How to Avoid Getting Bumps While Shaving Your Bikini Area?
So often you see bumps or rashes over the groin area after shaving it. Why do these occur? There are reasons why some of us get them and others don’t.
These lesions are commonly called razor bumps. They are red. May itch or burn.
Let’s know why they happen and every precaution that can be taken to prevent them.
Shaving May Give You Bumps
If not properly done, shaving the pubic area may give you one of the following problems-
- Razor bumps
- Ingrown hair
It is quite common that you get bumps after shaving. These are called razor bumps. This happens when your razor isn’t very sharp, or may be the skin you are about to shave is not properly stretched.
When shaving is a bit painful and you actually feel some friction while you move the razor, get prepared that you’ll get bumps this time.
For a bump free shaving, your razor should move smooth, without any pain or discomfort.
How to Prevent Bumps on Genital Area When You Shave?
- First of all, you need to prepare the skin to be shaved. It should be soft, ready.
- If the hair are long, first trim them with a scissor to make them short.
- Next, wash the area with warm water. This would soften it.
- Dab dry. Next, use a shaving cream, preferably non-alcoholic. Spread it over the area to be shaved. This softens the hair and makes shaving easier.
- Now your skin is ready to be shaved.
- Take a new (disposable) sharp razor for the purpose. No blunt blades to be used here. They would give you razor bumps.
- Stretch the skin properly while shaving. Shaving should be painless. Any pain indicates that there is some fault in the way it is being done.
- Shave in the direction of hair growth, not opposite to it. This would mean that your razor moves in downward direction.
- Shaving in the counter direction is more likely to irritate your skin and give bumps or rashes.
- After you shave, a cool water wash of the area is suggested.
- Put some non- alcoholic moisturizing cream on the area after shaving. You may use a soothing one, like those containing aloe vera, or any of your choice. After shave lotions may also be used.
Occurrence of a rash anywhere over the skin area indicates local irritation at that site. It could either be a razor rash or an allergic rash.
You get a razor rash if-
- A dull razor blade is used.
- Skin not adequately stretched.
- When you shave opposite to the direction of hair growth.
- If you press too much while you shave, you may get rashes. Avoid a close shave.
Allergy to some product being used during shaving, like the shaving foam or gel, may give you a burning sensation there. You may see tiny red rashes over the affected area.
If a hair coming out of a hair follicle curls around to go inside the skin, instead of appearing out from the skin surface, it is called an ingrown hair.
They present as firm to hard bumps over the skin surface. The curled hair may or may not be seen inside.
How Does Shaving Cause an Ingrown Hair?
When you shave an area, the tiny hair left may curl and grow inside the skin. This may give rise to ingrown hair.
Actually, as we move the razor over our skin, we press upon the hair, bringing them close to the skin and sort of bending them downwards, towards the skin. The better we stretch our skin during the procedure, lesser are the chances of getting it.
Razor bumps may be left as such. Do not try to pop or press them. This will only infect them.
These bumps gradually regress to disappear on their own. You may apply an emollient to soothe the affected skin area. Avoid shaving till the area is absolutely alright.
For allergic rashes, immediately stop using the product causing reaction. You may need an anti allergic ointment, if the reaction is very severe.
They are managed by softening the skin out there and taking out the hair with the help of a sterile tweezer.
For this, soak a wash cloth in warm water and keep it over the lesion for 2 minutes. You will notice that the skin softens. Now, tweeze out the hair gently.
Do not forcibly take out the hair. If the hair is deep or is not coming out easily, it’s better to leave it at that moment.
Too much of tweezing may infect the hair follicle and complicate the situation.