When summer hits, so does bikini season. For some, this means preparing your skin by exfoliating, going in for a spray tan, using moisturizing treatments and figuring out the best way to get rid of unwanted body hair. If you decide to wax or shave your bikini line, red bumps may occur. Clear up red bumps on your bikini line to reveal healthy-looking, smooth skin and hit the beach without any hesitation.
Get an understanding of why the red bumps are present. The technical term for these unsightly bumps is pseudofolliculitis pubis. After you shave and the hair begins to grow back, it can curve sharply and grow back into the skin near the hair follicle.When you keep shaving this same area, the skin becomes aggravated and more red bumps occur.
Use hot water when bathing, showering or shaving. Hot water opens the pores so that you can keep the entire area clean.
Apply a gentle exfoliating and antibacterial soap to your bikini line. Washing the area regularly keep your bikini line free of dirt and oils that can cause the area to get infected and produce red bumps. Rinse with cool water and pat the area dry with a clean towel; don't rub so you don't further irritate your skin.
Apply a delicate-skin moisturizer or a post-shaving skin product to the area twice a day. Refrain from shaving again until the bumps have healed.
Pull the skin taut the next time you shave and make sure your razor is sharp. Shave with the grain of the hair and avoid going over the same spot multiple times.
- Wear comfortable underwear that does not rub again your bikini line.
- Rinse your razor after each swipe.
- Dab a small amount of hydrocortisone cream to the bikini area if the bumps are itchy.
Based in Los Angeles, Lisa Finn has been writing professionally for 20 years. Her print and online articles appear in magazines and websites such as "Spa Magazine," "L.A. Parent," "Business," the Famous Footwear blog and many others. She also ghostwrites for mompreneurs and business owners who appear regularly on shows such as Ricki Lake, HGTV, Carson Daly and The Today Show.