I shaved off all my pubic hair tonight and it stings! Did I cut something down there? I really regret it and I read your other article and I don’t want an infection. If I let it grow back, would it be messed up forever with ingrown hair or red bumps? I used my shaving cream stuff to shave it, would that make it any better? Please help me not worry so much I’m only 14!
There’s no reason to freak out, girl! Getting bumps and a little stinging sensation when you shave down there is totally normal. You most likely don’t have an infection – if you do, it would be super irritated and really painful (If it is, just call up your doctor). Don’t worry, I’m sure you didn’t ruin your vay-jay-jay forever.
Shaving naturally causes red bumps and ingrown hairs, especially on the super soft and sensitive skin of your down there region. Usually, you’ll be a little irritated the first few days after shaving there, but it should go away as the hair grows back. Even though it’s normal, it can also be totally uncomfortable and annoying, so here are a few tips on how to avoid it for the next time:
If you want to shave it all off, take your time and don’t rush through it – that will definitely cause some painful cuts. The best time to shave is during or after you shower. Use a decent amount of shaving cream that is also moisturizing (no bar soap!), and a really good, new razor. Old razors are more dull and are much more likely to nick you or give you irritation. Use a mirror so you can see what you’re doing, and work slowly, using lots of warm water. Once you’re done, pat some baby powder down there, or use something like Sally Hansen’s Bikini Spray, which soothes the area.
But keep in mind that no matter how slowly you work or how much shaving cream you use, you’ll probably still end up with some bumps, just because that’s what happens when you shave. To avoid that completely, you can start getting waxed. It’s a little more expensive, and definitely a little more painful in the moment, but a lot of people swear by it. There’s also laser hair removal, which is a lot of money and a permanent solution. If you’re just looking for a little less hair down there, you could also try trimming with scissors – just be careful and don’t cut too close to the skin. Scissors should only be used to trim super long hairs.
For now, treat your bumps with the bikini spray mentioned above or some baby powder. And don’t let yourself completely stress out – shaving down there isn’t easy for anyone!
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