Shaving using a razor is one of the most common methods of hair removal that we use on a normal basis. It is very convenient, takes less time and gives fair results. The best way to shave is to first moisturize the skin and soften the hair before shaving, you should ideally use a good blade to shave and shave in direction of hair growth, not the opposite side. Using this standard way of shaving spares you from problems like hard hair re-growth, razor burns, and other such problems.
However, one major and common problem which persists with razor shaving is the razor bumps. Razor bumps are small growth of curled hair, happening 1-2 days after shaving. Usually, a thin layer of skin is formed over these hair growth forming razor bumps.
Razor bumps are generally irritating as they lead to itching, redness and swelling and shabby appearance. The urge to itch these razor bumps affected area is very serious and scratching results in infection, scarring and a further worsening of the area. It is better to leave these razor bumps alone rather than scratching and fiddling with them.
Now when discussing specifically the bikini area, it is important to understand that the skin there is very soft and sensitive. Any scratching or damage can easily lead to developing skin infections and swelling. Thus measures must be taken to get rid of razor bumps in the bikini area.
Following are the different ways to get rid of razor bumps in the bikini area.
Take Gaps Between Subsequent Shavings:
It is recommended to take at least a 2-3 day gap between two subsequent shaving sessions. A gap is essential because excessive shaving can make your skin dry and damaged. It can also cause scarring; along with this, the new hair tends to grow harder. Taking a break also gives your previously shaved bikini area time to heal and repair the wear and tear if any.
Use Cucumber Mask for Softening And Healing The Razor Bumps:
Cucumber and milk both have cooling and soothing properties. They also moisturize the skin and this combination is widely been used in skin-care products. For healing razor bumps especially in the sensitive bikini area, cool cucumber pulp and milk in the refrigerator for 30-40 min and then mix together.
Apply this paste on your razor bumps and leave for 15 min, followed by washing with cold water. This mask is very beneficial to cure razor bumps. One added benefit of the cucumber –milk mask is that it also reduces darkening of the skin.
Follow The Rule: Always Moisturise Post Shaving:
The bikini area is very sensitive and tends to become dry and itchy very soon. Thus it is advisable to moisture using a light non-fragrant moisturizer once you are done with shaving. This reduces the dryness and friction of the skin; thereby not causing itching and irritation which ultimately reduces skin darkening and also reduces scarring.
Use Other Alternative Hair Removal Methods:
Use of razor should be avoided. In doing so you can alternatively use other means of hair removal. These different ways of hair removal are the use of a hair removal cream, waxing, threading etc. However, considering the bikini area other than using a hair removal cream all other methods are painful and difficult.
Permanent Hair Removal:
When feasible, it is recommended that you go for permanent hair removal thus eliminating the need to shave frequently. There are many skin clinics offering god packages for bikini hair removal and people opting for them are pretty satisfied with the results. You can also consult your dermatologist for other medical/ procedural techniques for treating razor bumps.
Cornstarch use is an age-old way of removing razor bumps and is very effective. A paste made up of Corn starch and water or Corn starch and milk can be used on the skin. This should be ideally kept on the skin overnight for the best results. Using cornstarch on the bikini razor bumps usually completely eliminates them.
Use Needle or Tweezers:
If you observe that your razor bumps have become severe and tend to stay for a long time, you can use a needle for removing or peeling off the skin cover. Alternatively, even tweezers can be used for the same purpose. Removal of skin cover and subsequent cleaning of skin with lukewarm water removes the razor bump. However, make sure that these instruments used are clean and sterilized properly.
Use The Proper Shaving Technique:
Using a wrong shaving technique can also damage your skin causing razor bumps. The basic but very important precautions to be followed while shaving is as follows; shave in the direction of hair growth and not the opposite direction.
Never stretch or pull your skin while shaving and always wash your clean shaved skin with cold water as it helps in closing the pores and moisturize it at the end.
Use Skin Care Products Meant to Reduce Razor Bumps:
There are some marketed products available to reduce razor bumps, especially in the bikini area. These products usually contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide which kills the bacteria and also treats the razor bumps.
Aloe Vera Gel:
Aloe vera gel is obtained from the fresh stem of aloe vera herb. It has a number of benefits and is used in a number of skin care products and beauty products. It can be easily planted in your house-garden in a small pot and is a very low maintenance plant. With respect to razor bumps, aloe vera gel is a very good antibiotic agent and also cools and provides moisture to your skin.
These properties immensely benefit the skin. You can simply apply aloe vera gel on to the skin with razor bumps about 3-4 times a day. This reduces the skin redness, swelling and any sort of infections. If you use aloe vera gel on regular basis you will definitely experience its positive effects.
Cold massage as the name suggests involves massaging with ice cubes. This soothes the skin and provides relief. In addition to relief from itching and burning is also obtained. This effect observed is maximum when the ice bath is applied to the skin just after shaving.
Heat massaging involves heating the razor blade which will be used for shaving the bikini area. Doing this kind of gives a hot massage to the bikini area and also kills the bacteria on the skin. This prevents infection from occurring and spreading further. If you perform this hot massage once daily, you are bound to observe beneficial effects on your razor bumps.
It won’t be any kind of exaggeration if you say vinegar; especially apple cider vinegar will remove razor bumps overnight. Using apple cider vinegar is the best solution for removing these razor bumps. You can also mix a few drops of acetic acid in order to prevent swelling and redness. The correct method of applying vinegar is to put 4-5 drops of apple cider vinegar on a cotton swab and apply it to the affected region;
leave it for a couple of minutes and wash with lukewarm water. For best results use once or twice daily. Preferably clean the area with lukewarm water before applying this vinegar acetic acid solution. However, take precautions that you don’t apply vinegar on broken skin as it can burn and irritate the open skin area.
Wear Soft Cotton Underwear:
Wearing cotton undergarments made of a soft fabric helps your skin in breathing. It also prevents sweat accumulation which indirectly reduces chances of any bacterial infection. Also using soft comfortable innerwear will avoid an occurrence of any rashes or redness.
Bikini area is a very sensitive area and it must be taken care of very gently. Use any of the above-mentioned treatment techniques to get rid of razor bumps in the bikini area. Doing this you can keep the skin in bikini area soft and scar free.
Antibacterial agents are nothing but medicines which kill infection-causing bacteria. The purpose of using antibacterial creams on razor bumps is to reduce infection and the subsequent swelling and redness. Antibacterial agents can either be used as a face wash or a face cream. It is one of the most efficient and effective treatments for razor bumps.
Benzoyl peroxide is one good option as an antibacterial agent and many over the counter medicines containing this agent are available easily. You can talk to a skin specialist for other better options.
Creams to Reduce Inflammation And Swelling:
Mild inflammation usually gets resolved with the help of home remedies like cold massage or using some natural coolant. When the irritation and inflammation start to get severe, your doctor will most probably recommend the use of a topical steroid cream.
These are also called hydrocortisone creams and are very effective in treating razor bumps. These are one of the most utilized treatment options for razor bumps.