It’s 2016. A lot of intimate partners are going to expect you to look like a Ken doll down there. The problem is you have ingrown hair down there. You’re embarrassed and they look nasty. Not only that, you’re freaking out because you said you’d send some sexy pics later. There’s got to be a way to help ingrown hair on balls, right?
Of course, there is. And instead of spending hours on google searching, I've got you covered. I’ve been there, and I know from experience that ingrown hair on balls isn’t fun. And because I know that feel, I put together a quick and easy list for you to pick up some pointers when shaving yours.
#1: Stop Sucking at Shaving
Chances are, if you’re suffering from frequent bouts of ingrown hair on balls, you’re probably shaving wrong. Your specific hair and skin type might have something to do with it, but odds are good we’re looking at user error.
Ingrown hairs can happen when you don’t use enough/any shaving cream, lotion, or other moisturizing substance. This is also why waxing isn’t an ingrown hair-free solution to being smooth either. When the skin is dry, it can make the hair stalk brittle, causing it to break off in a wa7 that causes it to grow sideways. That’s what makes ingrown hairs look nasty later on, especially if it develops pus or cysts.
Also, it’s important to know the difference between normal, run-of-the-mill razor burn and ingrown hairs. Neither are pleasant, however, there is a difference. Learning how to properly shave down there will go a long way to preventing both.
A few tried and true pointers are:
- Keep the skin taut. Loose skin will cut more easily.
- Trim the bigger and harsher areas down first. This makes for a cleaner, smoother shave.
- Shave with the grain. Going against the grain will greatly increase your chances of cuts, nicks, razor burn, and ingrown hairs.
Just like when you first learned to shave your face, shaving your balls can take time and practice. Don’t let yourself become frustrated, and remember that it’s going to take some trial and effort before you get the hang of it. In fact, you may need new tools and equipment.
#2: Clean Your Work Area
Sometimes things that “go without saying” actually need to be said. So with that in mind, make sure you keep your area clean both before and after you shave. When you clean the area first, just like you should be doing with your face, it helps reduce a number of bacteria, frees the skin from oils and dirt and other debris, and helps make the skin a little smoother and easier to work a blade through.
In fact, if you consistently have dry, itchy skin and it’s causing ingrown hairs for you, try switching to a gentler soap. Those five-for-a-dollar soap bar packs are only making things worse on you. And if you still aren’t convinced, this will change your mind:
Another thing to consider is exfoliating your sack. Exfoliating both before and after a shave serves two purposes:
- Pre-shave it helps prepare the skin and hair for shaving, which reduces the likelihood of developing ingrown hairs later.
- Post-shave it helps flush excess soap, oil, or loose hair from your body. All three of these can become trapped in your pores and lead to rash, irritation, or ingrown hairs.
- Remember to rinse with cool water. Cool water helps close your pores. Open pores can become clogged with soap, dirt, or loose hair and cause irritation.
- For excessive dryness, try a gentle moisturizer afterward.
By removing dried and dead skin from your balls, you leave them fresh and smooth as a baby’s ass. Not like sandpaper. Whether only you’ll be touching them, or someone else, you’ll thank yourself. And so will she. Or he. You know what? Everyone will be happy.
- You might like our guide to shaving your balls.
#3: Tweeze ‘Em
If you’ve ever yanked a stray hair out of your nose, you already know that this is going to suck. However, it's a quick and effective solution, especially if time is a factor. Got a hot date later? You can’t really have any gross ingrown hairs hanging around, can you? Heads up, men with curlier or thicker hair will need to tweeze more than other hair types.
Before you just start going nuts pulling out your ball hair, please do this correctly. There’s no point putting yourself through the process if you’re not going to do it right. It isn’t complicated, but here’s a quick primer on the process:
1. Use a hot compress on the area to be plucked; it’ll help open the pores and make it easier.
2. Make sure you cleaned both the skin and the tweezers so you don’t wind up causing an infection.
3. Pull out the hair, but don’t yank so hard you damage the actual follicle. That can cause a whole other set of problems. Be firm, yet gentle. You’re pulling hair out of your body, not weeding the backyard. Slow and steady wins the race.
4. Apply an antiseptic. This will help keep the area clean and prevent further ingrown hair growth. You can also put a warm compress over the area again after you’re finished and it will help heal the swelling and irritation.
#4 Use a Better Razor Blade
This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, but if you’re using an old dull blade, you’re going to get ingrown ball hairs. Think of shaving your face. An old, dull blade tugs and pulls at your facial hair. In the same way, a busted razor blade is going to yank and snap your ball hairs rather than cut them.
Not everyone knows when it’s time to toss out your old razor and you may be doing way more harm than good without even realizing it. More than any other reason, an old razor blade may be the reason you experience ingrown hairs on your balls, or anywhere else.
The next step should be to find the right shaver for you that combines safety and closeness. Some guys prefer disposable, others like body shavers. Just make sure that you won’t have to take a trip the emergency room after you use it. This is especially true if you enjoy using a double edge safety razor or even an old school single blade. While these get closer than any disposable or electric will, it may get a little too close if you aren’t familiar with using them.
Regardless of which type of razor or shaver you use, everyone should follow up with an antiseptic and talcum powder afterward. The antiseptic will reduce the chance of ingrown hairs and the powder will keep you from wanting to scratch the boys clean off later.
It’s best to go slow and steady and to trim first. Regardless of how new or sharp your blade may be, trying to hack through it all at once when you need a weed whacker will quickly dull the blade. Not just that, but you’ll wind up getting frustrated fast.
#5: Know When You Have a Serious Problem
There’s the normal smell of ball sack, and then there’s “oh my god what is that smell.” Normally, you probably won’t be too aware as long as everything stays healthy. However, if ingrown hairs on balls or anywhere is left alone for too long an infection may develop. If that happens, you’ll notice an abnormal amount of stank going on.
You know your body better than anyone. Whether you respond best to over-the-counter antibacterial gels and creams, or need something a little more natural for extra sensitive skin, start there and see if the condition improves.
Some men can handle using the same aftershave that they use for their face. If you can handle it, more power to you, and no sense in using something different than what already works. Other guys wind up needing an all-natural approach like tea tree oil or other natural oils. Just be sure you aren’t using too much, and that the oils have time to seep into the skin and work their magic.
Left alone, ingrown hairs can cause major problems so don’t just assume “they’ll go away.” If the conditions that promote ingrown hairs are present, you’re more likely to get them again and again. It's best to take care of it now than pay for it later.
#6: Tea Bag your Tea Bag
Seriously. Black tea (like regular Lipton tea) contains tannic acid which helps reduce inflammation while also providing a soothing sensation. To use:
- Moisten a tea bag with warm water
- Rub the bag over the affected area for 2-3 minutes. In this case, the affected area is your sack.
- Rub in a circular motion around the affected area, this has the added benefit of manipulating the ingrown hair, hopefully straightening it out.
You can repeat this daily, or several times a day if desired. After a few days, you should see a reduction in inflammation and the ingrown hair should be resolved.
#7 Let’s Get Baked
Relax, we’re talking about baking soda here. Sorry to get your hopes up. Baking soda is a natural exfoliator and also has anti-inflammatory properties. Similar to the teabag solution, mix baking soda with warm water and apply to the affected area with a cotton ball.
Alternatively, you can make a homemade scrub using one teaspoon each of oatmeal and baking soda. Add a tablespoon of water and mix to form a paste. Apply the paste to the affected area for five minutes. Rinse with cold water.
The best part about this solution and the teabag maneuver is that they can be done using household ingredients. Your roommate may wonder where all the baking soda and tea is going. Whatever he thinks, he's not thinking you’ve got some ingrown hair on balls going on.
- Check out our 5 Tips on Manscaping!
Go Get ‘Em, Tiger!
That's all I have for you for now. Hopefully, you were at least mildly amused by this list. Maybe you even learned how to get rid of those nasty ingrown hairs from your balls. I know I hate them, and after hearing other guys complain about ingrown hairs, I felt like I needed to put this together for you.
There are a lot of home remedies for ingrown hairs, too many to cover in just one article. Do you have a favorite remedy? Let me know in the comments!