There are all sorts of struggles that come along with being a woman.
Thanks to the unrealistic beauty standards of society, we've been trained to think ladies are supposed to be some sort of mythical creatures that poop rainbows, smell like roses and only grow hair on the tops of their heads.
As a result of this, we often do whatever it takes to keep up this lady-like image.
However, one girl discovered what the saying "beauty is pain" means on a whole new level.
That's right. An anonymous woman recently posted a story on the "Today, I Fucked Up" section of Reddit about the time she set her vagina "on fire" after making a simple but costly mistake with Nair.
She starts off the post by writing,
I live in Miami, and was planning to go to the beach today, but instead I'm spending my afternoon sitting on a cold can of ginger ale. Why you ask? here we go... So the semester has just started and I haven't fully restocked all of my bathroom supplies. If I wanted to go to the beach, I needed to clean up my bikini line, but I forgot to pick up a critical pack of disposable razors. 'It's okay' I think. My old roommate left behind Nair.
She then goes on to explain how this hair-removal product works, writing,
For those of you who don't know what Nair is, it's a thick chemical cream that literally dissolves the hair off your body. It has a super high pH and has warnings on the bottle about how NOT TO USE ON SENSITIVE SKIN.
Apparently, this girl really wanted to go to the beach that day because she decided to take a risk with her precious kitty and just be extra careful when applying the cream.
Unfortunately, things didn't really go as planned.
According to the woman,
I slathered myself (carefully) in this 'cherry blossom scented' calcium hydroxide solution. You're supposed to let it sit for about 5-7 minutes, and I could feel the cream getting warmer as it went about it's merry hair-dissolving business. It stung a bit, but I could handle it.
That is until she realized she needed to pee.
She recounts the horrors that unfolded after popping a squat, saying,
I start to pee, when a searing pain explodes in my crotch. The pee spread chemicals way down into my nether regions, and I was in agony. Boys, this was like pouring boiling water directly onto your dick. I'm yelling, I'm peeing on the floor as I run to the shower, I jump in the shower and start rinsing with water like my life depended on it. At this point, I was in so much pain, my life did depend on it.
Unfortunately, the shower didn't provide this woman with the sweet relief she was hoping for.
She goes on to explain what happens when you mix Nair with water, writing,
Remember that scene from fight club where Tyler Durden puts lye on the back of the main character's hand? and vinegar would neutralize the burn but water makes it worse? BINGO. SAME SITUATION. I'm in the shower, dousing myself in hot water, and it keeps. getting. worse. I'm screaming, there's pubic hair everywhere, my crotch is on fire, and I haven't realized the chemicals are too strong to be neutralized by water. It was like someone took a branding iron and just shoved it up there. I would have tried to amputate if you could amputate an internal structure.
Luckily, this gal paid attention during her chemistry classes because she thought of a genius solution to stop the crotch burning.
According to the woman,
Eventually something clicks, and I remember that leave-in hair products tend to be acidic. I grab my hair gel (contains phosphoric acid) and neutralize the Nair as best I can.
After rinsing the hair gel out of her vag, she got out of the shower and took a peek at the damage.
Everything was swollen, deep red, and still felt like it was burning, but not as intensely.
Then she started hunting around her room for an ice pack.
Unfortunately, she didn't have any ice but did she find a cold can of ginger ale to sit on, and that's, basically, just as good.
So, long story short, don't use Nair and then pee because you will set your vagina on fire and spend the day icing your crotch instead of sitting on the beach.