How to Treat a Bad Bikini Line Rash

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Shaving can cause a rash and skin irritation around the bikini line.
Shaving can cause a rash and skin irritation around the bikini line. (Image: Polka Dot Images/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Red itchy bumps and inflammation around the bikini line are signs of a bad skin reaction or a rash. Rashes or irritated skin are a general side effect of shaving or waxing of the bikini area. When hair is removed from the bikini zone, the hair follicles often split and tend to grown under the surface of the skin which causes redness and inflammation. Bikini line rashes can be embarrassing. Don’t let your day at the beach go to ruin – learn how to treat a bad bikini line rash.

Things You'll Need

  • Antibacterial soap
  • Washcloth
  • Cotton swab
  • Hydro-cortisone cream

Wash the infected area with antibacterial soap and water. Pat dry with a clean, dry washcloth.

Dab a small amount of hydro-cortisone cream onto a cotton swab. Spread a thin layer of the cream onto the affected area. Allow to dry before dressing. The cream helps treat redness and inflammation and will help the rash to heal.

Reapply the hydro-cortisone cream two to three times a day until the rash has cleared. The rash should clear within two to seven days.

Tips & Warnings

  • Acetylsalicylic acid solution, or aspirin solution, can also be used to treat a bikini line rash. The solution gently exfoliates skin helping to heal a rash caused by waxing or shaving. Apply a small amount to the rash using a cotton swab as indicated by a pharmacist.
  • Both hydrocortisone cream and acetylsalicylic acid solution are found at local pharmacies or drug stores.
  • Do not pull your skin when you shave. Shaving too close to the skin increases your chances of irritating your skin and developing a rash.
  • Consider laser hair removal if rashes are a continuous problem in your bikini area.
  • Consult a medical professional if rash persists for longer than seven days.

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