After shaving the bikini area, many women suffer from a condition known as pseudofolliculitis barbae, or ingrown hairs. These unsightly bumps occur when the hair shaft curls and re-enters the skin after shaving. The ingrown hairs can at the very least be unsightly and embarrassing. In some cases, the bumps can become inflamed and infected. It is possible to cure these bumps along the bikini line to make the area smooth and clear.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Aloe Vera
- 1 per cent hydrocortisone cream
Shave after bathing or in the shower. The moisture will soften the hairs, causing them to stand up. This hair is then less likely to become ingrown.
Rub aloe Vera lotion or gel onto the affected area. This will help soothe the pain and discomfort caused by ingrown hairs.
Cover the area plagued by razor bumps with 1 per cent hydrocortizone cream one to two times per day. This will help soothe the area and reduce the redness associated with razor bumps.
Take a warm bath. The warm water will help relieve the pain, itching and burning caused by ingrown hairs.
Exfoliate the skin with a facial or body exfoliating scrub. Rinse the scrub after it is used. This will help lift the hair from the skin, which will help prevent razor bumps from occurring.
Keep the area that is affected by the razor burns clean and dry. Moisture will exacerbate the pain and irritation and may cause an infection to develop.
Avoid shaving for two months. This time period will allow the bikini area time to heal.
Tips and warnings
- Prevent ingrown hairs by shaving in the direction of the hair growth and by using a sharp razor each time the bikini area is shaved.
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