While many women are making yet another appointment to get their bikini area waxed so they can look fly during these last few weeks of summer, one doctor says it’s time to end the war with your pubic hair.
According to Dr. Emily Gibson, a family physician and the director of the student health center at Western University in Washington, constantly shaving, waxing, and grooming your pubic area can cause some serious problems.
“Pubic hair removal naturally irritates and inflames the hair follicles left behind, leaving microscopic open wounds. Rather than suffering a comparison to a bristle brush, frequent hair removal is necessary to stay smooth, causing regular irritation of the shaved or waxed area. When that irritation is combined with the warm moist environment of the genitals, it becomes a happy culture media for some of the nastiest of bacterial pathogens, namely group A streptococcus, staphylococcus aureus and its recently mutated cousin methicillin resistant staph aureus (MRSA). There is an increase in staph boils and abscesses, necessitating incisions to drain the infection, resulting in scarring that can be significant. It is not at all unusual to find pustules and other hair follicle inflammation papules on shaved genitals,” she warns.
In addition to scrapes and infections regular grooming can cause, Dr. Gibson also points out that some doctors have also found that freshly shaved or waxed genital areas are more vulnerable to herpes infections because of microscopic tears in the skin.
So while the beauty industry continues to tell men and women that they need well-groomed nether regions, Dr. Gibson says that we should just let the hair stay right where we found it.