How To Shave Your Bikini Line and Avoid Nasty Bumps

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Tips on how to shave your bikini line

I can’t think of anything more embarrassing than being on vacation and having those nasty little bikini bumps hanging out near my nether region.

I’m sure most, if not all of you have experienced this before. An ill-prepped bikini shave or a brazilian-wax-gone-wrong and it left you feeling red and raw.

With beach season on the horizon (hopefully….come onnnnn Canada!), I’m going to teach you how to shave your bikini line in a way that helps you avoid those annoying bumps, as well as share a few shaving and waxing tips with you so your lady parts are looking their best in those brand new bikini bottoms!

Preventing Pseudofolliculitis Barbae

Pseudofolliculitis barbae is a fancy term for what happens when your skin becomes irritated because of shaving or waxing. For irritation-free results, try these tips:

Scrub – prepping your skin before shaving is important. Use an antibacterial soap to rid your skin of germs in the area. Gently exfoliate to create a smooth surface too. The smoother the skin, the sleeker the shave.

Soak – soaking in or under warm water will help soften your hair. Give yourself somewhere between 3-5 minutes for best results.

Spume – Soap isn’t really gonna get the job done, so for goodness sakes, invest $4 on some shaving gel or cream. The moisturizer in the gel or cream will prevent irritation and inflammation.

Shave – Ingrown hairs are neither a good look, nor a good feeling so let’s go with the grain here. Using a sharp razor, shave in the direction of hair growth and avoid going over the same area repeatedly. This will only cause unnecessary irritation.

Splash – Once you’re all bare, splash yourself with cool water then pat dry. Applying a post-shaving product will further reduce your likelihood of bumps.

Bearing with a Botched Job

Sometimes a botched brazilian can’t be avoided, so if this happens to you here are the best tips on how to get rid of bikini line bumps:

Let it Grow – Further shaving or waxing will only increase  your chances of ingrowns, bumps and skin lesions. This can leave you vulnerable to infection. Ew!

Stop Scratching – Not only is scratching your pubic area unbecoming of a lady, it is unsettling for your friends and family to watch. So, STOP! Besides, scratching off the bumps will cause scarring and again, leave you vulnerable to infection.

Lube Up – Not that kinda lube! *blush* Probably the most effective and soothing treatment for how to get rid of bikini line bumps, is to rub in a little antibacterial cream like Neosporin or Polysporin. Not only will they reduce the itch factor, but they will keep bacteria at bay.

Something to Think About

I vividly remember having my first conversation about pubic hair removal when I was in grade 8. I remember being traumatized by the very idea and not at all understanding why it was necessary.

I understand that ladyscaping is a necessary evil once you hit a certain age. After all, no one wants to see the Amazon jungle where there should be a groomed beach.

Regardless, there are a few things we often forget to consider when it comes to learning how to shave your bikini line and dealing with that particular part of our body in general.

Our pubic region is one of the most sensitive and susceptible parts of our body. By removing the hair we are actually increasing our risk of viral skin infections like molluscum contagiosum. This pox virus is contagious and can lead to warts, cysts, scarring and folliculitis. Yikes!

We’re all gonna do, what we’re gonna do, so all I’m suggesting is that you take precautions. Use a new shaver, go to a clean salon, follow my tips and tricks on how to shave your bikini line and keep your southern bell from going through hell! Aren’t I a little poet today!

Have you got a traumatic shaving or waxing story to share? Perhaps you have a few preventative tricks of your own, give a care and share, won’t you?

Again with the rhyming!

16 comments… add one

  • I have found buying home made goat milk soap from the farmers market is a great shaving cream. I have used many “bump” items, from ‘coochy’ to discount items at the dollar store *heck, sometimes you find a good working product by chance* and none of them have been as great or as smooth as goat milk soap. I buy the vanilla-sandalwood fragrance as it highlights my fav perfume, there are lots of scents available. I am sure there are places close to just about anyone to get these wonderful bars of clean rinsing, creamy lathering, and polished looking soaps. I get mine from “Norton’s Naturals” I get a 4oz bar for $5, stock up during the summer months to get me through the winter… even though we have discussed I can e-mail them and when they are in town they’ll bring me what I ask for, I shrug at being a bother. Although I am sure they are grateful for the shout out I just gave them. (I have had really bad ingrown hairs, doctor removed type, and since using this as a shaving cream I have had no problems.. I didn’t want to tell anyone that, yet.. I’ve heard some horror stories of bleeding, etc from a rash and would sacrifice my ego to help.) Best wishes to all !.

  • Nice tip Michele! I’ve never heard of goat milk soap but happy to hear it’s been working wonders for you :-)

  • Oh wow, never would have thought to try Goat’s Milk. Thanks for that Michele. Will be sure to give it a try sometime. Cheers!

  • I wonder if you could use Vaseline as well?… As a sub for shaving cream.

  • Hmmmm maybe but I would be worried that it would junk up your razor because it’s quite greasy :)

  • Vaseline would be to thick (couldn’t think of a better word to describe it), most likely it would clog up your razor and you’d have to use something to scrape the Vaseline off, or dip your razor in boiling water

  • If you do end up with a painful and/or itchy rash, try Desitin diaper rash cream! It is VERY soothing if you don’t mind being VERY WHITE for comfort’s sake. Who’s going to bare their bikini bumps anyway?

  • True. I like to hide my bikini bumps until they disappear! Ick.

  • I find that if I remain naked for about an hour after shaving, I don’t get bumps.
    Unfortunately, an hour to spend idly and nude is hard to find

  • Wouldn’t it be nice if an hour in the buff was more than acceptable? Lol!
    I’m such a nudist….that being said, I found applying straight Witch Hazel to my recently shaved bits worked the absolute best.

  • I have started to apply a layer of hydrocortisone cream to my bikini area. After getting out of the shower and gently pat drying, apply a layer of the cream and then shore it to air dry before putting clothes on. I have super sensitive skin, so the topical cream meant for anti-itch, anti-swelling and anti-redness is the best solution I have found. You can get it in a local pharmacy. No need for a prescription and the generic brand usually runs at about four or five dollars.

  • Finally someone who understands that it’s ok to leave a little hair down there. So many people think there can’t be even one hair, but I try telling people you can get infections by shaving it all. And I’ll have to try the scrub and soak

  • There is a product called Coochy that you can get from Pure Romance. They even have an after spray. It’s the best I have found.

  • Wicked – thanks for sharing. Always on the lookout for a good product!

  • I have found that if you put a swipe of deodorant on the area after shaving and patting dry it helps prevent bumps and irritation

  • Thanks for the tip!


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