Emma recently e-mailed me about my post with tips for going bare (that is, getting rid of pubic hair).
She prefers to shave and then uses baby oil and baby powder to sooth the area and make her skin soft – but she was worried that this might be a bad idea.
Baby oil and Aloe lotion are both fine for moisturizing post hair removal (no matter which method you used). Both should condition the skin without clogging the pores, though you’ll want to avoid scented lotion or lotion with dyes, because these could irritate your tender skin.
As for baby powder, it can help keep your genital region dry and can reduce irritation after you’ve taken out all that hair – but, there has been some concern about using this in the past.
Baby powder used to be made with talcum powder which is a suspected contributor to ovarian cancer (and lung cancer).
It is hypothesized that talcum powder (when sprinkled on or near the vagina or on or near the penis of a lover) could gradually migrate up the vaginal tract, through the uterus, and into the peritoneal cavity where the ovaries are. There it would irritate the cells on the ovary and generally make a mess of things.
[Back in the day, talc powders also contained traces of asbestos which is known to produce tumors and be generally icky. ]
Still, it is better to be safe than sorry (or infertile or dead) and today baby powder contains cornstarch instead of talcum powder but you should still check the ingredient list, just to make sure. Cornstarch is an organic carbohydrate that is naturally broken down by enzymes in the body. Which is good, in case any of it wanders into your vagina.
So finally – Yes, Baby Oil and Baby Powder are fine to use on your pubis, as long as you are giving the skin a chance to breath and there is no talc in the powder. (Guys you can try this too, to keep your balls from getting too itchy after you shave.)
And again, please don’t feel any pressure to get rid of your pubic hair, there’s nothing wrong with it (as long as you keep it clean) – how much you remove is up to your own personal tastes.