Manscaping is probably something you've already done, or at least considered, regardless of how much hair you have. No part of the body is off-limits these days.
Particularly shaving your balls is totally doable but definitely requires some care and technique. That's thin skin you're dealing with, and the risk of injury is high.
In fact, a study found that most pubic hair shaving–related injuries in males involve the scrotum.
Let's not beat around the bush any longer. Here's what you'll need and how to go about shaving your balls.
Before You Shall Balls - Things To Do
1. Soak your balls in warm water
It will be easier to remove your hair if you take a warm bath or shower to soften the remaining stubble. Additionally, it helps relax your balls and let them hang loose. They can then move around more easily while you shave.
The water should be warm but not so hot that your skin is irritated or burned, or so cold that your balls withdraw and become difficult to move.
2. Apply a skin-friendly shave product
Shaving with a cream or gel containing natural soothing ingredients, like aloe vera, will allow the blade to glide over the skin without friction.
Some products create a clear lather, making it easier to see what you're doing.
You can use face shaving creams for male nether regions as long as they contain gentle ingredients.
How to Shave Balls
It's time to begin shaving your balls now that you've prepared and lathered them:
- Using a stool or bathtub, prop up one leg at a time to reach all parts of your scrotum.
- Tighten the skin gently with one hand.
- As you shave, use gentle pressure and slow strokes in the direction of hair growth.
- Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.
- Gently pat dry.
Hopefully, you haven't suffered any cuts or nicks. As a next step, you should take care of your skin afterwards to avoid irritations and bumps.
Use a gentle balm or oil to moisturize the skin. Again, opt for soothing ingredients like aloe and avoid ingredients that cause stings like alcohol or menthol.
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How to Handle Aftershave Common Problems
The area may be itchy if it's irritated or as your hair grows back. Give it a couple of days to heal.
If the rash doesn't improve or the itching is severe, your healthcare provider or pharmacist can provide an over-the-counter (OTC) topical remedy, like hydrocortisone cream.
2. Bumps or blisters
Red, painful bumps or blisters may indicate folliculitis, an infection at the hair roots. Applying an OTC antibiotic ointment and keeping the area clean and dry may be all you need.
In case your symptoms do not improve, or if you notice more redness or pus, or if you have a fever, make an appointment with your healthcare provider.
3. Nicks and cuts
Do not panic if you nick yourself while shaving and draw blood! It is most likely not as bad as you think. Injuries from hair grooming are pretty common, but they're rarely serious.
Cleanse the area with clean gauze or tissue after bleeding. A minor cut on the scrotum usually heals within a few days.