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How To Prevent Bumps From Shaving Bikini Line

How to Prevent Red Bumps in the Bikini Area

During bikini season, nobody wants to deal with red, splotchy bumps caused by shaving. But the good news is that these bumps, aka pseudofolliculitis barbae, can be avoided. If you're looking for smooth skin with irritation-free results, we've got the answers. Check them out when you


  1. Before breaking out the razor, wash skin with a gentle antibacterial soap to keep germs at bay, exfoliating with a washcloth to create a smooth surface.
  2. Before shaving, rinse or soak in warm water for several minutes to soften the hair.
  3. Next, apply a conditioning shaving gel or cream to the area, such as Skintimate Moisturizing Shave Gel in Soothing Lavender ($3.50) or Bikini Zone Anti-Irritation Shave Gel ($4.30).
  4. It should go without saying, but dull blades make for bumpy results. Always use a sharp razor. I like Gillette Venus Divine Razor For Women ($11).
  5. Shaving tips: While you can shave in the opposite direction of hair growth, if you are prone to ingrowns, go with the grain. Try not to go over the same area multiple times or shave each day, as this can cause unnecessary irritation. Also, rinse the razor after each swipe to prevent clogging, and pull the skin taut to get a nice, close shave.
  6. Splash on some cool water when you are done, and pat dry with a towel. For added protection against bumps, apply a postshaving product to reduce inflammation, like Tend Skin ($16) or Bikini Zone Anti-Bumps, Medicated Bikini Pads ($8).

What are your favorite tips?


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Ladytron7000 Ladytron7000 8 years
Exfoliation (before and after with a toner) prevents ingrowns and hydrocortisone cream does the trick to prevent inflammation and redness.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
When I'm done shaving I rub St Ives moisturizer on the area and let it sit for a few mins before I put anything over the area. (I do this for my bikini and arm pits). I have to let it sink in otherwise my socks or underwear irritates the skin and I end up with terrible rashes.
Advah Advah 8 years
Thanks for the vaseline, Tend Skin and deodorant (why, though?) advice! I was about to ask for advice with waxing since I don't shave.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
Two words: Tend Skin. Most amazing product ever.
kelsea1102 kelsea1102 8 years
I agree with the deodorant. However, I use the Dove solid because it is a moisturizing formula. It still goes on clear.
fishbulb fishbulb 8 years
After shaving, many strippers rub clear deodorant on their bikini line. They usually have perfect bikini lines, so I'm going to start taking their advice. My undergarments usually irritate the skin after waxing/shaving.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I get waxed. Moisturizing with vaseline and regular exfoliating helps me.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
I use Nair or whatever cream and still get these bumps. At my ripe ol' age I've tried it all and not much works except going with out undies and that ain't happening.
emososays17 emososays17 8 years
some witch hazel on a cotton ball helps me, as well as regularly exfoliating the area
sonya-ina sonya-ina 8 years
Great advice! I love Tend Skin.
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