Getting Rid of Razor Bikini Bumps

by Jessica Wright
(last updated May 16, 2014)

If you want to have a smooth bikini area then you need to shave the area the right way. There are steps that can be taken to help prepare the area to be shaven. If you prepare the area and use some of the proper shaving techniques you can avoid having to deal with the painful, irritating, ugly razor bikini bumps.

  • Bathing or Showering. Bathe or shower in hot water. The hot water will soften the hair and relax the skin, which makes it easier to shave the area.
  • Antibacterial Cleanser. You will want to begin by cleansing the area with an antibacterial cleanser. Your pores open up as you shave and then bacteria gets into them, helping to cause razor bumps. So, you will want to keep the area free from bacteria and sweat.
  • Razor. Use a clean, sharp razor. Using a dull razor pulls the hair as you shave which irritates the skin. Use new razor blades after two or three times of shaving this area. You want to be sure that the razor is always sharp. As you are shaving rinse off the hair that is on the razor; this helps keep the razor sharp.
  • Shaving Cream. Apply a shaving gel or cream to the bikini area. Let it soak into the skin for just a minute and then begin to shave. When shaving with a shaving cream or gel the razor seems to just glide over the skin keeping the irritation down. If you don't apply a cream or gel to the area you are more likely to get razor bumps.
  • Shaving. Shave the hair in the direction that the hair grows. If you choose to shave against the way the hair grows then you are pulling the hair at the same time you are shaving, which encourages bumps and more irritation. When shaving, don't put too much pressure on the razor; this will give a closer shave and cause razor bumps.
  • Post-Shave Care. To clam the irritated skin apply some witch hazel (can be found at drug and grocery stores) to a cotton ball and then gently wipe the shaved area. Witch hazel is a natural treatment that can calm irritated skin. If the area is still irritated apply hydrocortisone cream to the bumps. With regular applications the bumps and inflammation will be reduced.
  • Exfoliate. Two times a week you will want to help maintain the area that has been shaved. By using a loofah sponge you can exfoliate the area. With regular exfoliation in time you will notice that the razor bumps will decrease.
  • Underwear. What you wear as underwear will also have an impact on razor bumps. Wearing cotton underwear allows the skin to breathe. If the skin can't breathe then bacteria can get trapped next to your skin.

With just a little more time in shaving and using these techniques you will soon be razor bump free, and have smooth skin.

Author Bio

Jessica Wright

Jessica is a communications major studying for her masters and working full time. Growing up in a household of girls, she learned young the fun of trying new beauty ideas. Jessica enjoys playing the piano, dating, and having a good time with family and friends. ...

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