11:55 am - 01/25/2010

Itchy, Painful Pubic Hair

Okay this is a really random question/rant.

Lately the skin on my mound, hidden underneath all that bushy hair, has started to itch like crazy. Not just itch, but really painfully itch. I touch the area and it just hurts, and moving the hair around just makes it worse. Seriously, I'm talking like a burning, oh god stop touching it pain.

Now I have nothing that looks out of the ordinary; no bumps of any kind, no infected looking follicles, no weird little things eating at my skin, no rash. The skin is red as all get out but I think that's mostly from me scratching it. It doesn't even seem to be flaking off like it's super dry or anything.

Thing is, I just shaved along my bikini line the week before. And it's fine and dandy. Not itchy, no problems whatsoever. But as soon as the hair starts it's like a war zone. And it can't be just itchiness of new hairs because I've never shaved my mound.

So I'm at a loss and am trying to combat it with moisturizers. It's not much better, but a little. My new problem is that I have so much damned hair that I can't easily get the lotion to the skin. Oil works a little better but the hair is still determined to keep everything away from the skin.

So kind of a two fold question set:

1) Has anyone else ever dealt with this insane itching? And more importantly the weird pain from moving the hair? Is there something I should be concerned about or is it likely just the winter skin from hell that I'm guessing it is?

2) Any tips for making it better? I'm tempted to shave everything off just so I can slather the skin, but I really don't want to deal with growing their hair back out and all the fun that entails. Any tips for keeping it from doing this again? I was going to try a baking soda paste to see if that helps tonight (since it works when I get pad rash).

Thanks!

EDIT: Lanacane is awesome, seriously. I don't know why I didn't think of it sooner. At least I found something to shut it up for more than five minutes.
mrar 25th-Jan-2010 07:00 pm (UTC)
I'd exfoliate if I was you. I'd suspect it's a lot of dry skin getting caught around the base of your hairs. I would trim it with scissors to get to the skin easier and then exfoliate. I exfoliate by mixing a bit of sugar with a bit of skin-friendly oil (extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, etc) rubbing it on, and rinsing it off.

After that I would just let it be for a couple days, as doing too much to it can just further irritate the skin and perpetuate the cycle!
airenwoodmoon 25th-Jan-2010 07:54 pm (UTC)
I've tried to exfoliate with my plastic loofah thingy but I'll try with the sugar scrub. Thanks!
archangelbeth 25th-Jan-2010 07:02 pm (UTC)
My leg hair can get the skin all irritated and itchy/scratchy if the hair there gets long and is then pulled "against the grain" (I could not wear tights as a kid because they pulled the hair around and GAH!)... And since I've been trimming my nether-fur with a beard trimmer, if it gets too long I discover it is very itchy unless I clean there a bit more obsessively than is normally required.

So... Hrm. Maybe try trimming down significantly (but not shaving entirely, to avoid some re-growth issues) and trying the paste? If that doesn't work, perhaps consult a dermatologist?

Good luck!
airenwoodmoon 25th-Jan-2010 09:03 pm (UTC)
Yeah! It's that against the grain feeling, but from every direction. And a lot worse than normal (usually I have the issue when my underwear has flattened the hair down and then I try and move it).

I'll try trimming down and see if that works. Hopefully this is a one time thing, I actually like having my obscenely long pubic hair. :D

Thanks!
archangelbeth 25th-Jan-2010 11:38 pm (UTC)
When my legfur is long, and pressed down by socks for a while... Yeah, every movement is "against the grain." Owie! Crossing fingers for you! (Heh. You remind me of the dream I had, that my netherfur had gotten so long, it was dreadlocks down to my ankles, and it spread out along my legs like a skirt... It was a weird dream.)
natane 25th-Jan-2010 07:15 pm (UTC)
don't shave it. just buzz it short. that'll help with getting lotion in and such.
wonder if some hydrocortisone cream would help with the itchiness?
sounds like it sucks, though :(
airenwoodmoon 25th-Jan-2010 09:06 pm (UTC)
I've thought about the cream, but I don't have anything available to me right now at home except for the vagisil cream. (Trust me, it looked pretty good to me last night. XD ) That's why I wondered about the paste.

Thanks!
onsides 26th-Jan-2010 03:36 am (UTC)
I am having the same exact problem as you D:
I was given Balneol by a friend for the horrible itchiness today, I haven't tried it out yet but I'll let you know if it works :D
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