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How Do I Get Rid of Ingrown Hairs in the Bikini Area?

a woman with long nails trying to remove an ingrown hair in the bikini area on her stomach

Have issues with ingrown hairs in the bikini area? What's the best way to get rid of ingrown hairs? In short, stop shaving, start sugaring, and have a regular at-home care routine with the My Vikini Three-Step System!

What are ingrown hairs?

Ingrown hairs are when the hair grows back into the skin instead of toward the surface. When these develop, you may notice small round bumps; they may be filled with pus. In some cases, the area around the ingrown hair may become darker; this is called hyperpigmentation.

Ingrown hairs often occur due to shaving and are more common in the bikini area because the hair tends to be thicker and curlier than the rest of our bodies.

ingrown black hairs showing on the skin's surface as bumps

When a hair becomes ingrown, the body responds as if it were a foreign object eliciting an immune response. Some common symptoms include pain, itchiness, redness, and swelling. 

Managing Ingrown Hairs

Ingrown hairs can clear up on their own, but you can do a few things to get rid of ingrown hairs in the bikini area.

Stop Shaving

Continuing to shave when you have ingrown hairs will aggravate the sensitive area even more. The same goes for stretching or picking at them. 

Apply Warm Compress

Applying a warm compress, or sitting in a warm bath, can help bring the hair to the surface.


Gently wash and exfoliate around the affected area to help the hair return to the surface. Regular exfoliation before and after hair removal can also help to prevent ingrown hairs from developing.

Gently Pull Out the Hair

Once the hair has broken through the skin, you can grab it with tweezers and gently pull it out.

Don't try to pluck it until the skin has healed and the hair has broken through the skin. Don't dig into your skin.

Manage Symptoms

If you're experiencing a lot of pain, itchiness, or swelling, you can speak to your doctor about a steroid cream to help with these symptoms. 

Things to Avoid When Treating Ingrown Hairs

There are a few things you should never do when treating ingrown hairs, no matter how tempting it may be.

  1. Don't dig into the skin to remove them; this can lead to irritation and infection.
  2. Don't pop them.

How to Prevent Ingrown Hairs

One of the best ways to prevent ingrown hairs, if you are going to continue to groom your bikini area, is to switch from shaving or waxing to sugaring.

Both waxing and sugaring remove hair from the root, which plays a significant part in preventing ingrown hairs. Sugaring is better than waxing because it removes the hairs in the same direction as growth, decreasing the likelihood of broken hairs that may result in ingrown hairs.

Exfoliate before hair removal treatments and as part of your daily routine. Exfoliating helps remove dead skin cells and makes it easier to remove hairs and prevent them from breaking, which is an excellent preventative measure.

Best Post Hair-Removal Treatment 

Use the My Vikini Three-Step System to treat and prevent ingrown hairs and acne while hydrating and brightening your skin.

Wash with Salicylic Acid Body Wash

Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid that occurs as a natural compound in plants, is used in skincare as a chemical exfoliant to clear your pores, and is a common acne treatment.

As salicylic acid is oil-soluble, it penetrates deep into the skin to help remove the buildup associated with blackheads and whiteheads. It has properties that help manage skin redness and swelling, reduce acne's look, and speed up healing. As an effective chemical exfoliant, it helps shed dead cells from the top layer of the skin by removing the 'glue' that holds dead skin cells together.

While in the shower, take two full pumps of the Salicylic Acid Body Wash and rub onto the area affected with acne or ingrown hairs for two to three minutes. Lather the soap well on your skin to properly activate and receive full benefits. 

Apply Ingrown Hair Serum  

The Ingrown Hair Serum treats and prevents ingrown hairs while moisturizing the skin to remove bumps from waxing. This alcohol-free formula contains glycolic acid for gentle exfoliation.

Use the serum at night after the shower and after using the Salicylic Acid Body Wash:

  • Rub a few drops onto the areas affected by ingrown hairs
  • Pat into the area until your skin absorbs the product.
  • Seal the product with a thick moisturizer (Vaseline, Aquaphor, or CeraVe healing ointment). Note: When also using the Fading Cream, apply in this order: Serum, Fading Cream, Vaseline.

If using this product in the bikini area, do not wear underwear as you don't want any friction on your skin. If using this product on your inner thigh, do not wear any pants as you don't want any friction on your skin. 

Apply Hyperpigmentation Fading Cream

Hyperpigmentation Fading Cream is an integral part of the My Vikini Three-Step system. It helps fade dark spots and other skin discoloration in as little as two weeks. Results improve with continued use. 

The Fade Cream works best when used at the first sign of skin discoloration. Newer dark spots and discoloration fade faster than older ones.

Once marks fade, we recommend ending use.

  • Apply twice daily to the area affected with dark marks.

If used in combination with The Ingrown Solution, apply fading cream after the serum. Be sure the serum has fully absorbed into the skin before applying. If using in an area exposed to sunlight, layer this product with sunscreen once the fading cream has absorbed into the skin. 

Try the My Vikini Three-Step System today to help get rid of ingrown hairs and prevent them from coming back. 

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