If you have found that shaving is too irritating to the skin in your genital area, then FX suggests the following:
1. Read the steps we have listed below in terms of trimming/shaving the genital area and make sure that you are following these steps and guidelines to ensure the least irritation possible to the area.
2. If following the steps we have listed does not work, consider getting a wax by a professional. It is very possible to hurt the skin while waxing if you are not familiar with what you are doing, so FX strongly recommends that any of our readers who are considering waxing any part of their bodies use a professional who has lots of experience, is with a reputable establishment, and (ideally) comes personally recommended. There was a time that waxing was something used by mainly women, but more and more men these days are using waxing services for their eyebrows, backs and genital area. If you call a salon to inquire about waxing services, simply ask if they perform bikini waxes on men. A bikini waxing can feel uncomfortable initially for the men and women who first try it – but know that the person performing is a professional and, if they are experienced, they should be very comfortable and professional in what they are doing.
Trimming the male pubic area:
1. Wash the pubic region thoroughly with soap and water
2. Dry the penis and scrotum thoroughly with a towel
3. Shave off the excess pubic hair. Use the “low” setting on the electric shaver until you reach the desired length of pubic hair.
4. Carefully trim the rest of the pubic hair with a pair of sharp trimming scissors. Be very careful not to pierce or cut any of the skin in the area.
5. Wash the pubic area again with soap and water.
Shaving the male pubic area:
1. Wash the pubic area with soap and water
2. Dry the pubic area thoroughly with a towel.
3. Shave off any excess pubic hair with an electric shaver first. Get as close as possible to the skin without having to cut along the very root of the hairs.
4. Apply a small amount of shaving cream or shaving lubricant on the hair and shave around the genitals with a razor. Remember that the skin along the pubic area, especially at the base of the penis and scrotum, is thinner compared to the rest of the body – so take care not to wound or cut the area. Do not use a razor directly on the penis or scrotum as you can easily cut yourself in these areas risking pain and possible infections.
5. Wash and rinse off the area.
6. Moisturize the area with (preferably) an unscented lotion.
Additional tips for shaving:
· Use a good shaving cream. Dermatologists generally recommend a product that is fragrance-free, and that is formulated for sensitive and irritated skin, as well as skin that is prone to razor bumps. You can ask your doctor or pharmacist to recommend a good brand.
· Consider using a shaving oil. Shaving oil works as a barrier on the skin – the razor will glide more easily instead of dragging, and the area will also be well moisturized. This can help prevent razor burns, general irritation, and ingrown hairs.
· Stay away from straight, cheap disposable razors and use razors with a pivoting head and multiple blades for the smoothest, closest shave.
· Taking a warm shower or bath prior to shaving can be very helpful. Using at least 10 minutes of heat with help to soften the skin and relax the hair follicle.
· Another option for trimming the pubic hair (if you want to leave it trimmed or shave after the trimming): Place a comb flat on the skin and trim over the comb with scissors or clippers using the shortest guard.
· When shaving, go in the same direction as the hair growth and then in the opposite direction while holding the skin taut. Do not go over the same area too many times. Again, only shave the skin around your genitals, not your penis and scrotum.
· Use a clipper with a guard to trim hair short on the genitals – do not use the razor.
· Rinse the blade of the razor between strokes as clogged razors will not work as well.
· Use a small hand-held mirror if you need help seeing what you are doing.
Teens often abuse prescription drugs because of the myth that these drugs provide a medically safe high.
It is estimated that major depressive disorder (MDD) affects about 5% of adolescents, and that between 10 - 15% of adolescents have some symptoms of depression at any one time.
Statistics show that giving a teen a credit card does not teach them to be financially responsible or to encourage self-restraint, but actually promotes a “spend now and deal with the consequences later” mindset.
Girls are more likely to intentionally abuse prescription drugs than boys.
The reality of excessive interest rates and fees that often accompany credit card use for teens, can put youngsters in a position where they are losing out on admission to graduate school, getting a job, or renting an apartment because of damaged credit history.
Less than 33% of teens with depression get help, yet 80% of teens with depression can be successfully treated if they seek help from a doctor or therapist.
Traffic crashes are the greatest single cause of death for all persons age 6-33, and about 45% of these fatalities are alcohol-related crashes.
About 6.2 million Americans get a new genital HPV infection each year.
30% of teens with depression also have a substance abuse problem.
Freshmen bring an average of $1,585.00 in credit card debt to college.
About a third of women who seek services related to unprotected sex, such as pregnancy testing or emergency contraception, do not receive STD counseling, testing, or treatment.
7-10% of college students will drop out of school because of credit problems.
Teens with untreated depression are more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviors, leading to higher rates of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
Most smokers begin smoking as teens, and the average age of initiation is 12.5 years of age.
People with manic symptoms and Bipolar Disorder II are at a significant risk of later developing an alcohol abuse or dependence problem.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, accounting for 36% of all deaths in this age group.
The teen pregnancy rate in the United States is the highest of any industrialized democracy, nearly twice that of Great Britain and 10 times that of Japan. 4
Compared with other age groups, teens have the lowest rate of seat belt use, and male high school students are more likely than female students to rarely or never wear seat belts.
A national study of women ages 15-44 found that women were almost twice as likely to receive contraceptive services rather than STD services.
The teenage pregnancy rate in the U.S. is at its lowest level in thirty years, down 36% since its peak in 1990. Research suggests that both increased abstinence and positive changes in contraceptive practice are responsible these recent declines in teen pregnancy.
A sexually active teenager who does not use contraceptives has a 90% chance of becoming pregnant within one year. 8
In the United States, at least 5-10 million girls and women and 1 million boys and men are struggling with eating disorders. 11
Among male drivers between 15 and 20 years of age who were involved in fatal crashes in 2005, 38% were speeding at the time of the crash and 24% had been drinking.
Homicide is the second leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds overall. 16
Every two minutes, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted. 22
One in four teenage girls in the U.S. had at least one common sexually transmitted disease.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among youths ages 15 to 20. 19
The highest Chlamydia rates occurred among women ages 15 to 19 and 20 to 24.
About 44% of rape victims are under age 18. Three out of every twenty victims (15%) are under age 12. 25
Each year, half of all HIV infections are among people under the age of 25.
Crash risk is particularly high during the first year that teenagers are eligible to drive.
One out of every six American women have been the victims of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. A total of 17.7 million women have been victims of these crimes. 23
Teen girls ages 15-19 have the highest Gonorrhea rate of any age group.
The motor vehicle death rate for male drivers and passengers ages 16-19 is more than one and half times that of their female counterparts.
More than four in 10 young women become pregnant at least once before they reach the age of 20 - nearly one million teen pregnancies a year 3
The presence of teen passengers increases the crash risk of unsupervised teen drivers; the risk increases with the number of teen passengers.
Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in this country. More than 400,000 Americans die from tobacco-related causes each year, and most of them began using tobacco before the age of 18.
The risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among 16- to 19-year-olds than among any other age group.
Underage drinking costs the U.S. more than $58 billion every year; enough to buy every public school student a state-of-the-art computer.
At all levels of blood alcohol concentration (BAC), the risk of involvement in a motor vehicle crash is greater for teens than for older drivers.
Teens who drink are more likely to be victims of violent crimes and sexual assault, have serious problems in school, be involved in drinking-related traffic crashes, and develop problems with alcohol later in life.
Nearly all the poison deaths in the U.S. are attributed to drugs, and most drug poisonings result from the abuse of prescription and illegal drugs.
Alcohol kills 6.5 times more youth than all other illicit drugs combined.
Persons aged 15-24, who represent only 14% of the U.S. population, account for 30% ($19 billion) of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries among males and 28% ($7 billion) among females.
Among young people ages 12-17, prescription drugs have become the second most abused illegal drug, behind marijuana.