Go Bare Down There?
The Brazilian bikini wax, the removal of all of a woman’s pubic hair, has become a wildly popular trend.
“As a gynecologist, I see lots of hairstyles down there,” says OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson. “Hygienically, you’re going to decrease your risk of STDs and decrease risk of body odor that a lot of women are worried about. There are a lot of pluses to [removing pubic hair].”
Dr. Lisa explains that any minuses are usually due to the means in which women remove their pubic hair. Shaving can cause ingrown hairs, which can be painful, and waxing or laser treatments can cause skin irritation. “So the problem [that] comes in, health-wise, is how you’re going to do it,” she concludes.
“All I know is that our laser hair removal systems are working overtime!” plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon adds.
Anesthesiologist Dr. Edna Ma created BareEase, a numbing product that contains 4 percent lidocaine, for use before a bikini wax. The result? No more ouch!
• Watch as Michelle from Kalologie 360 Spa puts BareEase to the test.
What to Know Before: A Bikini Wax
If a waxing is not done properly, Dr. Lisa says infections can occur because of possible tears or cuts, and it could be more prominent in the bikini area because the skin is more sensitive. To avoid infection, be sure to take precautions and keep the area clean. If you do develop a skin infection, be sure you see a doctor.
“Waxing in the genital area, or a bikini wax, shouldn’t be done at home,” Dr. Lisa says. “Those home kits can be dangerous because the skin is very sensitive. Lip waxing and things like that can still be dangerous, so I would say waxing should, in general, be done by a professional.”
Color for the Hair Down There
Is it safe to dye your pubic hair? Dr. Lisa says yes, as long as the dye is ammonia-free. She recommends a line of hair dye products from Betty Beauty, which are ammonia and paraben-free. They are designed specifically for the groin area, and the color lasts approximately six weeks.
The Betty comes in a medley of fun, festive colors and stencil shapes, and with names like Fun Betty and Lucky Betty, it’s clearly an invitation to play!
“Ladies, be proud of your betties!” Dr. Lisa exclaims.
Tips for Grooming Down There
If you shave your pubic hair, use lubricated lotion to shave with the growth of the hair. A vaginal shield, such as the Va J-J Visor, can protect the sensitive areas of the groin when waxing, coloring or shaving pubic hair.
Dr. Lisa notes that a trimmed genital area can keep it clean and decrease the risk of infection. "All of it is a personal choice," she adds.
Beating Razor Burn
Are you constantly left with frustrating razor bumps after shaving? The Doctors and dermatologist Dr. Tess Mauricio give you the top tips to terminate razor burn!
• Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon demonstrates methods for preventing and treating unsightly inflammation around your bikini line.