At some point in time, every woman who shaves the bikini line with a razor will develop the telltale red bumps that indicate razor rash. Not only is razor rash unattractive, but it's painful as well. Knowing how to treat razor rash, and how to prevent it, is information every woman should have.
Causes of Razor Rash
Razor rash, or razor burn, is usually caused by either using a dull razor or not shaving the correct way. This causes the hair to grow back into the skin, creating a red bump or rash. In some cases, bacteria in the area can cause the bumps to get infected, meaning they will get bigger, more painful, and likely be filled with pus.
Hydrocortisone cream is an easy way to ease the burning of razor rash. Apple cider vinegar, applied with a cotton ball, works to ease the burn and also helps to stave off infection. As with most burns, aloe vera can work wonders to ease the pain. Chamomile tea bags (let them cool first!) and witch hazel are other popular remedies. A paste made by dissolving two uncoated aspirin in a little bit of water can help; apply it liberally, leave it on for 30 seconds, and rinse off with warm water. Moisturizers that do not contain perfumes or dyes, such as Vitamin E oil, will help to lessen the pain and get rid of the rash.
In many cases, razor rash can be prevented by using proper shaving techniques. It is important to use a sharp blade, so replace the blade as often as necessary. Dry shaving will almost certainly lead to a rash, so be sure to keep the area lubricated. Shave with the grain of the hair, not against it. Use shaving creams or gels that do not have perfumes or dyes that could irritate the sensitive bikini-line skin. Some people exfoliate the skin after cleansing (but before shaving) to minimize bumps. Cleaning the razor with rubbing alcohol after each use will kill any bacteria on the blade that could cause an infection. Although it may seem as if there are a lot of steps to perfecting the bikini line shave, they do not take much time -- and they certainly beat the alternative of a painful rash.