A recent study published in the journal JAMA dermatology indicated that about one in four people injured themselves grooming pubic hair. Here are some tips for safe grooming!
Before you begin, apply a shaving cream. Avoid products with perfumes or alcohol, as they may irritate the sensitive skin of this area.
Use a new razor or make sure the blades are still sharp. The blades of disposable razors become dull quickly, which increases the risk of razor burns. If you reuse a razor, disinfect the blades with rubbing alcohol between each use.
To reduce the risk of cuts, pull a little on the skin to tend it in areas where the skin is looser. You could also use a mirror to guide the razor and reduce the risk of cuts in hard-to-reach areas.
If you use hot wax, pay close attention to temperature. You risk burning yourself, because the skin of the genital area is very sensitive. To be effective, the wax does not need to be very hot. It must simply be liquid enough to be easily manipulated.
The ingredients of depilatory creams may be irritating to the skin. They may be used on the bikini line (inner thighs) but should never be applied to the genital area itself. Always rinse thoroughly after the recommended time. Never leave the product longer than stipulated.
The area may remain sensitive and red for a few hours, especially after waxing. You can apply a moisturizing lotion, but choose a product for sensitive skin, fragrance and alcohol-free. Wear loose cotton underwear that will not rub on the area to avoid aggravating the irritation. Finally, to prevent ingrown hairs, you can gently rub the area with a wash cloth when you shower or take a bath.
Genital hair removal, a purely aesthetic choice
There is no medical reason to remove pubic hair. Worse, cuts and other skin damage associated with these practices increase the risk of contracting bacterial infections and some STIs, including genital herpes and condylomas.
If you prefer to groom, take the time to do it properly to avoid injuring your skin!