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10 Tips to Avoid Irritation After Genital Hair Removal

Choosing an appropriate hair removal method and applying heat packs are simple measures that can help reduce irritation from genital hair removal. Find out more tips.
10 Tips to Avoid Irritation After Genital Hair Removal

Last update: 22 December, 2021

Some simple measures can help avoid irritation after genital hair removal. Although some methods are less aggressive than others, in general there are often unwanted reactions due to skin sensitivity.

Although many are downplaying the importance of hair removal, most still prefer to remove it for comfort and aesthetics. However, regardless of the product or technique used, some allergies and small cuts can be quite annoying.

Fortunately, by taking certain precautions before and after the procedure, these symptoms can be minimized so that they aren’t a problem. Today we’d like to share 10 good tips with you, to keep in mind the next time you wax or remove hair. Take note!

Tips to help you avoid irritation after genital hair removal

To avoid irritation after genital hair removal, you can put into practice some basic tips to protect your skin. Since reactions vary according to the method chosen and level of sensitivity, it’s best to take some precautions to reduce them.

1. Avoid total depilation


Although removing hair in the genital area provides confidence and comfort, it isn’t advisable from a health point of view. Pubic hair is a protective barrier against sexually transmitted diseases, candidiasis and other conditions.

A woman covering her vagina.

On the other hand, complete hair removal increases the risk of folliculitis. The latter is characterized by inflammation and infection of the hair follicles, causing small bumps and reddened areas.

2. Choose an appropriate hair removal method

The use of razors is one of the main causes of allergic reactions after depilation. Therefore, in order to prevent these discomforts, it’s advisable to choose an alternative method of hair removal. Depilatory cream, for example, is quick and painless. However, if you want it to last longer, opt for waxing or laser hair removal.

3. Use an exfoliating scrub

Exfoliating products.

Applying exfoliating products before using any hair removal technique can significantly reduce irritation. This simple treatment prepares the skin for hair removal and helps keep it soft and moisturized.

4. Use a good hair removal technique

Maintaining a good hair removal technique means not shaving against the direction of hair growth. It also means starting with the bikini area first before moving on to less sensitive areas such as the thighs or lower legs.

5. Use moisturizing gel or cream

A woman waxing.


Under no circumstances should you dry shave. If the aim is to avoid irritation after genital depilation, it’s essential to buy a moisturising gel or cream for the intimate area. These products are intended to “soften” and protect the skin so that no allergic symptoms are suffered when removing the hairs.

6. Apply heat

To facilitate the process of removing genital hair, you can take showers with hot water or apply compresses for 3 to 5 minutes. The heat dilates the pores and allows the hairs to come out more easily. It also prevents damage to sensitive skin and reduces the sensation of pain.

7. Cut the hairs with scissors

To prevent aggressions on the skin when applying a method of hair removal, it’s a good idea to cut long hairs with scissors. This reduces pain when removing the hair and, incidentally, reduces irritation and redness after depilation.

8. Use aloe vera gel

Aloe vera gel.

Due to its anti-inflammatory and disinfectant properties, aloe vera is an excellent ally to avoid irritation after genital depilation. Its direct application on the sensitive area controls itching and redness. On the other hand, it helps to heal small cuts and prevent possible infections.

9. Apply disinfectant lotion

To prevent the appearance of rashes and ingrown hairs, disinfectant lotions can be used after shaving. These products contain compounds that kill germs on the skin surface while controlling inflammation.

10. Don’t shave before menstruation

The skin is much more sensitive in the days before menstruation. Therefore, to avoid inflammation and redness after waxing, it’s best to do it at least a week beforehand.

In conclusion, with this basic care you can reduce the irritation and pain caused by intimate hair removal. Don’t forget that this is a sensitive area, susceptible to infection. So if you notice prolonged irritation or any irregularity, consult your doctor.

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