I am 14-years-old and I need your help. I recently started shaving my pubic hair because I am terrified of hair sticking out of my bikini. This past month, I have been getting little red spots down there like a day or two after I shave. They go away quickly but I’m freaked out and feel like I should talk to a doctor about how to prevent this from happening. The problem is that my mom doesn’t know that I shave down there. Also, I’m terrified of going to the doctor. Please help!
Honestly, I wouldn’t worry about a trip to the doctor. It sounds like this is just a case of razor burn and you should be able to prevent it on your own without getting advice from a doctor. Those bumps you’re experiencing are really common – the area down there is very sensitive, so it’s very easy to irritate it. While you may not be able to get rid of them forever, there are definitely some steps you can take to try and prevent them in the future.
First of all, pick the right time to shave. You shouldn’t be rushing – shaving too quickly down there can easily cause irritation. Take a hot shower beforehand. The warm water will help open the pores around your hair follicles, making it easier to shave. You should also be exfoliating the area before you start shaving. This is a pretty important step because it will clean the surface area.
When you’re actually shaving, make sure you use a sharp razor. Old, dull blades are much more likely to cause razor burn, little cuts and general irritation. As a rule of thumb, you should switch up your razor blades about every two weeks or every 5-10 shaves. Also make sure you are using a protective shave gel – no dry shaving or just using bar soap down there. Shave in the direction the hair grows and work slowly and carefully.
Lastly, you can prevent bumps and irritation by soothing the skin once you’re done. You can do that by rubbing a little coconut or baby oil on the area. Personally, I love Sally Hansen’s Zero Bumps Bikini Spray, because it smells like vanilla and makes the skin super soft – and it really does prevent bumps!
Doing all of these steps should definitely help you and make things better. If the bumps are very painful, oozing anything and don’t go away, go to a doctor. But if it’s just a case of irritation from shaving, a doctor really won’t be able to help.
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