Question

I shaved recently and bumps popped up around my panty line. They don't hurt or itch. They are skin colored and there is not many. They don't scab. They just turn black like pimples do. Please help.


Answer

What you are seeing are either ingrown hairs or "black heads."

Ingrown hair is usually this is more of a problem with people who have very curly or kinky hair. What happens is that shaving leaves a hair with a point just below the skin line. As it grows, it curls and the point snags the edge of the skin. The hair ends up twisting just below the skin level and is the dark spot in the center. However, ingrown hair typically hurts and get red around the bump.

Black heads are found on people with large pores and oily skin. The black spots are the clog in the pore that may eventually lead to a pimple if an infection sets in. Shaving opens pores on the skin making black heads more likely. One cheap way of dealing with black heads is using a little toothpaste on the spot. Toothpaste has very mild scrubbing particles in it that can get down in the pores. After using, rinse with hot water. To prevent this from happening again, wash the area first with an antibacterial soap and hot water. Then use a shaving gel which will protect the skin from the razor.