About a week ago, I shaved my pubic hair to the skin, on a whim — which was not a great idea. I’ve done it several times before, but mostly just trim things, as I got pretty bad ingrown hairs. This time I got a pretty close shave and thought I’d done well, but ingrown-wise, things didn’t turn out so well. (Fair warning: the specifics of this are rather gross. Background: 18 years old, currently in college, FAAB, no STIs.)
I have issues with skin-picking, especially at anything resembling a blemish or an ingrown hair, and so I’ve been trying to fish out the ingrown hairs, either scratching and digging with (clean) hands or with tweezers. (The ingrowns are only on the mons pubis, there’s none on my labia.) For the most part I’ve been successful, and nothing hurts/is swollen or blemishy. But there’s a few spots where things are slightly swollen/puffy, like “lurking” acne, and painful when touched. (I get what I think might be cystic acne on my face, where it gets swollen and pink on the surface but the actual, er, contents of the blemish is buried deep under the surface. One of them still visibly has a hair trapped under the skin, and when I’ve pressed on the other swollen spots, something like pus came out. (It was the same color as what comes out of a blemish on my face, no greenish color or discoloration, but still seemed a little worrying. I’m really worried about stuff like MRSA, being at college, but that seems unlikely, I have no fever and no other symptoms besides this.) I’ve tried to keep everything clean, wear cotton underwear, etc. and have cleaned the area with soap, hydrogen peroxide, and rubbing alcohol. (As a recovering self-harmer, I had a lot of fear of infections, and my ability to actually take care of minor wounds and keep them clean is kind of primitive. But I still really worry.)
Is this an infection I should seek help for or just an unfortunate side effect of ingrown hairs in general? And I know I should probably quit picking at it, and I’ll try. Definitely not doing that again.