Hair removal of perianal hair is a serious matter for some people. Besides the extra mess while defecating, the accumulated smell can linger long afterwards. Because this area is very sensitive, getting rid of perianal hair must be done with extreme care. Any injury to the skin can lead to serious infections & a whole lot of pain.
The perianal is the skin around the anus and the area leading to the genitals. It's natural for some people, not all, to have hair growth here.
The first step is to wash thoroughly to clean, soften and relax the hair and to remove any bacteria that could lead to an infection if the skin is accidently broken. Cyclists have to be especially careful since the bike seat is lodged in this nether-region.
Shaving - Shaving should only be done on the smooth skin of the perineum where access is relatively easy. Avoid putting the sharp blade anywhere close to the anus since its awkward to reach back there & the skin easily injured. Any cut or nick can lead to an infection, including e-coli. Since shaving only cuts the hair at the surface of the skin, you'll have to repeat the process every few days.
Waxing - Believe it or not, some people wax their perineum! The entire root is removed and the smooth skin can last for 4-6 weeks. However, the open follicles are susceptible to infection from feces and sweat. Just because you haven't had a nasty infection in that area doesn't mean it won't eventually happen.
Hair Removal Creams - These lotions work well but the extra strength formulation should be avoided. The skin is very sensitive here and the harsh chemicals in Veet Spray On or Nair can cause inflammation and irritation. Look for a gentle formulation instead and make sure to keep it away from the anus.
Laser Hair Removal - It is strongly recommended to see a dermatologist for this procedure and not your corner salon. The amount of hair down there can be greatly reduced and for some people, the removal can even be permanent. Look for an experienced doctor since the setting on the laser for hair removal must be set very accurately to work effectively and with the least amount of pain possible. And don't be shy…
Electrolysis - Don't do it! Inserting a tiny probe into each hair follicle increases your chances of infection. And it's probably very difficult to find a local clinician who performs this procedure at a reasonable cost.
Epilation - Don't do this one either. There are a lot of nerve endings in the perianal area and the pain of yanking out multiple hairs simultaneously. The removal of hair should not be excruciating.
Once you start removing perianal hair, it's very important to prevent ingrown hairs. Eventually, the pustules will break, opening the skin up to fecal matter & bacterial infections.
It's also recommended to avoid sexual activity for a day or two after treatment to avoid any mess from entering open pores.
Every day in the shower, exfoliate the skin with a wash cloth or luffa. Don't scrub as if you're cleaning a counter top but gently rub the area to remove the dead skin cells. If the skin is flaking, see a doctor to determine what is causing the irritation. Hair removal of perianal hair must be done in a very clean and careful manner.