To keep or not to keep? That’s a question many women may end up asking themselves when it comes to pubic hair. Yes, most of us wish to remove pubic hair. But while thinking about it, we tend to forget that the major purpose of the hair down there is to trap dirt and bacteria and prevent them from entering the vagina. But a lot of women prefer to shave it all off.
Pubic hair, at least, should be groomed every now and then. Health Shots got in touch with Dr Rinky Kapoor, Consultant Dermatologist, Cosmetic Dermatologist, and Dermato-Surgeon, The Esthetic Clinics, to understand the best ways to groom pubic hair.
Dr Kapoor says, “Whether it is men or women, it is important to keep it clean and dry ‘down there’. Hair in the pubic area can be a problem for many. Apart from being a basic hygienic necessity, cleaning the pubic hair is also important for aesthetics. Regularly removing pubic hair will keep your periods mess free and you will be able to wear your favourite swimsuits without having to worry about the dark shadows or the hair peeking out.”
Additionally, trimming your pubic hair will reduce the chance of developing public lice as well as itchiness and irritation. You’ll feel more confident, plus it will make you feel fresher and cooler down there. What’s more? Your sex life may also be spiced up by this!
So, if you feel shy about going to a professional to get the pubic hair cleaned, Dr Kapoor has suggested simple and easy ways you can use at home to clean the genital area.
Using hair removal cream is the most popular and commonly used option. Modern hair removal creams typically contain chemicals that cause the body hair to thin out from the roots up. They are simple to use and are available for purchase at any store. You only need to apply it to clean skin, wait a few minutes, and then wipe. These creams are safe to use and do not cause the skin to darken. Never forget to do a patch test before using the cream on your private areas.
Depilatories are quite similar to hair removal creams. They help hair fall out and limit hair growth. In fact, this method works better on coarse skin. You can use it the same way as regular hair removal creams. Generally, they are safe but may contain some chemicals that can lead to allergies and irritation. So, it is best that you do a patch test before applying it to your skin.
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If you don’t like the creams, waxing strips are your next option. However, waxing can be a little painful, but this is a very effective method. The results of waxing strips last longer than those of creams, and they can be used even on short hair. You must take extreme caution when using this procedure because it might result in burns and folliculitis—an inflammation of the hair follicles that generates angry red bumps. However, there is little risk.
Shaving is the safest choice when it comes to removing pubic hair. With the new generation of razors, pubic hair can be removed quickly and easily. The razor and some shaving gel are all you need. Don’t worry, you won’t get coarse hair regrowth. Remember to clean the area both before and after shaving, and stay away from any products with harmful chemicals that can cause an infection or trigger an allergy.
This is the most precise method to remove hair. Women often use this method to remove excessive eyebrow hair growth, but it can be used to remove pubic hair as well. Dr Kapoor says, “For a small amount of hair, you can simply tweeze it out. It is a slightly lengthy procedure, but it is non-messy.”
The pubic area skin is sensitive, so make sure that you only use the best products for removing pubic hair at home.