Although there are dozens of hair removal products available at your local drugstore that claim to simplify hair removal from your pubic area, the safest way to remove your pubic hair is with a sharp three-blade razor and alcohol-free shaving products. Whereas hair removal creams, also known as depilatory creams, are faster to use than shaving, they often have an unpleasant smell and can lead to skin irritation or burning depending on your skin's sensitivity.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Gentle exfoliator
- Alcohol-free shaving cream
- Three-blade razor
- Alcohol-free aftershave balm or gel
Prepare the pubic area by exfoliating it with warm water and a non-abrasive exfoliator in the shower. Gently massage the area in a circular motion as you would your scalp while shampooing, as the beads in the exfoliator can easily scratch the skin and cause skin irritation. The exfoliating process softens the hair, which prepares your skin for shaving.
Rinse the exfoliator off, and dispense a nickel-sized amount of shaving cream into your palm. Cover the pubic area with shaving cream until there is a thick layer of shaving cream. Look at the direction of the hair, which will indicate which way to shave. Shaving with the grain (in the direction of the hair) reduces ingrown hairs, razor bumps and broken skin.
Shave the hair off in the direction of the hair's growth in smooth, single strokes. Do not shave over the same area, as each time you shave over the skin a layer of skin is removed and can lead to razor irritation, according to Myriam Zaoui and Eric Malka, authors of "The Art of Shaving."
Rinse the area with warm water, and pour a nickel-sized amount of aftershave balm into your palms. Rub your palms together, and apply the balm onto the shaved area. Baby oil and aloe vera lotion with vitamin E are also suitable to use as an aftershave balm, according to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. For additional protection, apply a dime-sized amount of ingrown hair cream to the pubic area, which keeps the area smooth and reduces the likelihood of hair curling back into the skin.
Tips and warnings
- Allow the hair to grow out for four to five days before you shave the area again, as this allows the hair to grow out of the skin and reduces the risk of razor bumps.
- Do not use a dull blade to shave, as you'll need to go over the skin multiple times in order to remove all of the hair.
- Avoid alcohol-based shaving products at all costs as the alcohol constricts your skin and can cause the hair to grow into the skin, which will form an ingrown hair.
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