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Everything you ever & never wanted to know about butt hair
Photographed by Ashley Armitage.
"Can you tell me something about butt hair?" Never in my life would I have thought that I would write this subject in an email. Don't get it wrong: It's not like butt hair is such a rare thing. I mean, you have them, I have them, the Kardashians have them (or at least had them at some point) ... And yet the hairs on our buttocks are more of a private matter - actually funny, considering that we usually do as well share everything on Instagram, Facebook and Co. Nonetheless, we've all admitted a question or two about butt hair. But who can you talk to about it (without somehow sinking into the ground in shame) ?!
And that's where I come in! Yes, I really dared to send inquiries to dermatologists, gynecologists, beauticians, wax and laser experts and to those who have their buttocks hair removed. Fortunately, some of them weren't shy and ready to answer my questions.
And I hope that after reading this post, you will never have questions about the hair on your bum again.
Why do we even get hair in this region?
"It is well known that men have more body hair than women and yet hair grows on the buttocks to a certain extent in all people," explains dermatologist Dr. Joshua draftsman. "Women usually have a down on their buttocks and darker, thicker hair in the anus area."
Researchers have already been able to precisely determine the function of our hair on many parts of our body, but unfortunately they are still puzzled when it comes to the hair on our bottom. There are many guesses as to why they grow there, but no one can really say for sure. "It's probably because of the evolution of our hair growth," says Dr. Illustrator. “Some theories say that hair in these areas should protect against possible microorganisms and infections or keep the genital area warm. Some scientists believe that our ancestors needed the hair to reduce possible chafing in these sensitive areas. But maybe they also convey the, um, natural scents of our body to our fellow human beings. “Sweat, oils and dirt stick to our hair, which means that our own body odor can be carried on. That would also be a very plausible reason for the hair on the bottom, ”believes Dr. Illustrator.
Should you get your hair off or should you not?
From a purely health point of view, it doesn't matter. “I haven't noticed any difference in the infection rate between people with hairy and hairless bottoms. Of course your skin can be irritated or even injured by removing the hair and then the risk of infection increases immensely, "explains Dr. Illustrator.
The gynecologist and obstetrician Dr. Omnia M. Samra-Latif Estefan agrees. “With STDs, it's not about whether or not you have pubic hair, it's just about whether your skin is broken. As soon as your skin has a wound anywhere, this area is like an open gate for viruses and bacteria through which they can get into your body. ”At the same time, the expert also explains that a hair-free genital area can keep some unwanted crawling guests away. "If you don't have hair in the pubic area, lice, for example, can't nest there - it's very simple," she says.
Photographed by Ashley Armitage.
Again, from an aesthetic point of view, it is entirely up to you whether or not you remove the hair. As with all other hair on your body, it's basically just a matter of taste. But if you prefer your buttocks hairless, you should just think carefully, how you take them away. “Waxing can cause skin irritation and inflammation. Shaving can cause small cuts in the skin. And trimming also proves to be a bit of a challenge at this point, especially if you want to do it yourself, ”says Dr. Illustrator.
In his opinion, laser hair removal is a better choice. “This method is becoming increasingly popular in my practice. And if you work particularly carefully, you are sure to get rid of your hair. Until no more hair grows back, you have to undergo around six to eight sessions and, depending on the hair density and structure, these are every four weeks. Women who have particularly strong hormonal fluctuations may have to come to follow-up appointments once a year after the treatment is complete, so that the hair really stays away forever.
Of course, I didn't just look at the medical side. To find out what it is like to have the hair removed there, I also spoke to some people who have done laser hair removal in that area. Some have told me that they had pain during the treatment (as if someone had a rubber flanged onto their skin) and that they felt uncomfortable rubbing where the hair was growing back. And because wounds and scabs formed as a result, they even had to stop the treatment at some point.
Others had no symptoms whatsoever, both during the treatment and during the time that the hair was growing back. The reason why the experiences are so different is when you did the laser therapy. Those who reported pain had their treatments four to five years ago. The others only recently. "The technology has changed quite a bit since the first devices," explains Christian Karavolas, owner and boss of Romeo & Juliette Laser Hair Removal in New York City. "There are lasers that can still cause pain, but with the various cooling techniques available, it feels much more comfortable - now it's less of a whip and more of a gentle tap."
However, if you are still afraid it might hurt, you can sometimes apply an anesthetic ointment to the areas 30 minutes in advance. Avoid going to the solarium and taking antibiotics during this time, as this can lead to rashes and dark blobs.
People who have had a laser can also give you a tip: Prepare to get very close to your beautician! “You put your bum in their face and you may even have to spread your buttocks. I just thought to myself Woah! Not even my doctor or even my husband have seen me like this before“, Tells me a customer who prefers to remain anonymous. Despite the very embarrassing situation, she didn't find the whole thing uncomfortable at all. “The nurse who treated me didn't itch at all. She must have seen and experienced completely different things. "
But if you don't want to get rid of them forever or they are just too bright for laser treatment, you can also try sugaring, the hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic variant of hair removal. “With sugaring, the hair is removed in the direction of growth. In contrast to shaving or waxing, the skin is less irritated, ”says Courtney Claghorn, founder of Sugared + Bronzed.
How do you properly care for the skin afterwards?
“Avoid excessive physical activity, peeling and bathing in warm water for the first 48 hours,” advises Claghorn. In addition, you shouldn't apply ice or cortisone cream if you have redness or irritated skin.
What about pimples or rashes?
Regardless of whether you keep your hair or not, you can always have skin problems in your buttocks area. At the top of this list: the pilonidal system, a skin infection caused by ingrown hairs near the tailbone. “A pilonidal cyst is a deep cyst that spreads from the skin to the buttocks. When it's small, it stays in place. However, it can enlarge and become infected or inflamed, so surgical drainage or removal along with oral antibiotics will be necessary, ”says Dr. Illustrator. This is not the only evil that can spread unnoticed: “Foliculitis is a typical rash that settles around the buttocks. Many people mistake it for acne, but when the hair follicles become infected, small pus pimples can form, ”explains the dermatologist. To prevent this, experts recommend using a gentle scrub to remove dirt, oil and dead skin cells.
If you remove the hair there, ingrown hairs can naturally occur (like any other hairy area on your body). To get rid of this little inflammation, Dr. Draftsman to apply a moisture-retaining ointment on or between the cheeks and outside the anus. According to the dermatologist, anti-inflammatory creams cannot do any harm either.
Photographed by Ashley Armitage.
And be careful: If you notice painful red nodules, it could indicate an infection. “Then use a bacitracin ointment twice a day and immediately after each use of the toilet. They are also available in pharmacies without a prescription, ”says Dr. Illustrator. "If the blisters do not improve, you should seek medical advice as soon as possible."
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