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Is shaving you pubic hair harmful?

Published 1/10/2010 | Updated 1/17/2010

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Is there any evidence that shaving your pubic hair is harmful in any way?

It’s not harmful, but shaving can cause problems for some people, including inflamed hair follicles. To minimise the risk when shaving, it’s important to use some form of soap or shaving gel, preferably fragrance-free. A clean razor, i.e. bacteria-free, is very important to avoid infections in the small cuts that can always occur when shaving. A disposable razor is therefore preferable. It’s not uncommon for those who shave to suffer ingrown hairs and inflamed hair follicles. To avoid the risk of ingrown hairs, shave with the hair, rather than against the direction of the hair. Inflamed follicles look like spots, i.e. they are red and inflamed, and they can be painful and irritatingly itchy. Some people are more susceptible than others to inflamed hair follicles. You can use an astringent spirit such as Alsolsprit or chlorhexidine solution after shaving to try to combat this. There are also products specifically developed for pubic shaving.

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