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?
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!