manscaping and STDs

Manscaping may increase your risk of STDs and viral infections

Men who get rid of their pubic hair do it for different reasons. Some for aesthetic purposes or to improve the appearance of their favorite appendage. Others do it as part of their man parts hygiene regimen: less hair down there means less breeding grounds for odor and infection-causing microorganisms.

There are different ways to get rid of pubic hair including shaving with a razor, waxing, using an electric trimmer and for those who want a more permanent solution, laser hair removal. The former remains the most popular method because it is quick, cheap and relatively painless (provided you are careful and know how to do it properly).

Unfortunately, many men are unaware that shaving with a razor may increase their risk of acquiring sexually-transmitted diseases as well as developing skin infections caused by viruses, bacteria and fungi. As a sharp blade glide on the skin, it can traumatize the area and cause razor burns and cuts which can serve as entry points to disease-causing microorganisms.

One very common skin viral infection caused by shaving is Molluscum contagiosum. It is caused by a double-stranded DNA poxvirus and is characterized by small, fleshy-colored, raised lesions, often with a whitish center.

While Molluscum contagiosum lesions are generally not painful, they may itch or become irritated. Scratching can aggravate the condition and further spread the infection to other parts of the body. The disease is spread from person to person through direct contact to the affected skin or by touching a surface with the virus on it, such as a towel, gym equipment or toys.

People who are more likely to become infected by this viral infection include athletes who participate in sports wherein bare skin-to-skin contact is common, sexually promiscuous adults, and individuals who frequents public spaces such as gyms, shower rooms, toilets and swimming pools.

Despite being very unsightly and highly-contagious, Molluscum contagiosum does not pose serious health issues. In fact, the lesions will eventually heal and go away in its own time. However, the infection can last between 12 and 18 months, in some cases even four years, if not treated immediately.

To avoid acquiring Molluscum contagiosum and other skin infections, it is recommended to use only sterilized razor blades when shaving or employ a hair removal method that does not cause damage to the skin such as trimming with a scissor or an electric shaver.

Impeccable personal hygiene and using appropriate grooming products are also recommended to help reduce any risks of STD and microbial infections. ToppCock, a line of personal care products specially formulated for men, contain silver nanoparticles which are known for their anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. Studies have shown that silver is very effective in destroying microbial cells, preventing their proliferation. With other natural anti-microbial ingredients such as Tea Tree oil and Aloe Vera, ToppCock products are a man’s best defense against STDs and skin infections caused by bacteria, virus or fungi.

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