Entertainment Fashion & Style How Men Can Shave the Pubic Area Without Irritation Share PINTEREST Email Print 279photo/Getty Images Fashion & Style Hair Accessories Tops & Sweaters Dresses Skirts Jeans Pants Outerwear Lingerie & Swimwear Do It Yourself Shoes Skincare Advice Makeup Fragrance Tattoos and Body Piercings Kids and Teens Bumps & Babies Learn More By Naomi Torres Contributing Writer Naomi Torres is a licensed cosmetologist and a contributing writer for Byrdie. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Naomi Torres Updated April 07, 2019 For men, shaving your pubic hair is significantly different from taking a razor to the face. However, it's fairly easy to do and it only takes about 30 minutes. Pick the Right Tools It's important to select the right kind of shaving cream. Since your pubic area is a sensitive part of your body, a good shaving cream or gel will do the trick. Avoid using a regular bar of soap. Rather, you want a product like Brave Solider, Brave Shave that is specifically made for male body shaving, as it softens the hair follicle for a smoother shave. Additionally, the right razor will make a world of difference. Don't use straight and cheap disposables, unless you want cuts and nicks. You also want to avoid using a regular electric razor that's made for the face. Instead, use a razor with a pivoting head and multiple blades to give you a smooth and close shave. How to Prepare Your Pubic Area First, you want to take the length off. If you use your razor, you'll likely pull hair, cause irritation, and wear down the blade before shaving. Thus, you'll want to trim the hair down short by using the shortest guard with hair clippers. Alternatively, you can place a comb flat on the skin and then trim the hair over the comb with scissors. Then, you'll want to take a warm shower or bath. After about five minutes or so, the heat and steam will make your skin and hair more relaxed and pliable. For some people, soaking in the water more than 10 minutes puffs up the skin, making the razor unable to get close. If you're in that boat, you'll want to take a shorter shower/bath. After your time in the tub, it's best to exfoliate the skin by removing dead skin cells. This will give you a closer shave. Simply use a mild body scrub or your favorite body wash with an Ayate washcloth. You can also choose to get shaving oil, which moisturizes the skin and creates a barrier so that the razor glides easier instead of dragging. Shaving oil also helps prevent razor rash, red irritation, and ingrown hairs (all big offenders in the pubic area). Start Shaving Once you've prepped your skin, you'll want to apply a shaving cream or gel. At this point, your skin needs to be damp, but not overly wet. Work the product in circles with a shaving brush to help lift hair and get a closer shave. If you don't have a brush, simply use your hands. Then, you'll want to start shaving with a fresh blade. Taking a small mirror in the shower can help you see better. Plus, shaving while showering may be easier over a bath because you can prop up your legs on the side of the stall. When you're ready, shave in the same direction of hair growth, and then go in the opposite direction (without going over the same area too many times). Keep in mind that holding skin taut does help give you a closer shave, but may irritate the skin. Only shave on your skin, not on your genitals. Use a clipper with a guard to trim hair short here, as a razor can easily irritate the area. Clean Up When you're done, clean your blade. Rinse the front, back, and sides between strokes. A clogged razor won’t remove hair well. Then, you'll want to do a final rinse of your body. Clean the pubic area to remove all traces of shaving gel or cream to avoid getting itchy. Then pat the area dry with a soft towel. Afterward, you can hydrate your skin by applying a light and unscented lotion, aftershave, or rub in a bit of pre-shaving oil. If you experience irritation and bumps, you might get ingrown hairs. Products like Tend Skin can help with razor rash and other breakouts. If you keep getting breakouts, you can try just using a single blade razor and shaving in the direction of growth only. Finally, if shaving just isn't for you, you can get long-term results by waxing with a professional. Simply ask for a male bikini or Brazilian wax.