Hair growth on buttocks and around the anus is natural and a normal phenomenon. In fact it serves a purpose of ventilation to keep the skin dry. Hair on buttocks also reduces friction and chaffing. Number of men and women prefer to remove their body hair including the tail feathers. Despite a clean look and feel, ingrown hair is one of the consequences of shaving hair on buttocks. Having ingrown hair on buttocks is much annoying and painful experience for the person.
The condition occurs when the hair is trapped under the skin.Instead of growing outwards, the tip of hair curls back and starts growing into the skin. This results in inflamed and painful red bump. Sometimes the ingrown hair may get infected, leading to formation of a boil filled with pus.
Ingrown hair on gluteal area can make a person’s life miserable as he is unable to sit on the painful swollen bump. Fortunately there are simple home tricks and natural methods to resolve the issue and ease the patient from this agonizing problem.
What Causes Ingrown Hairs On Buttocks?
Ingrown hairs can occur on any hairy surface.It is more common on shaved areas of armpits, face, neck and pubis. It may also occur while shaving hair on buttocks and around the anal area. There are several factors which may be responsible for inward growth of hair after shaving or breaking.
The condition is more common in men as the hair on buttock area is coarse and curled, especially in African Americans. However, anyone from teenagers to adults can become victim of ingrown hair on buttock area.
- One of the major reasons for ingrown hair on buttock area is improper shaving techniques. The hair that is cut too short may tend to have sharp edge which can easily pierce the skin leading to ingrown hair. Shaving without using gels and moisturizing cream increases the vulnerability of skin irritation. Besides, close shaving also increases the risk of cuts and bruises which may add up the problem to already irritated skin.
- The skin around the buttocks is sensitive and it is prone to irritation because of constant friction with hard surface while sitting. The hair may break and the new hair may grow inwards due to pressure.
- The risk of infection increases if the shaving kit is unhygienic and unclean.
- Dead skin cells get accumulated easily as the area of buttocks is not exfoliated or scrubbed regularly by many people. The pile of dead skin cells may block the hair follicle opening which increases the risk of hair growing sideways.
- Wearing tight fitting trousers, especially jeans increase the risk of ingrown hair on buttock area.
- Shaving against the hair growth may contribute to cause inward growth of hair in any region, including buttock.
How To Get Rid Of Ingrown Hairs On Buttocks Naturally?
Ingrown hair on buttocks is not a serious condition although it is painful and embarrassing problem. Sometimes the condition may heal without any treatment. However, since the area is sensitive and painful while sitting, measures should be taken to heal the condition as early as possible. Ingrown hair on buttock can be treated easily with home remedies and other natural ways.
- Use a fine sterilized needle to remove the ingrown hair if it is visible. Instead of needle, you can also use tweezers. This technique will help to remove the piled debris in the hair follicle and reduce pain after some hours. But before removing the hair, clean the area with spirit or any disinfecting solution to prevent entry of germs in the hair follicle. Also use sterilized articles to remove the trapped hair.
- If there is an infection, apply a paste prepared by mixing honey and turmeric powder. Both have natural anti bacterial properties which may be useful in dealing with infection.
- Warm compresses on the affected area will help to soften the entrapped hair follicle. It will be then easier to remove the ingrown hair with sterilized needle.
- Applying diluted tea tree essential oil will help to reduce pain and redness. Tea tree oil has natural antibacterial qualities which may help to treat infection in ingrown hair.
- If the swelling is large with formation of abscess, consult the doctor as the condition may require incision and drainage.