It doesn't matter if you're waxing, shaving, depilating or trimming, there's plenty of room for error. Obviously, no one wants to deal with a trim that went wrong there. That's why it's essential to learn how to use a bikini trimmer the right way.
"It's important to use a bikini trimmer correctly, as improper shaving with a razor can increase the risk of ingrown hairs and shaving irritation by harshly scraping the skin," explains Heather Woolery-LloydMD, a board-certified dermatologist in Miami. "Bikini trimmers are less likely to cause this problem because they cut hair without the blades rubbing against the skin."
The hair and skin on the body are very different from the hair and skin on the pubic area, so the area needs special attention. "Shaving pubic hair with the wrong tools can increase the risk of shaving bumps, ingrown hairs, dry skin, itchy regrowth, redness and irritation," says Woolery-Lloyd. "In my practice, ingrown hairs in the pubic area are more frequent than everywhere else on the body. Patients find this problem both uncomfortable and embarrassing. Using a comprehensive approach is a good way to reduce the risk of common shaving problems. It is important to use products that prepare, protect, shave and maintain healthy skin in sensitive areas such as the pubic area.
A common mistake Woolery-Lloyd sees is sharing someone else's razor, a major no-no. "Some people are under the impression that they can use their partner's beard/face trimmer on the pubic area, but this is not the case," she warns. "Pubic hair is generally coarser and requires a trimmer designed for that type of hair."
To get the cleanest bikini line in the safest way possible, we turned to dermatologists to share exactly how to use a bikini trimmer.