How To Prevent Pubic Shaving Rash

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Pubic shaving rash or razor burn is quite common in this area over others because the hair is thicker and can affect those with more sensitive skin or who shave often. No one wants to get rid of the hair only to trade it in for other problems.

Rest assured, you're not locked into getting this nasty side effect every time you shave your bikini zone. Here are some tips to prevent and minimize the burning, redness and pain.

  • Allow skin and hair to soften. Instead of jumping in the shower and shaving immediately, let the steam soften hair and relax skin for about five minutes so it's more pliable. Hair that is soft is less likely to be pulled, especially on supple skin.  We want to avoid the hair being pulled, which is one of the main reasons for irritation.

  • Stay clear of drying products. Alcohol strips moisture from the skin. Stay clear of that product if that's in the ingredients list, especially at the beginning. Instead choose products containing hydrating, soothing and healing ingredients like glycerin, goat's milk, shea butter, vitamin e and natural oils. 

    Prefer a gel and on a budget? Try Bikini Zone Shave Gel. Love the consistency of a cream? Give this one from Simply Sensual a shot.
  • Opt for products labeled fragrance-free or for sensitive skin. We often blame razor rash on the razor. Sometimes it's not the razor, but the products that cause an actual rash. Some of the main offenders are artificial fragrances (like perfumes), certain preservatives and colorants. Those made for sensitive skin usually leave out the most popular offenders that people are allergic to or cause irritation. 
    • Trim hair first. If you use your razor to trim hair, it not only uses valuable cutting power but dulls the blade. A dull razor will almost always leave some major burn and it irritates the skin by pulling on hair because it's not sharp. Cut the length down first with clippers using a guard or the Venus Bikini Trimmer (read review).

    • Choose the right razor. Electric razors made for the face and cheap disposables are out. Keep in mind, just because something works well on other parts of your body doesn't mean it will do well on your bikini zone. Definitely use a high-quality pivoting razor, preferably with moisture strips. If your skin is very sensitive, try using a single blade razor, rather than one with multiple blades.

    • Use pre-shaving oil. This is one of my all-time favorite shaving accessories. All it takes is a couple drops (compare prices on Amazon) underneath your shaving gel or cream to create a barrier on the skin so the razor glides instead of drags. It also helps prevent ingrown pubic hair too!

    • Watch your technique. Use firm, but not aggressive pressure using warm, not hot, water. Go over an area once, maybe twice with the razor. Holding skin taut will provide a closer shave, but may cause irritation. If you have very sensitive skin, only shave with the grain, which means the direction in which it grows. Don't forget to rinse your blade thoroughly between strokes to avoid pubic hair shaving rash. When finished, rinse skin of hair with cool water.

    • Keep skin moisturized. Use an aftershave or light lotion that doesn't contain alcohol, perfumes, dyes or artificial fragrances. Regular deodorant soaps can be very harsh and drying, use something gentle like Tom's of Maine Deodorant Soap (compare prices on Amazon).

    • Beware of heat and friction. Stay away from hot tubs, saunas and tanning beds the day of shaving. Do not make tight clothing part of your fashion plan. Abstain from sexual activity for at least a couple of hours, if not more.

    Already have a razor rash? Read our tips for treatment: How To Get Rid of Pubic Razor Burn.