How To Get Rid Of Razor Bumps On Bikini Area

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.

6. Shave in the same direction your hair grows.

This helps prevent ingrown hairs, and may help stave off those red bumps of irritation.

7. Glide the razor gently over your skin; resist the urge to press down on it as you shave.

Let the blades do the work! (This is why you need to use sharp blades, and replace them when they dull. More on that in a second).

Putting pressure on your skin just opens another door for irritation. To get a closer shave using this technique, you can gently pull your skin taut before shaving.

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