How to get rid of razor bumps in the pubic area

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How to get rid of razor bumps in the pubic area
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Razor bumps can be painful and unsightly. Both men and women can experience razor bumps in their pubic areas. Since the pubic region is not regularly exposed to open air, it's common for sweat, excess oil and bacteria to reside there, worsening razor bumps. If you have razor bumps in your pubic area, you can get rid of them. You can also take steps to avoid getting razor bumps in the future.

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Things you need

  • Antibacterial cleanser
  • Razor
  • Hot compress
  • Shaving gel
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Cotton underwear
  • Body scrub
  • Loofah

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    Cleanse your pubic area with an antibacterial cleanser. Shaving opens your pores. If bacteria gets into your open pores, it can cause and exacerbate razor bumps. Keep the area free from bacteria and sweat, and you'll notice your razor bumps improve quickly.

  2. 2

    Use a new razor every two to three shaves. Old razors often develop bacteria-ridden, dull blades. If the blade isn't sharp, it will pull on the hair, irritating your skin and leading to razor bumps. Since pubic hair tends to be coarse and dense, it will wear down razor blades more quickly than hair on other areas of the body.

  3. 3

    Apply a hot compress to your razor bumps. Soak a washcloth in hot water. Hold it on your razor bumps for five to 10 minutes. The heat will reduce swelling and remove bacteria that can exacerbate your razor bumps.

  4. 4

    Shave in the direction of the hairs' growth. If you shave against the grain, you will be more likely to experience razor bumps because the hair is pulling against the skin while it's being cut.

  5. 5

    Spread shaving gel over your pubic area prior to shaving. If you shave without lubrication, you are much more susceptible to razor bumps. Shaving gel allows the razor to glide seamlessly over your skin's surface.

  6. 6

    Apply hydrocortisone cream to your razor bumps. Hydrocortisone cream soothes irritated skin. With regular application, the cream will reduce redness and inflammation in your razor bumps.

  7. 7

    Dip a cotton ball in witch hazel and apply it to your razor bumps. Witch hazel works as a natural treatment to calm irritated skin. You can find it in most grocery stores.

  8. 8

    Wear cotton underwear. If you wear underwear made from synthetic materials, your skin can't breathe properly. This means that bacteria and sweat can be trapped next to your skin, exacerbating your razor bumps.

  9. 9

    Exfoliate your pubic area twice weekly. Use a loofah and body scrub to slough away dead skin cells on the skin's surface. With regular exfoliation, your razor bumps will decrease.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not scratch or pick at your razor bumps. Doing so will make them worse.

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