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How to Use a Bikini Trimmer, According to Dermatologists

No matter if you wax, shave, epilate, or trim, there’s plenty of room for error. Obviously, no one wants to deal with a trim gone wrong down there. That’s why learning how to use a bikini trimmer the right way is key.

“It is important to use a bikini trimmer correctly because shaving incorrectly with a razor can increase the risk of ingrown hairs and shaving irritation by harshly scraping against the skin,” says Heather Woolery-Lloyd, MD, a Board-Certified Dermatologist in Miami. “Bikini trimmers are less likely to cause this problem because they cut the hair without the blades scraping against the skin.”

Hair and skin on the body is very different from hair and skin in the pubic area, which is why the region needs special attention. “Shaving pubic hair with the wrong tools can increase the risk of shaving bumps, ingrown hairs, dry skin, itching during regrowth, redness and irritation,” Woolery-Lloyd says. “In my practice, ingrown hairs in the pubic area are more common than anywhere else on the body. Patients find this problem both uncomfortable and embarrassing. Using a comprehensive approach is a good way to help reduce the risk of common shaving concerns. It is important to use products that prep, protect, shave and maintain healthy skin in sensitive areas like the pubic area.” 

A common mistake that Woolery-Lloyd sees is sharing someone else’s razor, a major no-no. “Some people feel like they can use their partner’s beard/face trimmer on the pubic area but that is not the case,” she warns. “Pubic hair is generally coarser and needs 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.

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