Spring break is just around the corner. Soon it will be time to strip off the winter layers and bare your skin to the sun. But for some men and women, shaving the thighs or abdomen brings to mind bothersome razor bumps.
If shaving your bikini line causes skin irritation, you are not alone. Razor bumps are a common condition. The good news is you can take steps this spring to avoid bikini line razor bumps. Here’s how to get a bathing suit ready with the smooth shave you want.
Here are some steps you can take to get a silky bikini shave, without those pesky razor bumps.
Tips to Avoid Bikini Line Razor Bumps
First, it is important to understand why razor bumps show up along the bikini line. The hair along the bikini line is usually coarse and curly. This type of hair tends to curve as it grows. After shaving, sharpened hair tips can turn and grow right back into the skin. An ingrown hair, or multiple ingrown hairs, can result within 24-48 hours of shaving. That causes what appears as swollen, sensitive bumps on the bikini line.
Many women notice bumpy areas on their inner thighs and abdomen after shaving. If you've experienced this, here are some tips to up your shaving game to avoid bikini line razor bumps.
- Exfoliate before shaving
- Use a lubricating shave gel for “sensitive skin”
- Use warm or hot water (opens hair follicles)
- Choose a good single or double-blade razor (less traumatic to the skin)
- Work in the direction hair grows
- Shave lightly, don’t press too hard
After shaving, consider using a topical skin treatment to soothe the skin and reduce irritation. Witch hazel and aloe vera are all-natural, over-the-counter products that are known for being anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. In other words, they calm skin and reduce bacteria. Use a cotton ball to apply these or other products to the affected skin.
Tips to Treat Bikini Line Razor Bumps
“When trauma occurs to your skin, it reacts by becoming inflamed and bumpy,” explains dermatologist Dr. Mona Gohara, MD.
If you already have a case of razor bumps in your bikini area, it’s not too late. Here are some tips for dealing with skin irritation after shaving.
- Use a topical antibiotic or over-the-counter cortisone cream
- Avoid picking at them; opening a wound could make matters worse!
- Do not exfoliate or shave again until healed
In some cases, razor bumps on the bikini line can become serious. If your razor bumps become worse over time, don’t go away, or are accompanied by other symptoms such as severe pain or are interfering with your daily activities, it might be time to talk to a doctor.
Now you know how to avoid or get rid of those unsightly and uncomfortable bumps from shaving. Even though the bikini line is a high-risk area for razor bumps, you can get the smooth shave you want with a little extra effort. Try these tips at home and be ready for your spring break out.
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