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A Video About Not Knowing How To Shave Your Butthole Is Going Viral, So People Are Sharing Their Best Butthole-Shaving Tips

A Video About Not Knowing How To Shave Your Butthole Is Going Viral, So People Are Sharing Their Best Butthole-Shaving Tips

“Welcome to butthole TikTok…”

TikTok user @biotch_dad recently went viral for expressing her frustrations when it comes to shaving her butthole:

People totally related to the video — and most of them were looking for tips:

Comments saying they are looking for tips.

Some commenters shared their own butthole-shaving techniques, like those who believe in the “squat and pray”:

Comment saying, "Squat and pray, baby."

Comment saying, "Squat and pray, baby."

If you don’t know what that is, TikTok user @kateeeeeeee39 gave a lovely demonstration:

However, there were other people who preferred the “spread and pray”:

Comment saying, "One cheek in one hand, razor in the other. Spread n pray baby."

Comment saying, "One cheek in one hand, razor in the other. Spread n pray baby."

On the other hand, people like user @brittanyrutherfor8 had a more detailed process for getting the best butthole shave:

Besides figuring out the best ~positions~ to use when shaving, people also wanted to know other things, like how razor burn was avoided. Some suggested hair removal cream:

Comment saying how do you not get razor burn?

Comment saying how do you not get razor burn?

There were so many other questions and people looking for advice in the comments that we decided to talk to an expert. BuzzFeed spoke to dermatologist Dr. Charles, who said butt shaving is a common question and clients ask him for advice when it comes shaving ~down there~ all time.

Image of Charles.

Image of Charles.

Charles Puza

“Hair is such a personal preference. You’d be surprised at the number of patients who are concerned with too much hair or too little hair in specific locations,” he told BuzzFeed, adding that butt and anus hair are completely normal.

Before we get into the details, it’s important to remember that shaving is an entirely aesthetic choice! AKA, don’t do it if you don’t want to. “A shaved butt is no cleaner than a natural butt. It’s also important to note that shaving can introduce micro-tears into the skin. These small cracks in the skin can act as foci for infections. Meaning, shaving can put one at risk for an infected butt. Some patients may also find that shaving their butt makes them more prone to sweating in that area,” explained Dr. Charles.

GIF saying, "My body my choice."

When it comes to shaving, Dr. Charles does not recommend shaving in any place that you cannot see. “Blind shaving is dangerous. The blood supply to the butt and anus is incredibly rich, which means that any injury to that part of the body can lead to a scary amount of blood loss,” he explained. So, you should always get a mirror so you can see.

Screenshot of Dr. Puza from TikTok.

Screenshot of Dr. Puza from TikTok.

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Dr. Charles said there is no “correct” position to be in when shaving your butthole — through trial and error, though, you can find what works best for you.

The safest tool you can use to shave your butthole is a trimmer because it leaves minimal skin irritation and has a low risk of infection, according Dr. Charles. Many people use razors or blades, but it is not his recommendation.

Screenshot of Dr. Puza.

Screenshot of Dr. Puza.

@drcharlesmd1 / tiktok.com

NOTE: You should always shave in the direction of the hair growth to minimize irritation to the skin, especially if you’re using a razor or blade!

Before and after you shave, you should always wash the anus or butt. “Our skin is covered in bacteria. This bacteria load is normal and actually can be beneficial to maintaining skin health. However, we know that removing bacteria before skin surgery is helpful. Thus, if skin injury is possible — and it is possible when shaving — then using an antibacterial soap is useful. Common soaps are benzoyl peroxide or chlorhexidine solutions,” Dr. Charles explained.

He also recommends cleaning the area with the same antibacterial soap for a few days after to minimize the chances of folliculitis, or acne bumps.

In addition, Dr. Charles said that often times people are over-aggressive when shaving sensitive areas, like the anus. “Over-aggressive shaving, either too often or incorrectly done, can lead to irritation and acne-like bumps in that area,” he said. So, be gentle!!!

Remember, shaving is a risk for infection, bleeding, scarring. Dr. Charles said, “Folliculitis is a small collection of infections and are one of the risks of shaving your butt. Another risk is hemorrhage. The skin of the anus and butt is extremely vascular. A sharp object can do a tremendous amount of damage to that area. Similarly, if bleeding is a risk, so is scarring. Any time that the skin is injured and the wound is deep enough, you run the risk of causing a scar to form. And all of these risks are increased if you can’t see what you are doing, so use a mirror!”

Lastly, let’s talk about some alternatives to shaving or trimming your butthole. Dr. Charles said waxing your anus is relatively safe. “Avoid actives (retinoids, acids, etc.) to an area that is about to waxed. While this is generally not a concern for the butt, you want to be as gentle as possible with skin that has been traumatized with waxing. This involves avoiding hot showers and avoiding products with fragrances. Also, you should never wax if you have taken isotretinoin (Accutane) in the last six months,” he explained.

GIF of women getting waxed.

GIF from Bridesmaids saying, "I bleached my asshole."

“Anal bleaching also seems to be on the rise lately as well. There are a lot of questions about the safety and durability of this treatment. There is nothing wrong or dangerous with the dark color of the anus. Anal bleaching utilizes a variety of acids or other lightening agents to strip away some of the color of the anus. Think of these agents as removing the ‘stained’ skin. The problem is that many of these bleaching creams are quite harsh on the skin. Remember, the skin of the genitals is some of the thinnest and most delicate on the body. I would urge extreme caution before putting a potentially damaging bleaching product on your anus. That being said, most bleaching agents are not permanent. The durability of the bleach varies from person to person, but may last up to six months. You should talk to your dermatologist about these methods and definitely consult a dermatologist before bleaching,” Dr. Charles added.

To end this, don’t ever be embarrassed about your butt or butt hair! Dr. Charles said the most common “butt” questions he gets are centered around unwanted color, hair, and odor. “A darker hue to the genitals is completely normal. Hair is normal. I want to emphasize that body hair — including butt and anus hair — is likely completely normal. Odor is also normal to a certain extent. We all have specialized sweat glands in our armpits and genitals that contribute to odor.”

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Please note: This article discusses skincare advice in general and should not be taken out of context. You should always discuss your skincare concerns and questions with your personal dermatologist.

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