How to prevent hair bumps when shaving pubic hair

Updated November 21, 2016

Hair bumps are generally caused by curly hair that grows out, turns around and grows back into the skin or by ingrown hairs. Ingrown hairs happen when the pubic hair is cut lower than the surface of the skin. Many people are interested in getting the closest, smoothest shave possible. However, this often results in cutting the hairs shorter than the surface of the skin, which causes ingrown hairs in some people. If you are prone to ingrown hairs in the pubic area, you should not follow this trend. Instead, follow shaving techniques that will reduce these itchy, painful bumps for a more comfortable shave in the pubic area.

Choose a shaving gel. Purchase the most mild shaving gel you can find. This will often be an unscented gel meant for females.

Purchase a razor with a single blade. Multiple blades often cut the pubic hair below the level of the skin, which contributes to hair bumps. Replace your razor at least every 10 days.

Trim your pubic hair as short as possible with the hair-cutting scissors.

Soak in a warm bath for at least five minutes before shaving, according to Dr. Craig Kraffert of Redding Dermatology Medical Group Inc.

Apply generous amounts of shaving gel in the direction opposite pubic hair growth. This helps moisturise the skin underneath the hair.

Shave with short, downward strokes. When shaving the pubic area, these downward strokes will be in the direction of the hair growth, which reduces tugging on the hairs and prevents cutting the pubic hairs too short. Avoid shaving the same spot more than once.

Leave the pubic skin relaxed when shaving. This helps prevent cutting the hairs too short.

Gently exfoliate the pubic area with the loofah sponge after shaving.

Apply baby oil to your freshly shaved pubic area to moisturise the skin. Avoid getting the baby oil inside the genitals.

Exfoliate the pubic area between shavings.

Things You'll Need

  • Shaving gel
  • Razor
  • Hair-cutting scissors
  • Warm bath
  • Loofah sponge
  • Baby oil
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Crystal Bench is a senior studying applied mathematics at Brigham Young University, Idaho. Along with her Bachelor of Arts, she has clusters in French, 3-D art, and physical science. Bench is also an avid writer, with work ranging from short stories to nonfiction pieces of many kinds, and even a few forays into poetry.