When waxing your pubic area you may inadvertently irritate the skin due to high temperature of the wax, or by the force or ripping the hair from the follicles. The end result is painful and embarrassing redness of pubic area, and often causes tiny red bumps from the irritation. Although the skin looks unpleasant shortly after waxing, there are treatments to help you reduce the pain and cut your skin’s healing time short. If your skin is sensitive and prone to irritation, considering an alternative grooming method is critical to avoid future flare-ups.

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Carefully wash the area. You want to keep the affected area clean, but you should steer clear of any abrasive body scrubs or chemical-laden body soaps, which can cause more irritation, according to Rona Berg, author of “Fast Beauty: 1,000 Quick Fixes.” Use a mild soap and gently wash the pubic area.

Take over-the-counter pain medication. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, aspirin and naproxen can help reduce inflammation, which decreases the amount of redness and size of the bumps. Take as directed on package instructions.

Apply witch hazel to the area. Witch hazel is a topical liquid that can help soothe the skin and reduce irritation when used immediately after waxing. Use a cotton ball and soak it in the witch hazel. Gently rub the cotton ball over the pubic area. Follow by rubbing a nickel-sized amount of aloe vera gel onto the affected area. Aloe vera gel cools the skin, and relieves skin inflammation.

Keep your skin moisturized. A skin moisturizer for sensitive skin can also help reduce irritation by keeping your skin hydrated. If your pubic area rubs against your clothing while moving it can dry the skin out and increase irritation.

Give it time. Most irritation subsides within 24 hours after waxing, according to the book Fast Beauty: 1,000 Quick Fixes by Rona Berg.


  • Gently exfoliate the day of your waxing appointment to remove bacteria and oil from the skin.

  • Apply a hydrocortisone cream to your pubic area before waxing to prevent irritation.