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To help you reduce the pain of getting hair ripped out of a very sensitive part of your body, BuzzFeed Health talked to dermatologist Dr. Rachel Miest, and licensed esthetician Fernanda Santos, owner of Beleza Beauty Spa. Here's what you can actually do.
First of all, know that waxing around your genitals will probably hurt a bit more than other places.
It's because the skin in those areas is thinner, making it more sensitive. Also, the skin there tends to have less elasticity.
“Because of that, it can be a little harder for the wax technician to be pulling those areas taut right before the wax, increasing pain when we wax in those areas,” says Miest.
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Gently exfoliate the area with a washcloth 2-3 days before your wax.
What that does is help remove any dead skin cells and makes sure that when the wax is applied, there's maximum wax-to-hair contact, rather than the surrounding skin, which makes it less painful to pull out, according to Santos.
Miest recommends only a warm wet (clean!) washcloth rather than a gritty scrub, since anything too abrasive can irritate or inflame the skin, which is not good for waxing. On that note, avoid exfoliating the day of or the day before your wax.