Is Removing Pubic Hair is Bad For Your Health?

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It seems these days that women and men alike are removing hair from their bodies, especially around their genitals. Turns out that may not be the best idea. That being said I’m not convinced that this article will change too many peoples habits. But this quote may may make you think twice before microwaving that take home wax.

Pubic hair removal naturally irritates and inflames the hair follicles left behind, leaving microscopic open wounds.  Rather than suffering a comparison to a bristle brush, frequent hair removal is necessary to stay smooth, causing regular irritation of the shaved or waxed area.  When that irritation is combined with the warm moist environment of the genitals, it becomes a happy culture media for some of the nastiest of bacterial pathogens, namely group A streptococcus, staphylococcus aureus and its recently mutated cousin methicillin resistant staph aureus (MRSA).   There is an increase in staph boils and abscesses, necessitating incisions to drain the infection, resulting in scarring that can be significant.   It is not at all unusual to find pustules and other hair follicle inflammation papules on shaved genitals.

Yeesh.

Via Alternet

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