...By Solomon Thomas for TDPel Media.
Doctor Karan Raj, an NHS surgeon, has posted a video on TikTok urging people to reconsider their grooming practices if they regularly shave their behind.
He explained that the perianal skin, which contains hair follicles, also contains apocrine glands that secrete an oily substance.
The hairs in your buttocks can trap these secretions, keeping your crack lubricated and reducing irritations and rashes caused by your gluteal cheeks rubbing together.
Moreover, these oils feed the good bacteria around your derriere, leading to a strong and healthy perianal microbiome.
According to a 2017 study by JAMA Dermatology, 25.6% of the 7,570 participants reported grooming-related injury.
Meanwhile, removing pubic hair can increase the risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections.
Pubic hair provides protection to the genitals from foreign bodies, bacteria, dirt, and germs.
Dr. Shree Datta, an expert at My Healthcare Clinic, also stated that some studies suggest that hair removal could increase the risk of some STIs by making it slightly easier for bacteria to enter the body through the skin.
However, for some infections such as pubic lice (crabs), she would recommend hair removal as this could aid treatment.
While people have their preferences when it comes to pubic hair grooming, regular shaving of the behind may not be the best option.
As explained by Dr. Raj, butt hair provides essential functions such as keeping your crack lubricated to reduce irritations and rashes from your gluteal cheeks rubbing together.
Moreover, the hair traps oily secretions that feed good bacteria around your derriere, making your perianal microbiome stronger and healthier.
While removing pubic hair is a common practice, it is not without risk, and should be done as safely as possible.