How to Avoid Razor Bumps in the Bikini Area

by Mary Ylisela

When warm weather arrives and you're ready to head to the beach in your bikini, the last thing you want sticking out of the edges of your bikini bottom is unsightly red razor bumps. Razor bumps show up as a result of razor burn, a type of skin irritation caused by improper shaving of the bikini area. Razor bumps not only look unattractive, they can be itchy and painful, too.

Items you will need

  • Shaving cream with aloe
  • Razor
  • Moisturizing body lotion
  • 1 percent hydrocortisone cream
Step 1

Wash your hair and body or just relax in the hot water of the bath or shower for a few minutes before shaving your bikini area. The hot water softens your skin, makes your pubic hair stand up and opens pores. All these make it easier on your skin when you shave your bikini area.

Step 2

Apply a shaving cream containing soothing aloe vera to your bikini area. Allow the shaving cream to sit on your hair for a few minutes to soften the hair, making it easier to shave.

Step 3

Shave with the direction of your hair growth, which would be in a downward motion. Shaving against the growth of hair is irritating to skin.

Step 4

Use a moisturizing body lotion after you shave your bikini area. Keeping the skin moist helps prevent skin irritation caused by shaving.

Step 5

Dab a 1 percent hydrocortisone cream on the site of any razor bumps on your bikini area. The cortisone will soothe your skin and reduce the bumps and redness caused by razor burn.


  • A bikini wax removes hair on your bikini line and prevents immediate regrowth. If shaving causes constant irritation to the bikini area, try an at-home wax or salon bikini wax.


  • Shaving with soap and a razor is fine in a pinch, but soap doesn't add moisture to your skin, which helps reduce skin irritation from shaving.

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About the Author

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.