Because We Need to Get to Know Butt Hair Better

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We all have it, but why do we have butt hair? What does it actually do? Women’s Health interviews Joshua Zeichner, M.D., who is the director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, and we get to know more about our hair back there.


 “Hair on the body can generally be categorized as having the same purpose as hair in the genital area or buttock.”


Why do we have butt hair?

Zeichner says that body hair serves an evolutionary purpose, which is keeping us warm. But with humans evolving, the need for body hair has become less and less important over time. Since we can already keep our buttocks warm with underwears and pajamas, it’s already okay to remove it.


“If a furry behind doesn’t match your personal aesthetic, it’s fine to remove it. As with hair removal anywhere else, there is no one-size-fits-all method. It all comes down to personal preference.”


Risks of Removing Butt Hair

Each method of hair removal comes with its own risks.


“Shaving, waxing, depilatories (a.k.a. Nair), and laser treatment are all acceptable but come with their own sets of risks, especially because this is one of the most sensitive areas on your body. For shaving, your biggest fear is cutting yourself or getting razor burn. With the other methods, your fear would be a chemical or heat-related burn.

All of these hair removal methods (except for lasering) also put you at risk of developing folliculitis. This is a small infection that develops within the hair follicle and results in red bumps with white puss that often resemble acne. This usually heals on its own within two weeks and can be prevented by washing with mild soap after hair removal and avoiding tight clothing. If you’re shaving, take single strokes in the direction of the hair growth.

Another risk is that if your skin below the waist becomes broken, raw, or infected, you’re more at risk for contracting STDs.”


Proper Care in Hair Removal

To avoid the risks mentioned, make sure that you remove the hair with caution.


“No matter how you are removing hair, remember that the process affects both the hair and the skin.”


Also, make sure that you practice ample skin care by keeping the area moisturized to maintain healthy skin. Unhealthy, damaged skin can lead increased risks for razor burns and ingrown hairs. You can make use of aftershave creams, lotions, and pubic hair oils. But make sure that these do not contain ingredients that may irritate the area of freshly shaved butt hair.

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