Shaving rash can be very irritating and quite bothersome if not dealt with in time; it manifests itself as reddish bumpy rashes which may turn black and scaly in severe cases.
It is a common problem during the shaving of pubic and bikini line hairs. Luckily, there are various measures you can take to get rid of shaving rash, especially on your bikini line. The first thing however is to understand what causes shaving rash. There are three main causes; drying, bacteria and ingrown hair.
Just like when shaving any other part of your body, legs, armpits, head whichever, you can get a razor burn or rash when you shave your bikini line without sufficient moisture on your skin. While some people can dry-shave without any rashes resulting, dry-shaving can severely affect other people causing severe rashes
Solutions-the first alternative is to apply moisturizing oil or baby powder after shaving. Be sure to choose the oil or baby powder with talc. Alternatively, use moisturizing oils if you have a sensitive skin. Preferably, use natural lotions to avoid exposure of the sensitive bikini skin area to numerous chemicals as this also may worsen the problem.
The lotions can be applied both before and after shower. Avoid scented products as this may cause irritation to some sensitive skins.
Naturally, you do have a lot of bacteria existing on your skin, worse still, there is even more around your bikini line area. Bacteria are the commonest cause of rash around your bikini line area after shaving as far as bacteriology is concerned.
When you are shaving your bikini line, the razor picks up bacteria from your skin and drags it into the hair follicles. The hair follicles infected, then develop into a rash.
Solution- first thing is to ensure that you clean the area using an antibacterial soap before shaving and after shaving. Alternatively, shave your bikini line hair after a shower, when your skin is warm and moisturized.
You may also precede the shaving by applying any antibacterial shaving scream preferably those formulated for softer skins. Be sure to thoroughly rinse the area with an antibacterial soap after shaving, but avoid scrubbing as this may cause inflammation.
Another pre-shaving measure could be to regularly replace your shaving razors or clean the razor with antibacterial solution or alcohol, if you have to reuse it to avoid bacterial build up.
Ingrown hairs, as they sound, they are literally ingrown hairs. Pubic and bikini line hairs are naturally curly. Essentially, when the shaved hair regrows, it can sometimes curl and grow into the surrounding skin instead.
This ingrown hair causes irritation and lumpy reactions which later develops into a rash on your bikini line area. In severe cases, pus may form and lead into bumpy inflammation.
Solutions-to reduce chances of the remaining hairs curling, you are advised to shave making your strokes towards the direction of hair growth, basically, shave in the downward direction. Alternatively, ice cubes can come in handy after you have shaved.
Thoroughly rinse the bikini line area with an antibacterial soap and gently rub an ice cube over your bikini line area. This helps close up the pores and reduce any potential hair ingrowths and inflammation that may occur. Dry the area and repeat the procedure several times.
Generally, you may want to shave less if you have quit a sensitive skin prone to shaving rash. You may also apply shaving creams that contain 1% hydrocortisone after shaving to aid reduces the resulting redness.
Hydrocortisone solution is good in controlling blood flow to your bikini line area since it constricts bloods vessels and consequently reduces the reddish inflammation.