Many women claim problems with the unpleasant look of their pubic region as a consequence of repetitive scaring from razors and other tools used for shaving. Skin of this area is particularly sensitive and requires good care in order to remain undamaged.
What Can Cause These Scars?
Scaring represents the formation of fibrous tissue which replaces damaged tissue. The most common causes of scaring in pubic region are repetitive episodes of ingrown hair due to inappropriate way of hair removal. Ingrown hair is more common in women who have curly hair. What happens is that a hair fails to reach the surface of the skin and curls back continuing to grow under the skin. This causes skin damage in that particular spot and consequent inflammation, which can be additionally enhanced by infection.
Symptoms and Consequences of Repetitive Ingrown Hair
Patients usually report pain, itching and uncomfortable feeling in their pubic region. In some persons, hair simply has the tendency to grow in, so the process repeats again and again forming noticeable scars. Women also report brown areas or hyperpigmentations that remain after the inflammation subsides. The cause of these hyperpigmentations is increased production of skin pigment - melanin during the inflammation. After the inflammation is eliminated, epidermal layer of the skin retains melanin, and although the process is reversible, it usually takes from 6 to 12 months to disappear. If the process is repetitive, melanin goes deeper in the layer of the skin called dermis and it could take several years to be eliminated from there.
There are numerous skin care products on the market claiming to help with this issue, but before trying any of them, you should first change the method you are using to shave your pubic area, because it is definitely the cause of your problems.
It is very important for your razor to be sharp, so it can cut the hair in one move and by applying mild pressure on the skin. Multiple moves with blunt razors irritate the skin and increase the risk of infection. There are controversial opinions whether the shaving should be performed in the direction of hair growth or otherwise. After shaving, an emollient cream should be applied to skin in order to keep it hydrated and protected.
These changes should prevent new episodes of skin damage, but you should know that it will take time until your skin is repaired. To speed up the process, especially for hyperpigmented areas, you can use some soft, clean towels to mechanically exfoliate those areas. Do not apply high pressure, but do that every time during the shower.
Skin care products with Aloe Vera and vitamin C are recommended, as they decrease the risk of infection and promote skin healing. Effectiveness and safety of many natural remedies is not confirmed, so use only the products recommended by your dermatologist.
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