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How to stop rashes after shaving bikini area & legs

Updated April 17, 2017

Shaving is a quick and convenient way to whisk away hairs on areas such as the legs and bikini line. However, shaving can trigger the appearance of an itchy and lumpy skin rash caused by ingrowing hairs. Ingrown hairs look unsightly and if infection develops, they can become painful. There is greater risk of shaving rash when you shave areas like the pubic region because curly hairs are more prone to growing inwards and causing irritation. Shaving rashes might also appear on areas like the legs, particularly if your shaving technique isn't very good, or are using shaving products that further irritate sensitive or inflamed skin.

Bikini area

Trim hairs around the pubic area and bikini line using nail scissors. Bathe the area with warm water to soften the hairs, and then apply shaving foam to cover the area with lather.

Shave off hairs by starting at a point where they appear just above the skin and follow through in the direction of hair growth. Rinse the razor in fresh water after each stroke to remove hairs from the blade.

Rinse the pubic area using warm water and then pat the skin dry using a soft towel. Gently massage in an unperfumed cream or apply a cooling gel, such as aloe vera gel, to moisturise and soothe the skin.

Legs

Wet the skin on your legs and apply a exfoliant cream, such as a facial scrub, to the entire leg area. Gently massage the exfoliant into the skin to remove dead skin cells and provide a smooth area for shaving.

Rinse off the exfoliant using warm water. While your legs are still wet, apply shaving foam so that it covers all areas of skin that you wish to shave.

Shave off hairs in the direction of hair growth. Rinse the razor after each each stroke to remove hairs from the blade.

Rinse the legs with warm water and then pat them dry using a soft towel. Apply unperfumed body lotion to moisturise and soothe the skin.

Tip

If you prefer to use a disposable razor, choose a new one each time you shave.

Use single-blade razors to avoid a shave that is too close.

Warning

Avoid double-blade or triple-blade razors as they provide a shave that is too close to the skin, which increases the risk of ingrown hairs.

Avoid pulling on the skin to achieve a close shave as it causes hairs to emerge from their follicles. Once shaved, the cut hairs then retract into the follicle at an angle that causes them to grow inwards and towards the follicle wall.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Shaving foam
  • Razor
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Exfoliant cream
  • Body lotion
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About the Author

Mother of three and graduate of the London Metropolitan University, Julie Vickers is an early years teacher and writer who also loves to craft and create! She writes on topics such as education, health and parenting for websites such as School Explained and has contributed learning sessions on child development and behavior for the Education Information and Learning Services website.