Some women prefer the smooth, clean look of a shaved vaginal area. This practice is not new — it dates back to ancient Egyptian times. Shaving your pubic area is also helpful in the summer months if you plan on wearing a bathing suit.
Since the skin in this area is quite sensitive, razor burn can be a problem. Bumps on the skin can ruin the aesthetic effect of shaving. Fortunately, there are ways you can get rid of razor bumps and maintain a smooth bikini line.
Things You'll Need
New razor or razor blades
Step 1: Use Shaving Gel
Apply a shaving gel to the pubic area before shaving, instead of using shaving cream. Shaving cream can clog the skin’s pores, which can increase the likelihood of bumps.
Step 2: Break Out a New Razor
Inspect your razor to make sure that it is clean and sharp. If in doubt, discard the razor and get a fresh one.
Step 3: Don't Shave "Against the Grain"
Shave in the direction of the hair growth, rather than shaving “against the grain.” This will help keep the hair from being pushed back into the skin, which can cause inflamed bumps and ingrown hairs.
Step 4: Change Your Shaving Frequency
Reduce your shaving frequency. The more often you shave your vaginal area, the more chances your skin has to become irritated.
Step 5: Take a Warm Bath
Step 6: Apply Ointments or Creams
Apply aloe vera, hydrocortisone cream or a combination of both to the vaginal area twice a day to soothe irritated skin and eliminate bumps.
Keep shaving gel and cortisone cream away from direct contact with the vagina as these products can irritate vaginal tissues.
Step 7: Pay Attention to Clothing Choices
Wear loose-fitting underwear and pants after shaving. Tight jeans and underwear can rub against the vaginal area, irritating the surface of the skin and making razor burn symptoms worse.
If the symptoms associated with razor burn including bumps, ingrown hairs, folliculitis, pimples, itching and general irritation do not go away after a week of at-home treatment, please seek the help of a medical professional.