Shaving – Helpful Tips and Recommendations
Grooming your bikini area is a very personal decision. If you choose to shave, we would like to present several helpful facts and recommendations to make it safer.
Did you know the skin in the genital area is much more sensitive than the skin on your leg or arm? Because of this, it is common for ingrown hairs and irritation to form as a result of shaving. Eventually, a small bump or cyst can develop resulting in a lot of pain and infection.
The only way to fully prevent ingrown hairs would be to stop hair removal altogether. However, if you wish to continue using a razor there are proper shaving techniques that can decrease the chances of ingrown hairs, irritation, and folliculitis.
We recommend you:
- Replace your razor often: Replacing your razor frequently ensures that your razor remains bacteria-free and has a sharp blade. It is recommended to use a sharp razor blade when shaving as dull razors tug at the skin and can cause cuts and irritation.
- Properly store your razor in a dry area: If you keep your razor in the shower, it can develop bacteria between the blades. It is important for you to disinfect it with hot water and soap or clean it with rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball prior to every use. Try to store your razor in a dry area instead of the shower to avoid bacteria growth.
- Do not share your razor: It is also important to remember not to share your razor as you are putting yourself at risk for infection.
- Other recommendations to consider: Always shave in the direction of the hair, use warm (not hot) water when shaving, and use shaving cream or gel before shaving. If ingrown hairs become a frequent occurrence, you may want to consider washing the area prior to shaving with an antibacterial wash, like Phisoderm. You can also consider other forms of hair removal such as laser hair removal.
Please contact a healthcare professional if you develop increased redness, odor, pus, swelling, or fever sooner rather than later. This will help your provider to act quickly on treating a possible infection that can be painful and/or serious.