Hairless May Be Hazardous
Now that we’ve straighten out the difference between vulva and vagina, let’s be honest – the vulva and vagina can be a troublesome area for women. The skin around the vagina or the vulva is some of the most sensitive skin on the body. Still, we shave, we wax, we clip, we tweeze, we thread and we laser our vulva to keep it looking “pretty.” Some say the porn industry is to blame for women’s increased pressure to remove the hair in their pubic area. Pornography has become widely accepted in the general public and more women are mimicking what they see. As a result, we interfere with normal conditions and irritate the skin, causing problems such as the following:
- Razor Burn
- Piniples/ Blisters
- Ingrown Hairs
Folliculitis: an infection in the hair follicle usually caused by the bacteria Staphylococcus (staph) or a fungus. There are some natural treatments procedures to help. However, these are not comprehensive, and if you are having any serious problems, you should consult your medical provider.
Itching /Razor Burn: Razor burns can be treated quickly with apple cider vinegar. Its anti—inflammatory properties work to reduce
inflammation as well as the itching sensation. Plus, the acetic acid in apple cider vinegar helps prevent infection.
- Dab a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and apply it on the affected area.
- Allow it to dry, and then wash it off with water.
- Do this two or three times a day until the burning sensation stops.
Nicks: Immediately apply witch hazel. It’s a natural astringent and will help constrict blood vessels and slow down the bleeding. If you don’t have witch hazel, try eye drops made to zap redness, or an ice cube, for the same effect.
Bumps: Tea tree oil is great for so many things and can really help to clear up bumps that come along with waxing or shaving. You just have to rub some oil on the affected areas and it will help to moisturize the skin and clear those bumps away. You can add a few drops of vitamin E oil to that or just rub it on by itself after you have finished your hair removal method of choice.
Pimples: Getting rid of dead skin cells not oily helps get a closer shave, but cleans skin. There’s less chance of transferring bacteria, causing pimples to pop up. Use a natural exfoliate, such as baking soda, or an ayate washcloth.
- Mix one tablespoon of baking soda and one cup of water.
- Dip a cotton ball solution.
- Dab it on the affected skin.
- Leave it on for five minutes and then wash it off with
- Repeat two or three times daily as needed.
Ingrown Hairs/Folliculitis: Toner is one of those overlooked products you might have hiding in your bathroom drawer. Once a day, wipe your bikini area with a cotton ball dipped in aloe vera toner. Repeat this a day or two following a bikini wax – your skin will be extra sensitive.
Dr. Lorene Garcia is a Gynecologist (OB-GYN) based in Miami, Florida who has more than 10 years experience gynaecology. I’m a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and love to help women with gynecological problems.