Although there are a large variety of hair removal options for women, shaving still remains the number one choice in bikini hair removal. Shaving, though relatively convenient and inexpensive, is commonly associated with bikini line infection, or folliculitis, which often looks like pimples.
Cleanse the bikini line area thoroughly to eliminate any bacteria that might be dragged by the razor into the hair follicles, leading to infected pores and the development of pimples. Use an antibacterial soap. Work up a good lather and allow the suds to remain on the bikini line for three to four minutes. Rinse well with warm water.
Lather shaving cream or gel in your hands and apply evenly to the bikini line area. Use a cream or gel that is designed for sensitive skin. Harsh chemicals and fragrances can further irritate the sensitive bikini line area.
Using a razor with a clean, new blade, shave the bikini line area. Use firm but gentle strokes. Pull the razor in the direction that the hair grows. Avoid shaving against the grain of the hair to minimize irritation.
Rinse off remaining shaving cream or gel with clean, warm water. Apply antibacterial soap to a clean, wet washcloth. Use the washcloth to scrub the entire bikini line area. This will help to remove more of the bacteria that might have remained in the bikini line area and prevent the germs from infiltrating the open hair follicles. Using a clean, dry towel, gently pat the entire bikini area dry.
Allow skin to air dry completely for no more than five minutes. Apply an astringent to the bikini line area. Astringents are available over-the-counter. Dab liquids on gently using a cotton ball. Pour lotions into hands and gently rub into area. Squeeze creams directly onto bikini line and gently rub until blended.
Apply a hydrocortisone cream to any pimples that remain in the bikini line area. Hydrocortisone creams are available over-the-counter. Follow package instructions when applying to the infected area. The cream not only will help eliminate stubborn pimples, but also will soothe skin irritation and promote healing in the bikini line area.