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Take Care of Your Bikini Line

Everyone has a certain way that they deal with their bikini line. Whether you shave or wax, there's something we all have to deal with - IRRITATION!

Nobody talks much about how to take care of your bikini line once the hair is removed, but we all get itchy or painful red bumps. When the hair grows back, since it's curly and course, it can get stuck underneath the first few layers of your skin, causing ingrown hairs.

Here's how to prevent them:

  • Gently exfoliate daily - Get yourself a pair of loofah gloves, lather up with some moisturizing soap, and gently scrub your bikini line. They've got a rough texture to get rid of dead skin cells, but they're gentle enough to use every day. My fave are from The Body Shop ($7.00) because they have a little loop on each glove so you can hang them in the shower.
  • Wear loose-fitting undies - If the elastic on your underwear is making indentations on your skin, than it's way too tight. All that rubbing will irritate your sensitive skin, and cause more ingrown hairs.

Fit's Tips: Sometimes you may need to help get rid of an ingrown hair if it becomes too painful. Sterilize a pair of tweezers with some rubbing alcohol, and pluck the hair out. Wipe the area with some alcohol afterwards.

Do you all have any tips to share on this one? Let me know in the comments below.


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vinay2080 vinay2080 9 years
In my personal experience I would go for a costly razor with huge amount of gel while shaving, rather for a painful process of waxing. While searching for hair information I found this site which helped me to find out treatment centers and specialists.
Delish Delish 10 years
A long time ago, I read that a good way to prevent bumps was to use creamy, unscented deoderant on the bikini area. I used to use Secret's Unscented click deoderants - the ones that have a little cream come out of three squiggles at the top. But either they stopped making them or the stores around my house stopped selling them. So I bought the Bikini Zone gel and it seems to be ok.
Emmilino Emmilino 10 years
HELP! So I got a Brazilian bikini wax yesterday and didn't take any preventive measures, and didn't do anything to the area the night of, but I woke up this morning with the worst irritation bumps YOUVE EVER SEEN!! Kay, so maybe I am overreacting, but is there anything I can do now to make them disappear faster?? Thanks!
Miss-Fritzie Miss-Fritzie 10 years
Tend Skin is the greatest! I struggled with this issue my entire life til I found it. Costs 20$ but lasts a really long time.
chatoyante chatoyante 10 years
I wish I could wax, with my student budget! Shaving is OK, though; I found that certain kinds of razors work better for this than others. I use a Trac II-type one (with tons of shave gel) and it works great, but when I used my Intuition razor the skin got itchy and red afterwards--surprising. Electric razors can sometimes be less irritating to sensitive skin though the shave is usually less close.
SU3 SU3 10 years
whaaa? I'd like to know who experiences no pain when getting waxed! I've heard of many alternatives that you can use such as Vitamin E Oil, aloe, and witch hazel. Baby powder also works well afterwards.
pixelhaze pixelhaze 10 years
It depends on your waxer too. I've had the same one all my life, and the few times I've had to do it somewhere else it doesn't turn out too well. She explained to me that each waxer is different and some don't really "click" with you because everyone's hair grows slightly differently. I believe her exact words were "My hand isn't right for everyone." You should "shop around" so to speak until you get one that's good for you. I tried laser and couldn't handle it. Some people experience no pain. I am not one of those people.
Designgirl Designgirl 10 years
Schick Intuition razors are awesome, bc they already come with a moisturizer. I exfoliate, then put hair conditioner (to soften up the hairs), let it sit for a few minutes, then shave. Afterwards, I just use Bikini Zone-it completely got rid of the bumps-and my skin is EXTREMELY sensitive. The only time I've ever had ingrown hairs is after a waxing, so I'm pretty apprehensive about doing it again, unless I can find a really good technician.
BethS BethS 10 years
I have extremely sensitive skin and for most of my post-pubescent life have had to wear boy short bikini's because of the irritation. I tried everything, literally every product on the market, but the only thing that worked for me in terms of ingrowns and irritation was laser hair removal. It was pricey, took some time and was painful towards the last sessions, but it's been 2 years now and I have hardly had to shave my bikini line at all. I did it on my underarms too, and while I do have hair there still, it comes in a lot thinner and lighter.
amandaaa amandaaa 10 years
i got these bikini line bump pads from Sally Hansen..."medicated ZERO BUMPS pads for bikini and underarm" in a blue bottle. a bunch of little pads that smell intensely of alcohol. it reminds me of seagram's espresso vodka. but anyway! i've only used it once. this may be a stupid question but...what IS the bikini line, anyway? what does it consist of?
susanec susanec 10 years
Paula Begoun (who wrote Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me)has the best AHA and BHA gels and lotions on her website, no one else has them in inviduals products like that but they really work.
lawyerjenn lawyerjenn 10 years
if you get waxed, your "hair removal technician" (seriously what is their job title?) should have a cream to help reduce irritation. my lady always puts this stuff on the skin immediately after the waxing and sends me home with a little tub of it for the next day to apply after showering. I've never once had an ingrown hair or irritation since I started working with her. I wish I knew what the product was but it is totally a miracle. My waxer before her did nothing and the skin was irritated every time for a week.
wiggle wiggle 10 years
When I was waxed at benefit they gave me a sample of Sandal Scandal, it has some adic in it and is made to make you feet nice looking for sandal time. But i works on the bikin line to keep the skin from growing over the hair and making those ingrown haris. It seems odd to put something on the bikini line that you would also put on your feet. BUt is works.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 10 years
YES, pinkgirl that is EXACTLY what I just thought!!!!
look-its-cath look-its-cath 10 years
Salicylic acid astringent to keep the pores clear (just steer clear of the delicate regions) and aloe vera for soothing irritated skin.
ash_marisa ash_marisa 10 years
I exfoliate daily and apply my regular face moisturizer (sparingly) as well (the day I shave and maybe the day after....don't want to waste it)
Pinkgirl88 Pinkgirl88 10 years
forget the bakini line- i want that girl's abs :)
CestLaVie CestLaVie 10 years
facin8me- funny! But true if you think about it :)
StefaPie StefaPie 10 years
i use my regular moisturizer after i shave, it's the best thing i've found so far to prevent razor bumps and ingrown hairs
facin8me facin8me 10 years
I use a product called Tend Skin. It helps with skin turnover so you don't get so many ingrowns or irritation. You can get it at Sephora and a bottle of it lasts a long time. I read awhile ago that many porn stars use it- and I figure that if anybody knows hair removal in the nether regions, it's them.
riva riva 10 years
I put on some baby powder directly after shaving, that helps me preventing any red bumps and my skin is extremely sensitive.
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