Should I be shaving my pubic hair?

Should I be shaving my pubic hair? Answer from OB-GYN Jennifer Griffin Miller, MD:

From the gynecologist’s perspective, shaving regularly to eliminate pubic hair has drawbacks. Razors harbor bacteria and cause some abrasion of the skin; especially in a moist environment. This creates a setup for a bacterial skin infection.

How often should you shave your pubic hair? To keep the pubic area smooth and hairless, you’ll need to shave regularly, even daily. Consider if this is worth the trouble; it may become tedious after four or five weeks.

Is it better to shave with cold water or hot water? Shaving with hot water produces a smooth and comfortable shaving experience, but can cause more irritation to the skin resulting in razor burn and bumps. Shaving with cold water can be uncomfortable, but produces less irritation and is better for sensitive skin.

How do you get the cleanest shave? 

Here are dermatologists’ tips to help you get a clean shave:
  1. Before you shave, wet your skin and hair to soften it.
  2. Next, apply a shaving cream or gel.
  3. Shave in the direction that the hair grows.
  4. Rinse after each swipe of the razor.
  5. Store your razor in a dry area.

Should I be shaving my pubic hair? – Additional Questions

How do actors shave so close?

What direction should you shave?

The right shaving technique to avoid razor bumps involves one absolutely inviolate rule, and that is, never shave against the grain. It means never shave in the opposite direction of your hair growth. Instead, you must always shave with the grain; in the direction of your hair growth.

How do I get a clean shave without getting bumps?

5 Simple Steps to Avoid Razor Bumps and Irritation while Shaving
  1. Don’t Dry Shave. It is important to wet the hair before you shave.
  2. Use Shaving Cream or Gel.
  3. Don’t Shave in the Opposite Direction.
  4. Rinse your Razor after Each Swipe.
  5. Dry Your Razor Between Shaves.

How can I shave without getting hair everywhere?

Soak the area in warm water (or shower) for about 5 minutes before shaving. Use a fresh, sharp razor with a moisturizing strip—never use a dull razor! Pull loose skin taut with your free hand. Shave only with the grain, not against the direction of hair growth.

Is clean shave attractive?

Asked who they found most attractive, 35 percent of all respondents said clean-shaven, 14 percent said a man with a beard and mustache, eight percent said only a mustache and four percent said only a beard.

How do you shave without leaving stubble?

Why is there still hair when I shave?

The four most common reasons there’s still stubble on your face after shaving are: Improper Razor Selection. Dull or Damaged Razor Blades. Water Temperature Issues.

Should you shave up or down face?

You must shave in the downwards direction as it protects you from getting razor burns or ingrown hair. Although shaving against the grain can undoubtedly give you a closer shave, it is not something you must follow if you have sensitive skin.

Is it OK to shave upwards?

Does shaving against the direction of hair growth give you a smoother result? Shaving against the direction of hair growth might be the fastest way to a closer shave. Unfortunately, however, it’s also your ‘short cut’ route to razor burn, damaged hair follicles and ingrown hairs.

How do you shave smoothly?

Tips for a closer shave
  1. Never dry shave. Dry shaving increases the risk of cuts and irritation.
  2. Exfoliate.
  3. Use cooler water.
  4. Use shaving cream instead of soap.
  5. Pay attention to the direction of hair growth.
  6. Close your pores.
  7. Ignore myths about thicker hair regrowth.
  8. Protect skin from the sun.

What happens if you shave wrong?

While shaving against the grain helps you get much closer to the skin, it also increases the risk of skin irritation, razor bumps, or even razor burn. What happens when you shave against the grain is that the razor blade tugs the hair before it cuts it.

Do I shave with or against the hair?

Shave in the direction of the hair growth where your skin is more sensitive and your hair is thicker—i.e., your bikini line. “Shaving against the grain will give you a closer shave, so it’s worth it on the legs because the hair is thinner.