Q: How do you prevent or lessen the itchiness after shaving your pubes?
A: The pubic area is made of especially sensitive skin, so it tends to be prone to rashes, bumps, infections and ingrown hairs when shaved. The best pubic grooming practice is to not shave it at all, but to trim the hair. By shaving the hair, you're making it far more likely that you'll get rashes and infections in the region. Studies show that people who shave their pubic hair are far more likely to have genital infections and other health problems, especially women.
If you insist on shaving, then itchiness and redness are just likely to come with the territory. You can try to apply lotion afterward, but you don't want to use oil based lotions, as that can create a breeding ground for bacteria. You also don't want to use anti-itch powders, such as Goldbond and other talcum powders, because this has been linked with certain types of cancers if applied to the genitals.
Answers provided by Dr. Ross Avilla
Dr. Ross Avilla has been teaching Human Sexuality since 2013 and has a PhD in psychology from UC Davis. Dr. Avilla is not a clinician and all information and advice offered on this website is for educational purposes only.