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THE GENTLEMen's DEPARTMENT

THE GENTLEMen's DEPARTMENT

February 22, 2018

How To Prevent Ingrown Hairs While Shaving Your Pubes

If you've never had an ingrown hair after you shaved your pubes, consider yourself incredibly lucky (and one in a million). First, because it's pretty common to experience ingrown hairs when you shave your nether region if you're not using the right products and processes. Second, because if you ever have had ingrown hairs down there, you'd totally wish you hadn't.

These small, red irritations can turn into a huge pain in the balls pretty easily, and if you don't know how to deal with them—or better yet, how to prevent them—you'll be stuck in a world of hurt until your follicles decide to let the hair emerge. This could take weeks or even months! Worst case scenario, ingrown pubic hair can actually result in infection, leaving your below-the-belt area worse for wear, meaning you’d have to visit a dermatologist for expensive treatments to set your trapped follicles free.

How To Prevent Ingrown Hairs While Shaving Your Pubes

Why Does Shaving Cause Ingrown Pubes?

In a perfect world, and on perfect balls, pubic hair simply grows straight up the hair shaft. When you shave your pubes, however, hair can take a detour, finding its way beneath the skin before it ever reaches the surface. This is particularly common when the hair is coarse and curly—as pubes tend to be—because the hair takes on a mind of its own as it grows. Sound familiar?

Thick hair usually has a sharper point than fine hair. Unlike finer hair, which will usually find its way up the hair shaft without any problem, thick hair has the ability to penetrate the skin's layers, going rogue and venturing on journeys to places it shouldn't go. The curly characteristic of pubes also causes a problem; as the hair grows and pokes into the skin, it has a tendency to coil and twist beneath the skin, making its adventure to the surface more difficult. Here’s why we want to educate you on how to prevent ingrown hairs while shaving your pubes.

How Do You Know if You Have Ingrown Pubes?

More likely than not, this unpleasant reality will be hard to escape, especially below the belt. Ingrown pubes can cause a number of irritating situations, including the following:

  • Papules (small, solid, round bumps)
  • Pustules (small, pus-filled lesions that look like blisters)
  • Hyperpigmentation (darkening or reddening of the skin around the affected area)
  • Pain
  • Itching

Now does this sound fun to you? We didn’t think so. That’s why it’s so important to prevent ingrown hairs rather than deal with them post-event. Here’s how to do it.

How Do You Prevent Ingrown Hairs While Shaving Your Pubes?

Now that you know the pitfalls that can happen from ingrown pubes, let's take a look at the ways you can prevent this unpleasant situation:

How To Prevent Ingrown Hairs While Shaving Your Pubes

Prepare Your Skin with a Pre-Shower

Pay special attention to your pelvic region before you even head into the shower. Using a washcloth, warm water, and a mild body wash, buff the area with gentle circular motions. This will help dislodge soften the skin and any ingrown-hairs-in-training, and get your skin ready for a nice shave. Usually, we recommend trimming and shaving BEFORE a shower, but in special cases like when you’re plagued by ingrown hairs, shower first.

Let the Lather Go Free

Once you're in the shower, your job is to make sure the area is as clean and bacteria-free as possible. This will help prevent unwanted infections and otherwise unpleasant situations after you shave. Make sure your skin is dry by patting it thoroughly.

Prep Those Follicles

Whether you choose shaving cream, gel, or lotion, an important thing is that you don't let your razor go it alone. Though we recommend it if you don’t have any ingrown hair issues, sometimes dry shaving can lead to a number of skin irritations, including (but not limited to) ingrown pubes. Your razor needs a friend before it touches that sensitive skin, so make sure you've got a proper pre-shave ingredient on-hand before putting the blade anywhere near your balls.

Use a Great Razor (and a New Blade!)

It's easy to think any ole' razor can do the trick, but when it comes to your precious parts, it's best not to take chances. Old razors can cause woeful nicks on your skin and do your shaving job injustice. On the other hand, you may have a brand-new razor that's not meant for this specific task, which can cause you to have more bumps and breakouts than necessary.

To avoid below-the-belt mishaps, opt for a razor that's meant to do pubic duty. Manscaped's The Plow allows you to achieve a refined shave by way of the single-blade, double-sided design. Armed with an easy-glide design, this razor is built to reduce irritation while allowing sensitive skin to feel its freedom without unwanted hair looming in its midst. You’ll be impressed by its old-school styling and high-quality stainless steel design. Not to mention, the grooves in the handle make it easy to grasp without slipping. Because slipping while shaving your pubes is the last thing you want. Seriously.

Put the Razor in the Right Direction

It may seem natural to want to want to go against the grain, because you think it will give you an extra-close shave, but this action can actually cause ingrown hairs to happen. Instead, shave in the direction your hair grows, also called with the grain of the hair. Be sure not to apply too much pressure because a great razor will take care of everything it needs to do. Note: Make sure that the blade is in good condition. Our motto is: When it doubt, throw it out. Luckily, Manscaped offers inexpensive blade refills for The Plow, so stock up!

Rinse Your Razor

Rinse your razor after every stroke to clear the hair from the blades. This will help prevent pulling and other discomforts that can occur when a blade isn't up to par. And if your safety razor is high quality, you don’t have to worry about rusting or corrosion.

Pamper Your Pubic Area with Products

After you towel off, your duties aren't done. Take care of your freshly shaven skin by applying a moisturizing deodorant made especially for your balls, like Crop Preserver from Manscaped. Then invest another minute in a spray-on toner that's specifically formulated for man parts. A performance toner like Manscaped Crop Reviver will help keep your boxer-or-brief area from becoming super irritated after the razor has left the area. This, my friends, is how to prevent ingrown hairs while shaving your pubes.

Also, when shopping for manscaping products like those from Manscaped, look for ingredients such as aloe and witch hazel to ensure any post-shaving inflammations, irritations, and burns are kept to a minimum. Not only that, products that help balance the pH down there will keep the skin healthy and prevent ingrown hairs.

Stay in the Friction-Free Zone for 48 Hours

Sex super-tight briefs have their way of making your skin feel more friction than it would on a normal day. If you can stave off these luxuries for a day or two, your suddenly smooth skin will thank you. The more friction you cause the area under your boxer briefs, the more likely you are to irritate the skin you've worked so hard to manicure, so get thee to a department store and buy a couple of pairs of boxers. Your balls will thank you.

How To Prevent Ingrown Hairs While Shaving Your Pubes

When Are Ingrown Pubes a Problem?

Most of the time, ingrown hairs will find their way to the surface eventually. If you have ingrown pubes, you don't want to pick and prod at them, however, as your hands will likely have dirt and bacteria on them that can exasperate the situation. 

  • If your ingrown hairs have been there for more than a few days, or if you're starting to experience significant pain or itching, it's time to see your doctor. You don't want to let ingrown hairs go on for too long, as they can cause other inflammations and irritations that could be more than meets the eye.
  • If you have large pus-filled wounds, or if your ingrown hairs have resulted in open wounds, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to keep infection at bay.
  • If you have substantial scarring or changes in your skin tone, you may want to see your family doctor or a dermatologist.

How To Prevent Ingrown Hairs While Shaving Your Pubes

In any case, if you're uncomfortable about the state of your pelvic region, it's always best to consult with a medical professional to ensure you're not missing the signs of something more severe than ingrown hairs. Discoloration of the skin or outrageous itching could be signs of more complicated matters.

There's no reason to get your boxers in a bunch over the idea of shaving. You just need to arm yourself with a bit of knowledge and the right products that are specially designed for your private parts. The Perfect Package from Manscaped includes everything you need to keep your lower lawn looking its best with a trimmer, razor, ball deodorizer, and so much more. Get your Perfect Package today!

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