Ask Cliterati: How do I Shave My Pubes?

This is a bit of a weird question. I’ve been shaving my nether-regions for about a year now, and for about an hour, it’s silky smooth and looking lovely – then a painful red rash appears. They’re sort of like chicken pox, where all my hairs grow. Because of this, I feel terribly self-conscious when my boyfriend gets a close up, say, when giving me oral, because it looks like I’ve got herpes or something! I’ve tried using shaving gel, moisturiser and even wearing no underwear after shaving, but nothing works. Is there anything you can suggest? It’s stupid but it’s really puzzling me!
Becky

Well, Becky, what you’re getting is shaving rash. This is a common problem that I hear time and time again but there are a few things that you can try that will alleviate the problem. Make sure that you always use a new razor, ideally designed for sensitive skin. Some of the new ones with aloe strips that moisturise as they go are particularly good. Use lukewarm rather than hot water as this dries the skin less, making the itch less likely to happen. And make sure you slather on a lot of shaving cream or oil.

If the blade starts to feel dull at any point, change to a new razor. And once you’ve finished, moisturise thoroughly with something designed for sensitive skin. Baby lotion or cocoa butter are both particularly good.

Avoiding wearing underwear or tights is another good move, as that way you’re less likely to encourage ingrowing hairs. And, as your skin toughens up and you get used to shaving, you’ll find you get less of a rash going on.

Alternatively, don’t bother shaving at all. Having a muff is entirely natural. You can always trim it back if it gets in the way during oral sex – and trimming your hair won’t leave you with any itchy grow back at all.

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