Ingrown Hair on Penis: Facts on Ingrown Hairs & How to Remove Them

The ingrown hair on penis is a pimple-like bump found on the penile area. The patient may have more than one ingrown hair. They manifest as pin down tan thuds, and they are normally pus-filled if infected. The ingrown can be unpleasant, painful, and itchy.

Irrespective of the fact that it is a single ingrown or a number of ingrown hairs you are advised to treat them. Failure to do that may lead to infected bumps filled with pus.    

Facts on Ingrown Hair

Normally, it is common for the penile area to have embedded hairs. In most cases, ingrown hairs can appear on different body parts with hairs. Usually, the condition is associated with shaving. This is very true, but there are other causes, such as curly hair, blunt razor blades, ordinary soap, dead skin cells buildup, too much oil on the skin, waxing, dry scrotum skin, and coarse hair.

  1. Poor Shaving

Shaving is considered the leading cause of ingrown hair. Poor shaving techniques are strongly associated with the condition. If you do not shave your crotch and scrotum properly, you may end up truncating the hair improperly leading to the development of ingrowing hair.

  1. Curly Hair

If you have curly hair, you should be rest assured that you are vulnerable. Chances of hair growing inside the crotch and scrotum skin surfaces are high where curly hair grows. The logic is very simple. When you shave your curly hair inappropriately, the remaining tips tend to twist back towards the skin. Consequently, skin pores end up blocking, causing new hair to grow inside.

  1. Blunt Razor

A bunt blade is so notorious as far as ingrown hair bump on penile shaft is concerned. A dull blade will force you to shave the same spot more than once. This will significantly drive the shaved hair to mass the pores. This causes ugly bumps and ingrowing hair to develop on the surface of the scrotum.

  1. Regular Soap

The biggest mistake you can make as a man is shaving your penile area with regular soap.

Usually, regular soap clogs the skin pores and you need to wash it off. It is wise to use washing creams, because they moist the penile area and do not interfere with hair growth

  1. Dead Skin Cells Buildup

Dead skin cells are commonly an outcome of poor bathing practices. If you do not wash your penial area properly every time you bath, dead skin buildups. This makes it difficult for growing hair to pop out of the pores. They end up curling inwards leading to the formation of ingrown hair on penile shaft.

  1. Too Much Oil on the Penile Skin

You should know that oily skin has the effect of blocking skin pores. The blockage caused by oily skin is sufficient to cause the hair to curl inwards just below the skin surface leading to the development of ingrown hair.

  1. Dry Scrotum Skin

Dry skin is always a threat to hair growth. Therefore, dry scrotum skin tends to impede the growth of hair on the area. The hair does not get the required nourishment to surface out of the skin. For that reason, you need to keep the skin on the penile area moist to avoid ingrowing hair.

  1. Too Tight Clothing

Tight clothing has been a new fashion for both men and women of the society. Research suggests that tight clothing has a negative effect on the penile area, which can cause the development of ingrown hair. Experts recommend that we wear slightly loose or cotton clothing.

According to research, ingrown hair on penis is a common condition among people with curly and thick hair . Generally, blocked pores is the main cause of ingrown hair.

Symptoms of Ingrown Hair on Penile Area

  • Red bumps, popularly known as razor bumps. This is common after epilating hair, waxing, or shaving.
  • The razor bumps do usually have a dark spot at the middle, which is the ingrown hair’s head. It is the point from which you can start removing the hair.
  • The razor bump appearance does usually worsen when infected. You may have a boil or a cyst. In most cases, a boil will secrete pus.
  • A scar is unavoidable once the infected razor bump is treated and healed.

Razor Bump Infection & Cyst

In normal circumstances, the ingrown hair bump on penile shaft will appear as a simple bump. However, the same cannot be said if the area is infected because of dead skin cells, bacteria, or excessive sebum or oil. Unlike a normal ingrown hair bump, an infected one will produce an itching sensation. You should know that infected bumps, which are full of abscess, are normally ugly and unhygienic. You need to manage the condition while it is still within normal range. More infection causes the body to fight back leading to localized body defense that forms a hard painful lump.     

Infection & Cyst Risk Factors

  • Scratching
  • Picking
  • Squeezing
  • Poor hygiene

First Time Experience

Ingrown hair is a common thing for most people, but they have no idea. If it is your first experience, you will not grasp that it is an inward growing hair. You may probably try to squash the bump, which may or may not produce puss. If you successfully remove the hair from such an inexperienced action, the bump should disappear after a while. However, if you fail to remove the hair, the lump will most likely grow and appear reddish in color.

By this time, you should have realized that it is an ingrown hair. Most people will think of removing the ingrown hair or hairs, but you should not attempt to do anything if you have no idea of what to do. The research content provided in this article should help you manage the condition. If checking out online sources for info seems like a long shot, then you can choose to see a physician for medical assistance.

How to Get Rid of Ingrown Hairs

Ingrown hair on penile shaft removal should always be your desired choice of treatment, if you are only dealing with a few hairs. Like all surgical procedures, you need to be careful when extracting the hairs from your body. The following are the main steps you should follow when removing ingrown hair.

Step 1: Start the procedure by applying 1% of hydrocortisone a few days prior. This is a crucial step since it helps minimize inflammation of the pores.  

Step 2: You have to massage the affected areas with warm compresses once the inflammation has subsided.

Step 3: The procedure gets easier and painless when you continue massaging the affected areas with hot compresses. You should carry on with the hot compresses until the ingrown hair (s) is visible from the skin surface.

Step 4: You should wash the bump if it is infected. Use antibacterial cleaning agent to reduce the bacterial effect prior to removing the hair or hairs.

Step 5: Disinfect your operating pin and tweezers. Sterilizing these working tools is important; it helps avoid any further infection.

Step 6: Now you are ready to commence the operation.

Non-Infected Bump

  • Locate the head of the bump, which in most cases is indicated with a black spot.
  • Then use the surgical pin to prick the head. You should be able to expose the upper part of the hair.
  • If the hair is short, you can simply pull it out by pressing on the skin with the pin.
  • However, you will be forced to use your tweezers if the hair is long.
  • Just puncture the head to gain access to the hair.
  • Once it is exposed use the tweezers to slowly pull it out.
  • You will have to expedite each removal if you have several hairs to remove.

Infected Bump (Cyst)

  • The process will slightly change when dealing with infected ingrown hairs. 
  • First, puncture the head to release the pus. It can take a few moments to access the head of the hair beneath the pus.
  • Keep on puncturing and cleaning off the pus until you access the hair.
  • Then gently squeeze the hair by pressing it on the skin until the head surfaces on the skin.
  • Use your tweezers to carefully pull out the entire hair, and clean off the discharge.

Step 7: Use an antibacterial or antimicrobial ointment to treat the pores. This is a very essential step since it will hinder any further infections.

The Best Antibacterial Agents You Can Use to Stop Infection

You need a reliable cleaning agent so as to stop further infection, especially if the bumps are already infected, and they are full of pus.

  1. Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil for ingrown hair on penis

The essential oil of tea tree has a very good reputation for treating numerous skin infections. In history, this natural oil has been used by many ancient societies to treat skin problems. What makes tea tree oil such a resourceful oil is its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiviral properties. Do not apply this oil directly on your skin. Dilute one part of tea tree oil to four parts of vegetable oil, and use a cotton pad to clean the head of the ingrown hair and the surrounding. You should first do a patch test to see if you have sensitive skin. To do a patch test, take a drop of the mixture and apply it on uninfected part of your skin. Continue using the mixture if you do not experience any allergic reaction.

  1. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera for ingrown hair on penis

This is considered a natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent. You can use the extract from the leaf to disinfect the bumps before extracting the hair and after extracting the hair. Apart from reducing inflammation and preventing bacterial infection, Aloe Vera helps soothe as well as heal the pores after hair removal.  

  1. Castor Oil

Castor Oil for ingrown hair on penis

This is a remarkable healing medium, which is very effective for inflammation and swelling. It has wonderful therapeutic effect when applied to the pores after the removal of ingrown hair. Though you can apply it sparingly on the bumps, it is wise to use it in the form of a pack, which is a piece of folded white flannel soaked with castor oil.         

In Conclusion

In some situations the ingrown hairs do usually disappear after a while if you do not pick or squeeze them. However, you can easily remove the ones that are too close to the skin surface. The best way to avoid the development of ingrown hair is to avoid poor hygiene practices, especially on the penile area.

Ingrown hair on penile shaft picture


Sources and References

  2. Steady Health Ingrown Hair/Lump On Shaft Of Penis
  3. WikiBooks Body Hair Removal/Technique
  4. Channel4 Embarrassing Illnesses Ingrowing Pubic Hair

  1. Reply
    Mark May 14, 2017 at 6:09 am

    Thank you so much for the article. It is a delicate problem, so I was kind of embarassed to tall to somebody about it.

  2. Reply
    Harry May 14, 2017 at 6:11 am

    So I tried castor oil…well, I should tell you I never smelled funnier in my life. Now I use aloe vera, so it’s good. ) You don’t want to be smelling like castor oil, believe me

  3. Reply
    Molly May 14, 2017 at 6:13 am

    Do you think I can use the same recommendations for myself? I have curly hair, so ingrown hair problem is a regulra visitor.

    • Reply Monika Pearson
      Monika Pearson May 14, 2017 at 6:18 am

      Yes, sure, you can use the suggested blends, they will work just as good for women as they do for men.

  4. Reply
    Mike May 14, 2017 at 6:24 am

    Good recommendations! Thank you. My skin reacts much better to oils then to creams, for some reason.

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