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How to Get Rid of Razor Bumps in the Bikini Area
Razor bumps are not only an unsightly by-product of hair removal, but they can become infected and cause you pain and skin problems. The bikini area can be particularly problematic because the skin is so sensitive. Follow along after the jump to learn how to treat the bumps and get back to smooth, irritation-free skin.
Treating Razor Bumps
Let the hair grow out a bit before shaving again.Shaving over razor bumps will only irritate or tear them open, leaving them vulnerable to infection (and probably not removing much hair in the process). If you can, let the hair grow for a few days and see if it breaks out of the bumps on its own.
Resist the urge to scratch the area.It might itch, but breaking the bumps with your fingernails can lead to infection and scarring. Try to hold off as much as you can.
Use a product that's designed to treat razor bumps.Look for something that contains salicylic acid, glycolic acid, witch hazel, aloe, or any combination of these ingredients. Some of these products might come in a roller bottle that's designed to go directly on your skin, while others might require you to put the solution on a cotton ball and dab it on your skin.
- If you don't know what to buy, call your local waxing salon and ask what they recommend to their clients. You can probably purchase the product there as well, or look around online.
- Apply the solution to your skin at least once per day, if not more. Aim to do it when you get out of the shower, before your skin has sweat or anything else on it.
Treat infection with aloe vera then lotion, to leave your skin clear and smooth.If you suspect that you have infected ingrown hairs, try using an antibacterial cream on them each day. Bacitracin, Neosporin, and Polysporin are all possible topical treatments.
Treat scarring with Retin-A.Retinoids, derived from Vitamin A, can help smooth over skin and reduce the appearance of scars or marks left by razor bumps.
- You might need to see a doctor for a prescription.
- Do not use Retin-A if you're pregnant or breastfeeding.It can cause severe birth defects.
- Areas treated with Retin-A are more susceptible to sunburns. Cover up, or wear SPF 45 sunscreen.
- Don't use Retin-A on any areas where you plan to wax in the future.— It can make the skin significantly weaker, leading to potential tearing during a waxing session.
See a dermatologist.If your razor bumps persist for several weeks, and you haven't shaved again, consider booking an appointment with a dermatologist.
Preventing Razor Bumps
Throw out any dull razors.A dull or rusty razor can keep you from getting a clean shave, whether it's by snagging hairs instead of cutting them, or irritating the skin around the follicle.
Shave every other day, at the most.Shaving every day can irritate new bumps, so try to wait and only use a razor every second day. If you can, shaving every third day is even better.
Exfoliategently.Exfoliation will clear off any dead skin cells or other material on your skin, paving the way for a close and clean shave. You can use an exfoliating scrub, loofah, mitt, skin care brush, or whatever works best for you.
- If your skin is sensitive, consider exfoliating on your "off" day from shaving.
- If your skin handles exfoliation with minimal irritation, try doing it right before you shave.
Don't press down on the razor as you're shaving.Applying pressure can make the razor uneven on your skin. Instead, aim to hold it lightly and "glide" it over your bikini area.
Try not to go over the same area twice.If you missed too much to overlook, make the second passwiththe grain, instead of against it.
- Shaving against the grain means to move the razor in the directionoppositeof hair growth. For instance, most people are shaving against the grain when they run a razor from their ankle to their knee.
- Shaving with the grain creates less irritation, but not as close a shave. Try to use this technique as much as you can if you're going back over an area you've already shaved.
Shave in the shower.The steam from a warm shower serves two purposes: it makes the hair softer, and your skin less prone to nicks and irritation.
- If you usually shave first, consider reorganizing your shower tasks so that you do it last. Try to give it five minutes before you start shaving.
- If you don't have time to shower, wet a washcloth with water that's as warm as you can stand, and lay it over the area you're going to shave. Try to leave it for two or three minutes before shaving.
Use shaving cream (or a substitute).Shaving cream can also soften hairs and make them easier to remove (as well as making it easier to track where you've shaved and where you haven't).
- Find cream that includes aloe or other moisturizing compounds.
- If you're in a pinch and have no shaving cream, use hair conditioner instead. It's better than nothing!
Rinse off with cold water.Ending your shower with a blast of cold water, or using a cold washcloth on the area, will cause your pores to close up, leaving them less vulnerable to irritants and infection.
Pat the area dry.Don't rub yourself dry harshly with a towel. Instead, dry your bikini area in small taps, saving your skin a load of irritation.
Wipe deodorant over the area (optional).Some people claim that putting deodorant over the bikini area when you're done shaving (as you would on your armpits) can help reduce irritation.
Consider waxing.You could still experience ingrown hairs after waxing, but the tip will be composed of finer new growth, instead of coarse hair that's merely had the top shaved off.
- If you do decide to wax, aim to make an appointment every six to eight weeks in the beginning. You might be able to go for longer stretches without waxing later.
- Choose a reputable waxing salon. Ask around, or search reviews online.
- Know what to expect. Your skin will probably be a little red and irritated when you leave, but you shouldn't have open cuts or dark, widespread bruises. Additionally, if you notice that your skin is infected a day or two after your appointment, start applying an antibiotic cream and notify the salon immediately.
Consider laser hair removal.Contrary to popular belief, laser hair removal won'tcompletelyremove your hair forever. However, it will significantly reduce growth.
- Be aware that laser hair removal works best on dark hair and light skin. If your skin and your hair are too close to the same color (whether it's too light or too dark), you might not be a good candidate for treatment.
- Laser hair removal is expensive, and you'll need at least four to six treatments. Price it out and watch for promotions.
QuestionHow do I not get razor bumps when I shave my bikini area?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThis a good trick that I've use for a long time and haven't gotten bumps since. You first want to wash the area very well. Then you want to put your shaving cream or conditioner on the area, and then you shave downward instead of upward. Then you want to wash off with cold water.Thanks!
QuestionI used Nair, and still got hair bumps. What can I do differently?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerDo not use Nair on your private areas! You risk chemical burns, which is an even bigger hassle than hair bumps. Try shaving using the guidelines in the article, or try one of the alternative methods the article suggests.Thanks!
QuestionWhat's the best way to shave the butt area? It's hard to see.wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerSquat down in the shower. You'll have much better reach and you can use your hands to feel where the hair is.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I get rid of razor bumps in 3 - 4 days?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerPut on aftershave cream, and gently apply lotion to area. Coconut oil and other oils help. Keep it very moisturized, and try not to touch it or wear tight pants.Thanks!
QuestionHow do razor bumps occur?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerWhen you shave, part of the hair can curl back toward the skin, which causes irritation.Thanks!
QuestionCan I still shave with hair bumps?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can, but you shouldn't. Shaving with the bumps can cause cuts from the raised skin.Thanks!
QuestionIs it best to have two different razors - one for my legs and one for my bikini area?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, it's good to have to seperate ones because that way you're preventing the risk of any infections.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I not feel self conscious about my vagina hair?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt's totally normal and natural! Remind yourself that it helps keep your body clean and protected.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I get rid of razor burn quickly?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerApply a little bit of toothpaste to the burn, spreading it over the whole area. Let it sit for about 3 minutes and then dab it with a cool or warm washcloth.Thanks!
QuestionIs coconut oil good for bikini area to keep it smooth?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes. It prevents irritation and keeps the area smooth.Thanks!
Could you possibly use coconut oil to shave? (I don't want to. Just curious. You should understand -.-)
Will the dermatologist have to look at my genitalia?
Would after-sun work as a substitute to aloe when getting rid of razor bumps?
Is bio oil good for bikini area to keep smooth?
Why do I have a lot of small bumps that aren't itchy? Can I remove those bumps?
If you need to get rid of razor bumps in your bikini area, avoid shaving the area for a few days, to give the bumps a chance to heal. Resist the urge to scratch the area, since breaking the bumps can lead to infection and scarring. You can ease the discomfort by treating the area with a product containing salicylic acid, witch hazel, or aloe at least once a day. If your razor bumps persist for several weeks, and you haven’t shaved again, visit your dermatologist.
- Aloe Vera works like a charm. Use it at least twice a day until they are gone. The razor bumps should go away very quickly.
- Don't shave too often! When you shave, you leave tiny microscopic wounds, and because the bikini area is so sensitive it irritates much more easily, which is also one of the reasons you get razor bumps.
- Try showering with antibacterial body wash using a loofah, then pat area dry apply with hazel using cotton ball then apply hydrocortisone for ingrown hairs. It works great.
- Avoid talc products as these are fine and may irritate the skin more.
- There are commercial after-shaving treatments available that claim to reduce the chances of getting razor bumps. Not everyone is sold on them, and some people consider them to be a waste of money because they don't work. If you do wish to use one, consider using one that is suitable for sensitive skin (the fewer ingredients, the better) and perhaps one that contains lidocaine to soothe the area. Oat ingredients might also help.
- Try to moisturize (preferably with non-scented lotion, it's better for your skin) consistently throughout the day. Without your pubic hair, your skin will dry very easily and become exposed to bacteria. By moisturizing, you are preventing chafing, reducing or preventing itchiness, and adding a thin protective layer.
- Wear cotton underwear after shaving, not Nylon or spandex based underwear.
- Never dry shave. Do it in a shower with warm/hot water. It opens up the hair follicles and softens the skin which is less damaging than dry shaving. If you shave with cold water the hair follicles will stay closed, so don’t use cold water until after you finish shaving. Also try using aloe Vera. It’s good for your skin (dryness, irritation, etc.) and it's very refreshing.
- Do not tweeze ingrown hairs. Doing so can cause infections and/or scarring.
- It is probably best to see a doctor before considering trying to use a needle to remove embedded hairs. Sticking even a sterilized needle into your skin can be harmful when you don't know what you're doing, and any slip-up in sterilizing it can result in the spread of infection.
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