What Are The Do’s And Don’ts Of Shaving Down There?

Shaving your down-there area can be tricky and sometimes a little complicated. So what are the do’s don’ts of shaving down there?

ChickRx expert Evelyn Resh, Certified Sexuality Counselor and Nurse Midwife says: 

The biggest problem with shaving your genital area is that it can cause ingrown hairs and skin irritations. And let’s not forget the risk of nicking your skin – OUCH! Should this happen, there is the possibility of developing an infection if normal skin bacteria end up migrating into the tiny wound and multiplying. This isn’t all that common, but it’s not unheard of by any means, especially now that certain staph infections that we used to see in hospitals only have made their way out into communities.

I can completely understand wanting to remove the majority of pubic hair, especially if you have a lot of it and you tend to perspire, or if you want to avoid an accumulation of blood on the hair during your period. So, if you’re going to be shaving down there, there are a few things you should keep in mind.

I recommend using a pair of small scissors to clip the hair close to the skin, rather than shaving it off completely. Doing that is kinder to the skin. It’s also safer – you’re less likely to cut your skin with the scissors than you are with the razors, and so it reduces your risk of ingrown hairs and getting an infection.

If you really want to take a razor down there, make sure you use a new razor that doesn’t have dull blades. Don’t use soap – try moisturizing shaving cream instead. The best time to shave is during a shower or immediately after, when the area around the hair is softer. Work slowly and carefully and use a mirror so that you can avoid nicks and cuts. Shave in the direction the hair grows. And whether you’re using scissors or a razor, always make sure your hands are clean!

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  • Personally, I prefer wax. But i do shave sometimes. But if you want it to be more clear and last longer, you should try wax. pain is awful but worth it.

  • maddi

    i try shaving in the direction of the hair but i never can get the hair removed completely soo i shave in the oppisite dirrection which makes those little red bumps show up….. any advice on that? should i just wax?

  • Diane

    I cut myself between my lips and behind. Now my leg is feeling achey and sore can this be the cause.? It didnt feel this way before i shaved. Its also the same side as i cut. Any suggestions?

    • Lisa1111

      What ever happened with that? I wonder if you cut a superficial nerve causing the pain to radiate down to your leg.

  • Alisha

    I have been shaving down there and a couple of days ago i saw a pimple like spot close to the lips. I went to the doctor and i have cut myself there. If it didnt heal the way it did i would of had stichers! ep. All they did is put this tape on it and it should go back to normal. So gURLS do not try and shave there if u dont put alot of soap or shaving cream on. Lesson learned..

    • Lisa1111

      It’s a knick from shaving. You will get many of those…oh yes you will.

  • Ally

    Thanks a lot! 🙂