How to Heal a Bikini Razor Burn

by Melissa Morang ; Updated September 28, 2017

Never use soap when shaving because it may be harsh on delicate skin and lead to razor burn.

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Razor burn is caused by skin becoming irritated from shaving. The result is a painful, red rash. Shaving in the wrong direction, using a dull razor or not lubricating the skin can contribute to razor burn. A razor burn in the bikini area is especially painful because the skin is so delicate. Don't be alarmed, however; you can heal a bikini razor burn if you treat it carefully and apply ingredients designed to soothe and heal the sensitive skin.

Items you will need

  • Clean washcloth
  • Witch hazel
  • Cotton pad
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Hydrocortisone cream
Step 1

Soothe the bikini area with cold water. Place a cold cloth on the area and hold it against the bikini area for 2 or 3 minutes. Alternatively, take a cool shower and allow the water to run over the bikini area for 2 or 3 minutes.

Step 2

Apply witch hazel to the bikini area. Witch hazel is an astringent that can soothe and cleanse the delicate bikini area without causing pain. Simply pour some witch hazel onto a cotton pad and gently dab the bikini area with the cotton pad.

Step 3

Use an aloe-vera gel on the irritated bikini area. Aloe vera is not only soothing, but may reduce the inflammation to the bikini area. Apply two or three drops to the razor-burned area. Rub the aloe vera gel into the skin in a gentle motion.

Step 4

Apply a hydrocortisone cream to the bikini area. Buy an over-the-counter, 1-percent cream and place a couple of drops on the bikini area. Rub the area gently so that the hydrocortisone is absorbed. Apply the cream twice a day for 2 to 3 days. Always follow the directions on the label. The hydrocortisone will relieve the redness and pain.

Step 5

Wear loose underwear and clothing. Tight clothes may chafe the bikini area and cause more redness and irritation. Wear loose clothing for at least a day or two so that the bikini area can heal.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Melissa Morang began writing professionally in 2002. She has created sales scripts for telemarketing companies and contributes to online publications. Morang has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Minnesota.