Razor bumps, known as folliculitis, are caused when your razor picks up bacteria that lives in the bikini area and deposits it elsewhere on freshly shaved skin. Razor bumps are painful, irritating and often put the brakes on wearing a new bathing suit or being intimate. By taking certain measures, you can remove unwanted pubic hair without getting razor bumps. Practicing good hygiene will help you keep the skin in your bikini area smooth and free of razor bumps.
Wash your pubic area with an antibacterial soap to remove bacteria.
Apply a liberal amount of shaving cream to the areas you want to shave. Allow the shaving cream to sit on your pubic hair for a few minutes to soften and lift the hair away from the skin.
Shave with the direction of the hair growth while pulling your skin tight with the other hand.
Wash your bikini area again with antibacterial soap and a washcloth to ensure no bacteria is left to irritate your skin. Using a washcloth helps slough off dead skin that can trap and cause ingrown hairs. Towel dry your skin.
Wet a cotton ball with witch hazel and dab the astringent on your shaved skin. The witch hazel soothes the skin and prevents irritation from shaving.
Place a dab of hydrocortisone cream on any razor bumps as you see them form. The hydrocortisone will reduce irritation and redness.
Try a depilatory or wax removal if shaving continually causes skin irritation.
Bacteria live in warm, moist places such as the pubic region. Practice good hygiene to keep skin-irritating bacteria at bay.