Shaving pubic hair can be a challenging experience, especially if you have never done so before. Besides the potential pain from nicks and scratches during shaving, a painful rash can develop after you have shaved. Unless properly treated, this rash can remain a constant source of irritation and pain. Treating this rash is not difficult if you understand what causes it and what you can do to prevent and cure it.
Pubic shaving rash is like any other type of shaving rash: hair follicles--instead of growing back out after the shave--curve back into the skin and cause inflammation, bumps and a rash over the general area. Further irritation can be caused after repeating shaving, as the already inflamed skin is nicked and cut by the blade. A pubic shaving rash can develop after just one shave, and while irritating and painful, poses no long-term health risk. Pubic shaving rashes can be particularly painful for people with naturally curly hair or who are already susceptible to shaving rashes in other areas of their bodies.
Since pubic shaving rash is caused by ingrown hairs, one treatment is to simply leave the affected area alone until the hair grows back out and the rash disappears, taking care to remove any hairs that become lodged in the skin and cannot grow out on their own. If you wish to continue shaving the pubic region, then a rash can be avoided by taking caution when shaving. Do not pull your skin out when shaving, and always shave in the direction that the hair is growing. You can also use tweezers to gently pull ingrown hairs out of the skin, which will reduce bumpiness and irritation. You may also use shaving cream before you shave, to help lubricate the hair follicles and make it easier to use a razor. After shaving, liberal application of a moisturizer will help soothe affected areas and keep hairs from becoming ingrown. Exfoliants, which help with the removal of dead skin, are also useful for this purpose, as long as you verify that they can be used in sensitive regions and will not have adverse affects on you. While exfoliants cannot cure shaving rash on their own, they can help reduce the bumpiness of the skin, which is a contributing cause to ongoing pubic shaving rash.