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The best way to prevent ingrown pubic hair is by not waxing, shaving, or plucking, but that’s not always practical.

If you do continue to groom your pubic hair, follow these steps to prevent future ingrown pubic hairs.

1. Prime the pubic area for shaving

Treating the pubic region before using a razor to shave may reduce your risk for ingrown hairs when the hair starts to grow back.

First, wash your skin with a mild soap. Rub on a lubricating shave cream or shave gel, or one that’s designed for sensitive areas.

When you’re finished, dry the area thoroughly before putting on your underwear and pants.

2. Use a single-bladed razor

Some razors are designed to reduce the risk of ingrown hairs. You can try one of these special razors, or just buy a single-bladed razor.

If your razor is several uses old, replace it with a fresh one. Dull blades don’t make clean, precise cuts and can increase your risk for an ingrown hair.

3. Consider laser hair removal

Though expensive, laser hair removal is a long-lasting solution to ingrown hairs. Laser hair removal removes hair at a deeper level, damaging the hair follicle. In most cases, that prevents the hair from growing back.

Laser hair removal requires several treatments over the course of a few weeks and months, but the results are usually semi-permanent. Laser removal isn’t as effective on blond or very light-colored hair.

4. Look into non-razor hair removal options

Chemical hair removers are an option, but they can irritate sensitive skin. Test the hair remover on a small patch of skin on another part of your body before using it on your pubic area. If you don’t have a reaction within 24 hours, it should be safe to use.

Keep in mind, the skin in the genital area is much more sensitive than the skin on your arm or leg.

Some prescription creams reduce hair regrowth, especially when you use them after laser or other hair removal treatments.

Electrolysis is a permanent hair removal treatment. It uses an electrode to destroy the hair root. Like laser hair removal, electrolysis requires several treatments over the course of a few weeks or months.

When should you see a doctor?

An occasional ingrown pubic hair is nothing to be alarmed about. Following the prevention steps discussed above may help you avoid ingrown hair in the future. You might want to see your doctor about ingrown pubic hairs if the following apply to you:

  • You often get ingrown pubic hairs. Your doctor can help you find a treatment to prevent future problems.
  • You have too much pubic hair. If you have abnormal or unusual hair growth, your doctor may need to look for any health issues that could be contributing to the problem.
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