One of the questions I was asked to address was the appearance of unsightly razor bumps "down there". First off it's a lot more than unsightly, those little buggers hurt! Also depending upon whether you just do some bikini line shaving and shaping or make it a habit to bare all down there you could have those bumps in some interesting places.
Short of telling you to go wax there is really no way to guarantee that the bumps won't occur- the good thing is that no matter what method of hair removal you use down there there's a good chance that you'll have some sort of irritation, pain and even unsightly swelling, redness, rash or bumps. Well, not really a good thing, but at least it's not all because you choose to shave instead of using another method.
But there are things you can do to prevent razor rash, razor bumps, infection and other issues when you wield your blade down below.
1. Exfoliate the area thoroughly before you shave. Sugar scrubs or other exfoliation products will remove dead skin, soften rough patches and help make sure that when you shave you're scraping off hair and not skin.
2. Use a rich shave cream to fully lather the area and try not to shave while the shower is running. Turn the water off or step out of the stream before you begin shaving to avoid rinsing away the protection that the shave cream offers to your tender bits! Coochy brand rash free shave cream is wonderful for down there hair removal.
3. Use a brand new razor and shave against the grain using as few strokes as possible. The more times you go over the area the more likely you are to have skin irritation and nicks.
4. Rinse well and pat the area dry before applying 100% aloe vera gel and allowing it to air dry. Aloe vera soothes and helps reduce swelling, irritation and even bacteria.
5. Apply body powder before putting on your underwear and getting dressed to reduce friction or chafing on the sensitive area you've just scraped the hair from using a sharp razor blade. (See there's nothing pretty about down there grooming for women! It's vicious stuff!)
If you feel bumps or irritation the day after shaving wash the area with lukewarm water, apply aloe vera gel and avoid clothing that rubs.
Ingrown hairs are the cause of many razor bumps and bikini line breakouts. Exfoliating regularly will help prevent these from occurring. While shaving down there may seem like a lot of hassle and a pain in the butt at times- once you become used to it, you'll find that the bumps and irritation happen much less often, and to tell the truth it's a loss less painful than waxing.
My name is Suz and I'm just an everyday woman who is trying to figure out when exactly I turned old. I'm not a doctor or an expert- what I am is a woman who wants to know for myself and to share what I learn with other women.