11:06 am - 04/09/2009

The bump/pimple/ingrown hair that won't die. Remedies?

Hey all! I've got a bump "thing" in my pubic hair, on the pubic mound, and it appears to be either A) a "blind" pimple that does not want to come to a head or B) a deep ingrown hair, which I'm prone to getting. My skin is very acne-prone and bump-prone everywhere, alas. The little bugger appeared on Monday; I'd both shaved the area and had a good amount of sex the day before, so okay, some irritation is to be expected.

Problem is, none of my at-home remedies are working on this sucker. Soaking in a bath and applying warm compresses brought out a bit of pus, but it's obviously not bringing out the whole mess. Trying to pop it (bad, I know!) has only served to make it tender and angry. My skin has recently become very sensitive to tea tree oil so I'm holding off on applying that to try and shrink it.

Does anyone have any other ideas for home remedies that might encourage this thing to run its course? Just keep hot-compressing it till it pops? It feels like there is a core (or whatever it might be) about the size of a pea under there, much like what happens when I get a blind pimple on my face.

I'm just no good at patiently letting things heal up! Sigh. Thanks in advance for any ideas!!!
christiespace 9th-Apr-2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
I read some place that hemorrhoid cream will reduce the swelling... and it was used on the face too, to reduce swelling and redness of pimples.
I'm no expert but it may help
life_as_a_sock 10th-Apr-2009 11:17 am (UTC)
Thanks! I may try that!
christiespace 10th-Apr-2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
You are welcome, I hope it helps you.
I have had those damn things before and I always poke at them! But now that I know about the cream myself I will try it next time! :)

Hope your better soon.
crashhooligan 9th-Apr-2009 05:17 pm (UTC)
I do this, too.
rockstarbob 9th-Apr-2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'd sterilize a needle as best I can and lance it myself, too. It's the only way I've been able to get any relief, and I am also not the type to wait it out. Plus, dang, it's uncomfortable!

You know your body best, OP, so you know if that kind of thing is going to leave you prone to infection. Use your best judgment!
yeshailey 9th-Apr-2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
i do this, sometimes it's just necessary. my ingrown hairs will not calm down unless the hair is plucked.
life_as_a_sock 10th-Apr-2009 11:18 am (UTC)
I would totally do this if I could see the hair! :(
elephantus45 9th-Apr-2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
Since its on the mound I'd suggest slathering it in a mixture of neosporin (kills bacteria) and Benedryl cream (reduces the swelling and pain as a by product).

I've been getting blind pimples frequently lately, its so frusterating.
life_as_a_sock 10th-Apr-2009 11:19 am (UTC)
Thanks! I've been putting neosporin on it especially since my attempts to pop it sort of messed with the top layer of skin and now it's a bit scabby. Ugh. :(
water_childe 9th-Apr-2009 06:03 pm (UTC)
try some lavender oil. much gentler on the skin.
i also find white vinegar, applied with a a q-tip is excellent for almost instantly diminishing all sorts of zits or bumps.
life_as_a_sock 10th-Apr-2009 11:20 am (UTC)
Lavender oil, I hadn't heard of that. Good idea. Thanks! As for the vinegar, do you use it even if you've tried to pop the thing and broken the skin?
water_childe 10th-Apr-2009 04:05 pm (UTC)
Vinegar, I've used on broken skin, but it is slightly burny.
No worse then rubbing alcohol, though.
dreatastespie 9th-Apr-2009 06:05 pm (UTC)
Gah I have this too. Its been there for months. I've managed to pop it and it came back a week or two later. And it felt like a small pea was under it last month and I stuck a needle in it and clear liquid pussed out. but now its back to being like a pimple.
I'm not very patient eitherrr.
Sorry I'm not help lol I just felt like I could relate.
life_as_a_sock 10th-Apr-2009 11:21 am (UTC)
Ugh, how frustrating!! I hope yours clears up!!
pinkbelle7 9th-Apr-2009 07:53 pm (UTC)
Okay, I would keep putting a hot wash cloth or what not on it same with neosporin or Benedryl.. I thought I had an ingrown hair like a week or so ago, turns out it was a boil.. (I would check on WebMD if thats what it is)

good luck, I hoep it goes away for you
life_as_a_sock 10th-Apr-2009 11:21 am (UTC)
Thanks! Yeah, I'm going to keep on with the compresses, and with neosporin. In trying to pop the thing I broke the skin, so now it's a bit of a mess. :(
yeshailey 9th-Apr-2009 08:07 pm (UTC)
some suggested hemorrhoid cream. i apply that for acne cysts on my face and it works fairly well. i actually just applied some to a bunch of ingrown hairs on my mound as well.
life_as_a_sock 10th-Apr-2009 11:25 am (UTC)
Thanks! I may try this!
pinkdramon 9th-Apr-2009 10:24 pm (UTC)
Topical, diluted Tea tree oil?

I would keep on with the hot compresses too.
life_as_a_sock 10th-Apr-2009 11:26 am (UTC)
Hot compresses, definitely! I just can't do tea tree. I didn't elaborate in my post but basically my skin dries up, blisters up, and scabs over if tea tree oil touches it! This has happened on three different spots - two on my face - and it's so painful! I know a lot of people who can use it with great results and I did, for a while, until all of a sudden this reaction started happening! :(
princessdsf 10th-Apr-2009 01:37 am (UTC)
I second tea tree oil. I use it religiously on any bump, bite, nick, scratch, pimple, etc. It's wonderful. Honestly, I don't dilute it at all to get the full effect. It can cause a bit of tingling at first, but to me it's soothing.
life_as_a_sock 10th-Apr-2009 11:28 am (UTC)
Man, I wish I could still do tea tree oil! For a while I could use it, and was having great luck with it on a hypertrophic scar on my nostril piercing and with zits on my face. Then, out of the blue, when I used it on a zit on my face, my skin went haywire. The skin dried out, blistered, crusted, itched, and just generally misbehaved. About a week later I tried again and same result. :(
moropus 10th-Apr-2009 03:45 pm (UTC)
My doctor once told me to put toothpaste on pimples. It draws them out and dries them. Since you've already picked it will sting. We were discussing my face, but as long as its on your mound and not more delicate tissues, it seems the same to me. Or maybe a mud mask? Or a blackhead extractor? That's a little tool with a hole in the end they sell next to the nail files and things like that.
tornishca pimples8th-Jun-2010 12:47 pm (UTC)
hi,
my name is Stewart T.
i suffer of forehead acne and i tried many treatments, but it didn't help.
you can try also Neutrogena products. For many peoples, it worked, but not foe me.
good luck!
solving1 deep ingrown hair12th-Jan-2014 10:21 pm (UTC)
Hi I had ingrown pubic hair that was so deep that I couldn't see it and dismissed it as a pimple. A couple months later, it was still there and becoming red and swollen.

The way I got rid of it was a process over three weeks. Because it was so deep I had to remove a lot of skin to get to it. First I sterilised a needle and drained the pus by piercing a hole in the surface. Then I used betadine to clean the wound. After a day the area dried up and formed some sort of scab. Once the scab was healed I exfoliated the area after each hot shower. There was still a bump and it was still quite red but I had removed a layer of skin with without bleeding too much.

I repeated the process of draining pus, letting it heal whilst sterilising it with betadine and exfoliating, three times until gradually I removed enough skin for the hair to pop out.

I think the key is to remove pus and skin very gradually and don't dig into the skin too deep with the needle. I found that each time I drained the pus, the top layer of skin dried up skin which had healed and fell away very easily when exfoliating after a hot shower. Remember to always sterilise your needle with a lighter or boiling water.
Paul Finholt Cure for bump/pimple/ingrown hair14th-Sep-2014 05:18 pm (UTC)
I have had acne since I was a teenager. This morphed into adult acne. I gave up on finding a cure as many dermatologists had no effect through the years. My biggest problem area was my upper back. I discussed this with a close friend of many years who suggested I try Proactiv. I only ordered their "Blackhead Dissolving Gel." It seemed to be working but the results were very slow. After 2 weeks of following the directions I basically ignored the manufacturers recommendations. I left the gel on 2 to 4 hours (opposed to 5 min), followed by a hot bath, followed by laying cloths soaked with peroxide on area, followed by aloe vera gel, repeating multiple times in a session for up to 3 sessions a day. Only use the peroxide if absolutely necessary & stop using it on an area as soon as possible to allow the skin to close the enlarged pores. The skin's primary mission is to keep out foreign organisms so you must allow the skin to close the pores once the blackhead has erupted. This process will be hampered by using too much peroxide. Don't force them out, they will erupt with blackhead & core in tact down to follicle. This is the ideal as skin will heal quickly. It appears I opened up 1,000 clogged pores. Upon examination with magnifying glass what remained in tub, most had a hair involved with the blackhead. Perhaps 1/4 had a hair lump inside the clogged pore. With the blackhead liguidfied a loofah will remove whats left including blackhead core, hair & hair lumps. I am astonished that so much hair was balled up under my skin. There is no way skin can heal with all that was under my skin. There were 3 small groups of blackheads that would not open up using gel & peroxide. Save these until last. Then in a marathon session lasting as long as it takes to get the blackheads to erupt (mine took 8 hours) repeat same process over & over with water as hot as you can stand it, then apply pressure on them while under hot water. They will be painful but the hot water makes it bearable. This is last resort as the blackhead will break apart. But the pore will start working again & over next 2 weeks skin fluids will push what remains to surface & it will scab over. The scab is the liquified remains of the blackhead, it's hair & core. Let it fall off on its own. When a pimple is no longer sensitive, then all of the blackhead & hair is gone. It took 16 weeks to clear all pores but my skin has flattened, is smooth with normal color as if I never had acne. Do not try this with sensitive skin. Also, initially follow directions then only work up to longer sessions if you have to.
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