Pilonidal cyst hair removal

Though you might get a hundred different answers, most doctors agree that a pilonidal cyst is caused by loose hairs penetrating the skin. In response to this loose hair, the surrounding skin becomes irritated and/or inflamed and causes a cyst to form around the hair.

Therefore, it makes sense to try and keep the area clean and free from any loose hairs that can aggravate the cyst even more.

There are a few hair removal techniques you can implement to maintain a hair free environment around your pilonidal cyst.


Just pull out a good old razor and get to work. It’s best to soften the hair a bit with warm to hot water, so it is suggested to shave the area immediately after taking a bath or shower.

Shave around the cyst making sure not to touch the cyst itself. Try to shave as many hairs as possible. Repeat this process every so often to keep the hair at bay.

Depilatory creams

Depilatory creams are somewhere in the middle of shaving and waxing. It gets more hair beneath the skin than shaving, yet not quite as deep as waxing. On the whole it is relatively painless and doesn’t cause stubble.

When using a hair depilatory around your cyst, it is crucial that you do not apply the cream directly on the cyst. Especially not if there is an open wound.

The chemicals from the depilatory will irritate and inflame the cyst quite possible causing an infection. For a gentler depilatory that gets the job done, try The Bare Pair – Body Hair Management System. This product, while formulated for men is safe for all to use and is gentle to the skin.

Other popular over the counter depilatory creams include brands like Nair and Veet.

Laser hair removal

While it’s not cheap, laser hair removal is another viable option you have when it comes to getting rid of hair.

With laser hair removal, pulses of light penetrate the skin and essentially kill the hair root. No new hair grows and the area stays silky smooth permanently.

In order to obtain permanent results, however, several sessions may be required. Each one costing $50 or more. Each session is typically a month a part, but like I said, after several sessions you would never have to worry about hair in that location again.


While probably not the most practical way to remove hair from your buttocks, it does remove the hair from the root preventing it from growing back right away. Due to the complexity of this method you may consider seeking the help of someone else.


Another option is electrolysis. This one, like tweezing above, probably won’t be that practical for you since electrolysis involves zapping the hair root with electricity one-by-one. This can be a painful and time consuming process.

Like laser hair removal, it is considered permanent hair removal, but since laser removal can target numerous hairs at once, you’re better off going that route.

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Do you have a certain way you remove hair from around your pilonidal cyst?

If so, please share it with us in the comments below.


Michael Lynch is a former pilonidal cyst sufferer, freelance medical health researcher and writer. He devotes much of his free time helping other sufferers deal and cope with this terrible disease. Contact Michael

One Response to Pilonidal cyst hair removal
  1. Hairy Bum
    February 17, 2012 | 12:17 AM

    I try to shave my ass, near the top of the butt crack, but its so hard, plus im really hairy. I think I;ll try epilation with a cream. Maybe Nair. Hope it doesnt burn.

    Does anyone know if it will burn if I use it on my cyst?

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