One of my friends, who has begged not to be named, called me up recently.
She had a hot date coming up with this guy she’d been lusting over. They’d been out a few times and it was becoming clear the feeling was mutual.
Naturally, she wanted to tidy up down there. Instead of getting razor bumps, she thought the best way to quickly smooth things over was to use Nair.
I don’t have to tell you how badly this ended, do I?
Perhaps I do so you don’t wind up like her.
Let’s just say she was in tons of pain. And she needed to cancel her date. That totally sucks!
So, the quick answer on what to do when you get a Nair burn on your vag:
Wash the Nair off completely, keeping the water from your shower running on it for a solid 15 minutes, or soak in a tub of lukewarm water for the same duration. Hydrocortisone cream or even something for diaper rash will help relieve the pain and quell the irritation.
While Nair lasts way longer than shaving, it can cause a chemical burn that will leave you in pain. And it will leave you looking worse down there than if you’d just shaved away the hair on your bikini line.
Still, I know plenty of people who are still going to try this no matter what I say, so keep reading this post to find out what to do if you get a chemical burn on your vag from using Nair.
Plus, I have other ways of removing that pesky hair without the risk of a burn so read onward!
Here’s what to do if you get a chemical burn from using Nair on vag
If you’ve just pulled this article up while writhing in pain from the confines of your bathroom, here’s what to do for that chemical burn on your vag from Nair.
Jump in your shower and rinse it away as fast as you can while continuing to flush your nether-regions with constant water for 15 minutes.
When you are finished rinsing in the shower (you can also soak in the tub but I think it’s best to rinse and rinse and rinse it all away), you will want to pat that area gently with a clean, soft towel.
Use a gentle touch, not that I have to tell you since your vag feels like it’s aflame.
Once you’ve patted things dry, you can use hydrocortisone cream. That’s a great thing to have on-hand in your first aid kit anyway.
If you have kids, it’s likely you’ve got diaper rash cream somewhere so go snag that.
Desitin and Sudocrem are good options, FYI, as they’ll alleviate the pain.
Using petroleum jelly can help keep the burn area moist, but do know it’s going to be a bit sore for a few days.
What did you do wrong? Isn’t Nair designed to remove hair? Yes, but it was not created with the intent to tackle areas with such delicate skin as you have in your vag area.
You’ll want to now be extra careful when handling this area until it heals, using antibacterial soap, keeping it clean and dry, and avoiding any shaving or preening.
And yes, if you’ve got Nair vag burn, better reschedule your date.
How long Nair chemical burn will last on vag?
It depends how bad the burn is and how quickly you tend to heal. Generally, it should be about a week or two for your skin to heal.
You may find the skin looks a bit discolored, but it should go back to normal.
For my friend, it was about a week and a half until it looked as she described “like normal.”
After she healed, she was all about the suggestions for safer hair removal down there which I’ll talk about at the end of this post.
16 Best remedies for Nair chemical burn
In addition to what I’ve mentioned above, I have 16 other remedies you can try for that Nair chemical burn on your vag. Or if you get it anywhere else that becomes too tender.
Use water to wash the product away. After it’s rinsed away, continue to run water on the area.
You can and should do this again if you’ve already done the steps I mentioned above. You may not have removed all traces of it the first time.
2. Do pain control
OTC pain medications are your bestie in this situation. Take ibuprofen or naproxen to help tame the inflammation and help you feel better.
3. Watch what you use
When applying topical agents, don’t ever use burn creams that are made for non-chemical burns.
These can have the opposite effect, making you feel the pain even more.
4. Avoid pressure and friction
It’s probably the last thing on your mind with a Nair burn on your vag, but s** is a no-no right now.
The friction and pressure that comes from it will be way too painful.
5. Make use of the tub
Lukewarm baths are definitely a good idea. Take several throughout the day to help mitigate any pain you feel.
6. Know this pee hack
OMG, if you got Nair more in there than you intended and it hurts when you pee, you can pee in the tub. I know, I knowwwww! Gross, but it can be such a relief.
You’ll want to protect the burned area with your fingers so that the pee doesn’t make it sting. After that, drain the tub and go shower.
7. Choose the right clothing
Loose-fitting clothing and underwear are ideal with a Nair burn on your vag. Cotton is a great fabric too since it’s breathable and comfortable.
8. Ice could help
Generally, putting ice on burns isn’t a great idea. However, plenty of women have said this has worked for them, especially when the pain is almost too much to handle.
My friend took to freezing wet maxi pads and using those to soothe her burn. I say that’s pretty clever though you should never do so for longer than 15 minutes at a time.
9. Sit in a sitz bath
My mama friends tell me this is the way to relieve anything down there, especially after birth when hemorrhoids strikes. It will likely soothe you too.
10. Tea bag it
Black and green tea are great healers because of their soothing qualities and antioxidants. Wet some tea bags and gently place them on your burned vag area.
11. Keep the ointment coming
Regularly cleaning the area will help but also so will keeping it covered with ointments or creams.
Petroleum jelly is a great agent because it will keep the burn moist which is just what a chemical burn needs to heal.
12. Repeat the cleaning and moisturizing
I recommend doing this at least 3 times per day to prevent any infections from cropping up. An infection might just be the only thing worse than the burn itself!
13. Benadryl cream may be in order
Benadryl cream might just be a great option for you or the oral kind. This can help quell the reaction. Of course, if things are getting worse, you can always visit your OB/GYN.
14. Don’t use Nair there
I feel like in this list, I’ve really got to repeat this. Please don’t put Nair on your vag.
My friend who shall remain anonymous urges you never to do this. Hers blistered. It was awful and she wants me to warn anyone who will listen.
15. Don’t stop with the ointments
Seriously, you want this thing to heal, right? Then use Vaseline or even olive oil.
You can apply a dab when you go pee too if you’ve burned the heck out of that area too. It will keep it from stinging.
16. Stay out of the pool
Now is not the time for a swim. Chemicals like the chlorine in the pool can cause the area to really hurt.
Also, even swimming in the ocean or a lake would be ill-advised. Bacteria could be in the water and could infect your burn, especially if you have open sores.
How do you know when it’s infected? Simple. If it gets worse in redness or your skin color changes, it swells up, it blisters, it becomes thicker, you see pus or weird green fluids, and/or you have a fever, it’s time to call your doctor and get checked out ASAP.
Why Nair causes a chemical burn on vag
Even when you use Nair or any other cream of the same type as it advises on the package, you can still burn your skin.
These things have chemicals like potassium hydroxide and calcium hydroxide as their active ingredients.
What they do is make the hair shaft swell, allowing the chemicals in so they can break down each hair.
Obviously, that’s rough stuff so you can expect that those chemicals may irritate or burn your skin.
Some brands are FDA-approved but despite this they can all pose risk of burns, blisters, and rashes.
That’s why they have those warning labels on there. Sometimes, the irritation and redness will only happen while you’re using it.
Other times, you may have redness for a few days. And yes, it can get worse than that.
Another friend of mine who doesn’t want the world to know she has a slight mustache has used Nair many times to remove it.
She follows the directions too but on one occasion, it left her with a telltale redness above her lip. She’s since decided that wasn’t worth it and is now using one of the options I’ll be discussing further down so keep reading.
Can you use Nair on your vag again?
Oh sweetie, no! No, please don’t use Nair on your vag again. This is especially true if you followed the directions to a T and it still burned you.
Your skin is far too sensitive to these chemicals, or you could have any allergy.
But what if you threw caution to the wind and didn’t follow the directions?
Maybe you used too much cream, rubbed it when you shouldn’t have, or left it on for too long. Maybe you had a sunburn or irritation already. And if that’s the case, this may account for your burn.
You may be able to use it again, but I’d advise against it. After all, there are other effective ways to remove unwanted hair from down there.
One of the things you should never do is apply Nair on your labia, or vag lips if you prefer.
You can apply it to the surrounding pubic area and on the outside, but you should never ever let it get inside. These parts are extremely sensitive!
Are patch tests reliable to avoid chemical burns from Nair?
Willing to give it a try anyway? Then please follow this advice…
– Choose a Nair product formulated for the bikini area. It will be less likely to burn you when used as directed.
– Patch test it on a tiny area. Just dab a little on and let it sit for 6 to 10 minutes. Rinse it away and then keep an eye on the area for the next 24 hours. And I know it sounds lame, but you should do this every time because you can have a reaction any time.
– Should it all go well, go for it!
It’s worth mentioning that any hair that you Nair down there needs to be about 2 millimeters to work the best.
So, if it’s too short it won’t work well. And if you have hair that is too long, definitely trim it first. But be careful! You don’t want any broken skin or that Nair will burn on contact!
When you are using Nair on your vag, keep the cream thick and even. Don’t rub it in and set a timer for 6 minutes.
At that point, take a cloth and wipe a little away. If hair comes off with it, you can take it all off.
If not, you can wait the full 10 minutes. Some people have the experience of not having the hair come off even when they’ve done 10 minutes. And that’s ok because Nair isn’t for everyone.
I have friends that use it with zero problems on various body parts and others that feel it’s not the best method.
So, what can you use? Read on!
Best alternatives if you’re sensitive to Nair
Are you sensitive to Nair? If you’ve tried it out, either on your vag or elsewhere, and it gave you a reaction or you just want to avoid chemicals, there are other ways to bid adieu to unwanted hair. Check them out!
▪️ Use an epilator instead of Nair
Lots of women use epilators to remove hair that keep showing up. It’s a lot better than shaving and gives you longer results.
It’s not permanent so you’ll have to keep at it but it will irritate you a whole lot less than shaving. And definitely will be easier and less painful than a burn from Nair!
I’ve written about the Best Epilators so check them out and see if one of them is a match for you!
▪️ An IPL device as a more permanent solution
Want to be smooth and carefree for good? An IPL device gives you a permanent solution.
It’s a lot cheaper than going in for treatments. Yes, you will have to do it more than once to remove your hair for good. That’s because hair grows in different stages.
Choosing an IPL is easier than you think and will allow you to eventually halt hair growth to any area, bikini or otherwise.
It’s not a bad investment and there are a bunch of them that work wonders.
Check out my post about the Best IPL and Laser Hair Removal Devices and you’ll see.
Please don’t put Nair on your vag. You can get a burn. If you do get a chemical burn, you can use these tips to help get relief. And if you’re set on using Nair, make sure you use the kind for the bikini area. Follow all directions to the letter and watch for any irritations.
Of course, if you’d rather keep from a painful situation, you can explore epilators and IPL devices that will leave you with a smooth and hair-free bikini line!