If you want to remove the hair on your bikini line, you may feel that the skin in this area is perfectly smooth, as if you were seeing a unicorn strolling down the street. Certain mysterious bumps of the bikini line can inspire you for a particularly large bow. Is this an ingrown hair zit, or could it be something more serious? Here are signs that you are dealing with ingrown hairs and not another health problem – and if you see a doctor to be sure.
Ingrown hairs usually appear when you try to remove hair, and they can cause many unwanted symptoms.
Your hair grows from small pockets in your skin called follicles. As the hair grows, it pushes through the skin and looks like the stuff you see everywhere in the body – at least it should, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). But with waxed hair, the hair grinds back and penetrate back into your skin. How convenient.
There are some symptoms you may find in an ingrown Mayo Clinic :
- A small, firm, rounded elevation called the papule.
- filled blister-like lesion called the pustule
- Skin obscuration
- Pain in the area
- An actually visible hair that is embedded in your skin like a small loop. This is so frustrating
If you've recently plucked, shaved or waxed your bikini line and coped with the above symptoms, chances are you're pretty much having an ingrown hair.
The good news: Ingrown hairs usually go away. This may take between one month and six months depending on Mayo Clinic .
Apart from ingrown hairs, here are a few other things that might look like a bump on your bikini line:
Acne : "Ingrown hairs can be very similar to pimples and cysts – they can all around hair and form bumps or bumps. " Dr. med. Jules Lipoff, assistant professor of clinical dermatology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, tells SELF.
Pimples happen when your hair follicles are clogged with oil and dead skin cells, explains the Mayo Clinic . (We'll come to cysts soon.)
Even though you could definitely pick a pimple on your bikini line, zits tend to be in areas like the face, upper body, and back rather than in the pubic area, Jennifer Hsiao, MD, Deputy Clinical Professor UCLA Dermatology says SELF. However, this is difficult because the irritation, inflammation and other symptoms that can occur with pimples may be similar to those that you experience with ingrown hairs.
For example, a pimple may get a head Gary Goldenberg MD, Deputy Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, explains SELF – but this might resemble a fluid-filled bladder that sprouts from an ingrown hair.
To better understand what you are dealing with, go through the list of symptoms above. Be sure to look closely at the area to see if you can see any hairline embedded in the skin. (Even better, if you have a magnifying mirror lying around.) If you can see the hair, it's probably an ingrown.
Epidermoid Cysts : These are small, non-cancerous, slow-growing cusps that may form under your skin when cells that you should excrete move deeper and more frequently, according to the Mayo Clinic . Possible causes for this are irritations and injuries to the area.
Symptoms of an epidermoid cyst include a small, firm bump under the skin, a visible blackhead at the top of the bump, expectoration of a thick, yellow, stinking material. and possibly redness, swelling and tenderness, says the Mayo Clinic . However, in most cases epidermoid cysts are painless, says the Mayo Clinic  of 19459004, while ingrown hair is usually sensitive and causes other unpleasant problems such as itching.
A A Sexually Transmitted Infection : Sexually transmitted infections do not always cause symptoms, but if they do, there is a chance that they can affect your bikini line, not just obvious areas like your vagina .
For example, if you are dealing with molluscum contagiosum, an infection caused by a pox virus, you will see small, raised, and usually white, pink, or flesh-colored bumps with a dimple or depression in the middle, which Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says. When this infection is sexually transmitted, the bumps usually sprout on the genitals, lower abdomen and inner thighs – just around the bikini line – according to Mayo Clinic .
HPV is another STI that can cause bumps on or near your bikini line. These genital warts also tend to be skin-colored, Dr. Hsiao. They may emerge as a small elevation or group of elevations, may be flat or uneven like cauliflower and may appear on the groin, according to the Cleveland Clinic .
This allows STIs to do this depending on who you are dealing with. If you think you may have one, you should see your doctor as soon as possible to run a test.
A tumor : We are putting this last point down because this is your least likely option, but let's just go there just in case] A tumor is an abnormal growth of body tissue, and it can be benign (ie not cancerous) or malignant (cancerous), the US National Library of Medicine says.
The thing about tumors is that they can be very different in appearance. So it's hard to say that you can find definite evidence that you definitely have one, a diplomat, Cynthia Bailey of the American Board of Dermatology and president and CEO of Advanced Skin Care & Dermatology Inc. opposite SELF.
The real point is that you do not have to worry about your bump right away. Your bikini area is as severe as a tumor. Looking again for ingrown hair symptoms: Does your stomach have a tiny hair, if you really look very closely? Does it persist or grow over time, whereas ingrown hair tends to heal itself? Have you recently removed hair or tried a new hair removal method that your body may be less used to?
If you ask these questions, this can be a relief. If you are worried at all, it is a good idea to see a doctor.
Learn how to treat ingrown hair when you're dealing with it.
If you have ingrown hair, you can take steps to relieve irritation and possibly even speed healing.
If you do not want to wait for your newborn to disappear by itself, it may be helpful to apply a warm compress in the area. The heat can soften and relax your skin cells, which could theoretically increase the likelihood that they will release the embedded hair, Dr. Goldberg.
You can also take measures such as gentle exfoliation with a soft, unused toothbrush or cream with an exfoliator such as salicylic acid, which peels off dead skin cells and frees the hair. Here you can find more information about the best methods to deal with a self-immature person . Just resist the urge to squeeze or pinch the abdomen – this can lead to infection or scarring, Dr. Hsiao.
If you see a hair bow over your skin, you might theoretically try to put a sterile needle under the needle loop and try to gently pry out the embedded tip of your hair, says the Mayo Clinic . However, to do this, you need to self-sterilize a needle and perform a minor surgery on an area of your body that is difficult to detect. All this without hurting yourself. Could you possibly do it? For sure. Is it worth it to risk when the hump goes away by itself? Probably not.
If you are really busy with this problem on the bus and can not handle it, or if you cause severe pain and irritation, see your doctor. You can try the sterile needle technique and / or prescribe medications such as retinoids to remove dead skin cells, a steroidal anti-inflammatory cream, or an antibiotic ointment if you have a mild infection. says.
Your best bet: Prevent ingrowth right from the start!
"The easiest way to get rid of them and get no more ingrown hairs is to just let your hair grow longer," says Dr. Lipoff. If that just does not work for you, you should try to remove your hair less often than before, he says.
It's also a good idea to avoid getting your skin taut as you remove your hair (pulling the skin causes the cut hair to retract into the skin and re-penetrate the skin without first growing it up ), and do not tweet, as this may leave a hair fragment under the skin, the Mayo Clinic says. Here are many other ways to prevent ingrown hair from showing a bikini line – or anywhere else.