about a half an inch long and the hair's about a millimeter beneath the surface. THOSE are hard to get.
pequest
Sep. 9th, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC)
Goths love razorblades and needles, so this is a good suggestion.
goth_lauren
Sep. 9th, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC)
hahahahaaaaaa

hilarious!! :D
goth_lauren
Sep. 9th, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC)
shave the area, stick a needle in? what does the needle do?
i'm sorry if i sound stupid...but is that what you recommend?
miao0726
Sep. 9th, 2007 10:08 pm (UTC)
i use a needle from a diabetic testing kit stick it right into the pour (it is important to go in straight or ouch!) and kind of "stir" it around. then i can usually either tweeze it or squeeze it till i can tweeze it.
bacardibreezer7
Sep. 9th, 2007 09:52 pm (UTC)
I know exactly the kind you are talking about. I have polycystic ovaries so I get some hair growth on my chin and neck - I pluck it all the time but I have several ingrown hairs and many of them are the kind you just described. :) They're not pussy or red or anything, they're just so annoying. I can't wait for the day when those motherfuckers finally break the skin (or at least the bottom layers of skin) so I can pluck em out.
jlygrnmigt
Sep. 9th, 2007 10:18 pm (UTC)
I've had a coil of hair like that for well over a year. It's never been inflamed and I've come to love it. :)
littlravn
Sep. 9th, 2007 09:51 pm (UTC)
tea tree oil can help pull an infection to the surface. It might be too deep since you can't tweeze it, but combined with hot compresses it might help get it to the surface so it can be squeezed or pulled out.

Good luck! It sounds really painful.
digitalangel
Sep. 9th, 2007 09:59 pm (UTC)
When I had an insect bite, tea tree oil every time it started to irritate, helped clear it up quickly and the only thing to do other than that is to try to release the hair and gunk that's built up as suggested by other people.
boots247
Sep. 9th, 2007 10:03 pm (UTC)
The answer is not going to be nice on this one, I have had this a few time over the years in my ball area, as I shave.
Determination and maybe a stiff drink, but get your tweezers and keep picking until you brake the skin, pull out the offending hair this might be surprisingly long, and your done, simple, lol
Well it will hurt, but it’s the only way.
Good luck
twenty6colors
Sep. 9th, 2007 10:24 pm (UTC)
it's time for some at-home surgury. sterilize a needle (you can hold it in a flame until it's red), get some rubbing alcohol and neosporin, and have at it. you'll probably just have to tear the skin up a bit to get at it, but once you pop it it should release some fluid and it will probably get easier to squeeze out at that point. good luck : )
lovemonster
Sep. 9th, 2007 10:32 pm (UTC)
dude! i have one too... and it huuuurts!
sweetanniehi
Sep. 10th, 2007 12:00 am (UTC)
Leave it alone for a few more days and see if it will get closer to the surface. I have some that take days before they are ready to come out.
rainbow
Sep. 10th, 2007 12:09 am (UTC)
i would do hot compresses several times a day to help it break the surface,. they should be hot enough to be just a bit comfortable, but not hot enough to hurt, kwim?

i use hot water with sea salt, calendula, lavender, and thyme (1 tsp salt to 1 qt water, 1 tsp each of the dried herbs. (my all purpose compress for skin problems/infections.)

after each compress apply a bit of balm or oil to soften the skin.
ms_snail
Sep. 10th, 2007 01:15 am (UTC)
Ingrown hairs often become a breeding ground for staph infections - then it becomes a boil. They will hurt like hell. You shouldn't squeeze, because it can push the infection into the blood stream (and you know, we all do it anyway - cystic acne is related). Anyway, warm compresses will bring it to a head. You can pop it if you want, but it'll come out anyway - probably with pus and blood, and you'll freak, cause it's really damn gross. Anyway, the warm compress should help, but there's also stuff called black salve (you should be able to get it at a conventional pharmacy - ask at the counter where they hide those evil harmful natural remedies), it will help draw the infection to the surface. When it breaks, it's best to cover it with gauze which you change a few times a day. It can take a few days for it to stop oozing.

Taking things internally or eating better to boost your immune system (Vitamin C, E, etc) will also help clear it up quicker, and decrease the possible need for antibiotics.
yiaya
Sep. 10th, 2007 02:07 am (UTC)
I second the black salve. That stuff is the best for bringing things to a head (pun intended ;)
gymx
Sep. 10th, 2007 02:53 am (UTC)
Drawing salve is another name for it. I've never heard it called black salve before.
balamuthia
Sep. 10th, 2007 02:07 am (UTC)


sprinkle baking soda liberally onto a warm cloth and press it gently to the "boil". You can repeat this several times, it should draw some of the pus and stuff to the surface, and also relax the pore enough to potentially allow squeezing to work.
gymx
Sep. 10th, 2007 02:54 am (UTC)
Personally, I'd dig at it with a razor until it came out. But that's me, and I admit it may be smarter and less acutely painful to try a drawing method first.
ilovenirvana
Sep. 10th, 2007 07:22 pm (UTC)
I vote for a safety pin/needle. :) I get those ALL THE TIME in the most random places... I had one under my boob not long ago. not fun. Stupid PCOS.
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