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How To Get Rid Of Razor Bumps On Bikini Area

You are sexy and beautiful no matter how you deal with your body hair. This is a guide for people who want to shave some or all of their pubic hair, for one reason or another.

1. Find the right razor for the job.

Your local drugstore probably has a selection of razors that would make your bikini line look exactly how you would like it to look — or you may be able to use the razor you already own. You can also find smaller shavers, like these, made specifically for your bikini line.

If you’re looking to be just a little more groomed but don’t necessarily want to be completely bare, you could try a men’s beard trimmer (here are some tested recommendations). It’s fast, and is less likely to irritate your skin the way shaving cream and a regular razor might.

How To Get Rid Of Razor Bumps On Bikini Area
How To Get Rid Of Razor Bumps On Bikini Area

1. Find the right razor for the job.

Your local drugstore probably has a selection of razors that would make your bikini line look exactly how you would like it to look — or you may be able to use the razor you already own. You can also find smaller shavers, like these, made specifically for your bikini line.

If you’re looking to be just a little more groomed but don’t necessarily want to be completely bare, you could try a men’s beard trimmer (here are some tested recommendations). It’s fast, and is less likely to irritate your skin the way shaving cream and a regular razor might.

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You can also find shavers and trimmers made specifically for your bikini area (like these) — depending on the model, you can use these trimmers on wet or dry skin and hair. They come in different shapes and sizes, so you can find one that works for your body.

 

2. Start by trimming your hair down.

Trim down the edges, trim everywhere, or trim everywhere but your labia, until the hair is just a few centimeters long. You can use scissors or try a bikini trimmer (like this non-electric one or a battery-powered option like this). Be patient with this process regardless of the tool.

If you are happy with the length of your hair after trimming, you can stop here, and don’t have to shave everything off.

Tip: Gently pull your labia taut before you go near them with the trimmer, to reduce the chance of nicking yourself, or getting your skin caught in an electric trimmer.

3. Hang out in a hot shower for 5 to 10 minutes, or soak in a warm bath beforehand.

Alternatively, you can soak a washcloth in warm water and lay it over your skin. Warm water will soften your skin, which will make shaving easier.

4. Gently exfoliate your skin before you start shaving.

“This primes the area so you can remove the hair more easily,”
Dr. Michele S. Green, a New York City dermatologist, tells BuzzFeed Life. “It makes the skin softer, and makes the hair pop up a little bit, so it’s easier to get the hair at the root.” Plus, it also reduces the chance of ingrown hairs.

The key here is not to use anything too harsh, and to not scrub too hard. Good rule of thumb? If you wouldn’t use it on your face, don’t use it between your legs. (And definitely don’t use anything with microbeads. Brewed, cooled coffee grounds, a loofah sponge, or a soft exfoliating mitt all work well for pubic hairs that are growing on the inside of your legs or in the folds between your legs and your vulva (they also work well for the rest of your legs).

But for your vulva itself, Dr. David E. Bank, the director for the Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery, recommends sticking with a dry wash cloth, that you rub very gently over your skin.

5. Apply a gentle shaving cream.

Dr. Bank recommends looking for one that’s unscented or fragrance-free, because scents and perfumes can cause irritation.

For some, oil-based alternatives to shaving cream can work well — like coconut oil, olive oil, mineral oil, or baby oil. But Dr. Green recommends sticking with a gentle shaving cream. “Oils can irritate your skin and clog your pores,” she tells BuzzFeed Life.

 

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