How to Avoid Razor Bumps in the Bikini Area

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Avoid unsightly and uncomfortable razor bumps in your bikini area.
Avoid unsightly and uncomfortable razor bumps in your bikini area. (Image: bikini image by FotoWorx from Fotolia.com)

When warm weather arrives and you're ready to head to the beach in your bikini, the last thing you want sticking out of the edges of your bikini bottom is unsightly red razor bumps. Razor bumps show up as a result of razor burn, a type of skin irritation caused by improper shaving of the bikini area. Razor bumps not only look unattractive, they can be itchy and painful, too.

Things You'll Need

  • Shaving cream with aloe
  • Razor
  • Moisturizing body lotion
  • 1 percent hydrocortisone cream

Wash your hair and body or just relax in the hot water of the bath or shower for a few minutes before shaving your bikini area. The hot water softens your skin, makes your pubic hair stand up and opens pores. All these make it easier on your skin when you shave your bikini area.

Apply a shaving cream containing soothing aloe vera to your bikini area. Allow the shaving cream to sit on your hair for a few minutes to soften the hair, making it easier to shave.

Shaving creams made especially for women have special skin-softeners in them.
Shaving creams made especially for women have special skin-softeners in them. (Image: razor and gel image by Karin Lau from Fotolia.com)

Shave with the direction of your hair growth, which would be in a downward motion. Shaving against the growth of hair is irritating to skin.

Use a moisturizing body lotion after you shave your bikini area. Keeping the skin moist helps prevent skin irritation caused by shaving.

Dab a 1 percent hydrocortisone cream on the site of any razor bumps on your bikini area. The cortisone will soothe your skin and reduce the bumps and redness caused by razor burn.

Tips & Warnings

  • A bikini wax removes hair on your bikini line and prevents immediate regrowth. If shaving causes constant irritation to the bikini area, try an at-home wax or salon bikini wax.
  • Shaving with soap and a razor is fine in a pinch, but soap doesn't add moisture to your skin, which helps reduce skin irritation from shaving.

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