Q: I shave my pubic hair, but I get very bad razor burn. Is there anything you can suggest to help this problem, other than not shaving?
A: Bikini-line razor burn can definitely put a damper on your Caribbean winter vacation. We asked Manhattan cosmetic dermatologist Howard Sobel for tricks to beat the burn. Here's what he said:
Razor burn is caused by hair that is pushed back into the follicle, which becomes inflamed and then develops into an ingrown hair. Attack the problem before it starts. Use a shaving gel (try Skintimate Moisturizing Shave Gel) instead of cream to avoid clogging pores, and always shave in the direction of hair growth,using a clean and sharp razor every time. Also, try to avoid wearing tight jeans or underwear, which can rub against the skin.
The more you shave the more you increase your chances of razor burn, so try to cut down on the amount of times you shave your pubic area. When razor burn does occur, apply an aloe-vera-based cortisone cream twice a day to soothe the area and get rid of the redness. Try DDF Aloe Cort Cream.