In this article discover how you can get rid of razor bumps on vagina and still can have smooth skin down there.
I am going to say what a woman is not supposed to say out loud, but I really like a clean and hygienic intersection of my long legs.
Contrary to the benefits pubic hair provide, maintaining them is a pretty hard job especially in cold and sticky climates.
Also, I guess the body image being promoted nowadays have forced a lot of woman like me to go bald “down there” in order to sport the right bikini look.
And! How could I even forget! Pubic hair and sanitary pads are sadly a not so perfect combination especially if you are habitual to an active schedule even when you are menstruating.
Having said above, I won’t refrain from saying that it took me a lot of courage to initiate this never-ending-hair removal cycle and more often than not, I find myself struggling with the options available to render that sensitive skin patch clean.
You could be a warrior and try bikini waxing or a coward like me and switch to hair removal creams and razor or trimmers for the weekly ritual.
While waxing provides a long-term solution, it is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea. Also, I personally do not recommend bikini waxes until you have a specialised beautician on your radar. People with sensitive skin can often develop blisters due to the hot wax and the rigorous pulling sessions.
And not to state the obvious, bikini waxes are expensive and need trips to your beautician which is sadly not favourable when you discover you have a “date” after a tiring day at work. Here comes in the DIY hair removal methods like depilatory creams and razors which provide great results when done with utmost care.
But apart from the courage to get it done, you need to have the courage to face what comes after this deed. The redness, the itch, the inflammation, the bumps.
The sole purpose of getting clean “down there” goes down the drain when you find red spots which scar the most sensitive region of your body. The odd red and black spots which scar your beautiful skin often called the razor bumps can be treated as well as avoided.
How and why are razor bumps formed?
Razor bumps can be caused by any and every hair removal technique. The basic cause behind their formation is the fact that the hair is either broken midway, or trimmed at a length which facilitates its growth into the skin rather than out of it.
With regular removal regimes, the pubic hair tends to grow coarse and the hair which remains inside the hair follicle penetrate through and curl within the skin causing ingrown hair.
Medically, this condition is known as Pseudofolliculitis Barbae or Pseudofolliculitis Pubis. People with curly hair are more genetically prone to developing razor bumps. Sometimes, apart from causing skin darkening, scarring and development of keloid scars, they can develop pus if not taken care of at the early formation stage.
The body tries to fight the growth of hair inside the skin as if it is a contaminant by producing reactive hormones which often cause breakouts which look more or less like pimples.
Most common causes of razor bumps
• Closely shaving the pubic hair
• Applying a lot of pressure while shaving
• Using multi-blade razors which cause pulling of hair
• Using old razors
• Not exfoliating before and after hair removal
• Dry shaving
• Not using a proper foaming agent
• Not opting a proper aftershave routine
• Shaving against the direction of hair
Preventing razor bumps
Because, prevention is always better than cure!
• Make sure you are shaving it right!
– If you are using a razor or a trimmer, always shave in the direction of hair growth.
– Make sure you have given your skin sufficient time to render the pores open. You should take a hot water bath before to soften up the bikini region. The softer the skin, the easier it is to remove hair without cutting hair at odd and uneven lengths.
– Also, I would personally suggest using an anti-bacterial but mild foaming agent to render your coarse pubic hair softer for chopping.
• Make sure your instruments are right!
– Do not use a razor blade for more than five consecutive sessions.
– Clean your razor even when you replace its blades. Always keep an alcohol or germicidal solution handy to dip the razor before use.
– Clean the trapped hair between the blades after every alternate stroke.
– In case you are sticking to an old razor, make sure the blades are sufficiently sharp. A sharp blade ensures fewer changes of hair being pulled.
– Avoid using razors which have multi-blades.
• Follow the right after-shave routine
– Make sure you apply an astringent to calm down the skin and kill the germs which might have sustained over the shaving period.
– Also, apply sufficient moisturising lotions as hair removal renders skin moisture-less.
– Wear breathe-able clothing after waxing/ shaving your pubic region – The sexy thongs and lacy underwear are a strict NO. Stick to cotton camisoles and briefs for at least a day.
• Exfoliation is the ultimate rescue.
Exfoliate your skin with homemade or readymade scrubs to free yourself of the dead upper skin which can trap the hair follicles. You can include a loofah in your everyday bathing routine or use a scrub every alternate day.
DIY Sugar Scrub you can include in your everyday routine:
1. Mix two tablespoons of consistent sugar with two tablespoons of sugar until they are homogeneous.
2. Add four tablespoons of coconut oil and one tablespoon of crude nectar.
3. Apply it on your pubic region without rubbing too much and leave on for a few minutes. Then rinse off while slowly rubbing the particles while bathing.
• Do not shave every day.
Apart from rendering your pubic hair coarse, everyday shaving will also increase chances of razor burns in which your healthy skin will be scrapped off.
• If you discover and signs of razor bumps, refrain from any hair removal routines until the bump heals itself.
• In case the pubic hair has managed to grow longer in length, ensure to always trim them to ¼ inch and then shave them. Longer hair is more prone to being plucked rather than sliced.
Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Razor Bumps On Vagina
Since the above-mentioned procedures are often put aside in our busy everyday schedules here is what you should do when you find yourself tempted to scratch that rash which is killing your sexy bikini look:
• Aloe Vera
Since ages, aloe vera has been the solution to almost every skin trouble. The calming effect of this plant will soothe your troubled skin within minutes of application. This can be used not only for healing inflammation but also as a moisturising lotion!
– Take a freshly cut ripe leaf of aloe vera
– Remove its skin and then mash the gel
– Leave the paste over skin until it dries off.
– Rinse off with cold water
• Hot Compress
The age old heat treatment method never goes out of style. In the method, you damp a piece of cloth or cotton in warm water and press it gently against the affected area. The warmth of the cotton opens up the pores in which the hair is trapped. You may then, after a while extract the hair using a sanitised tweezer or needle.
• Cold Compress
Hot compress is a suitable solution if you are planning on to extract the trapped hair. However, if you plan on just calming down your skin for a while, I suggest you try the cold compress!
– Wrap up a few ice cubes in a slightly breathable cloth and press it against the affected area.
– Do this multiple times to prevent the rash of shaving.
It is always advisable to shave after soaking the area in warm water and then splashing cold water to calm down the hyperactive nerves.
• Cucumber Paste
There are various ways in which cucumber can save the rash!
– Easier and faster
1. Mash ½ cup cucumber puree and a quarter cup of raw milk.
2. Let the mixture be semi-solid.
3. Apply over the affected area multiple times a day and rinse off when the mixture dries off on the skin.
– The Master Method
1. Freeze cucumber puree in an ice cube tray.
2. Take half a cup of aloe vera gel and blend it in a mixer with raw papaya.
3. Now take out the frozen puree cubes and blend it in the mixture along with the paste.
4. Apply over affected are
You may also stick to rubbing raw cucumber over affected area for immediate relief!
• Witch Hazel
Witch Hazel is a natural antiseptic which can be used to both sanitise as well as soothe the affected area. The anti-inflammatory, astringent, antiseptic and antibacterial properties provide us an immediate rescue!
You might as well blend it with a cream of your choice to ensure a longer lasting effect!
• Hydrocortisone cream
These products have anti-inflammatory effects similar to that of witch hazel and have been used to soothe swollen and irritated skin. It can be applied not more than twice a day to provide moisturisation to the affected area. A 1% hydrocortisone mix is advisable for use as it constricts the blood vessels and controls the flow in a hypersensitive region.
However, prolonged usage of these creams is not advised as you may develop an unattractive rash. Also, never let the cream near your clitoris as the astringent properties may cause burning sensation.
• Lemon Juice
lemon is naturally acidic and hence can prevent the growth of bacteria in the hair follicle. However, while using it over the pubic region, it should be the last of options as it may trigger burning sensations.
However, you may use this solution to heal the razor bump after a few days of shaving as the citric acid provides healing of outbreaks as well as mends the scarring.
• Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a natural astringent. However, it should never be applied without dilution especially on your pubic area.
1. Dilute tea tree oil with 2.5 times the water quantity and dab with cotton over the affected area. Wash off with lukewarm water once the mixture dries.
2. Mix the oil with other essential oils such as lavender oil. Mix 2-3 drops of tea tree oil with a tablespoon of lavender oil and massage over the affected area.
• White Tea
It should have been on the top of the list as it is the easiest available method of calming that burning sensation. Your everyday used white tea bag when dampened and applied over affected area can provide instant relief. The tannic acid present in tea helps heal inflammation.
The most mainstream method to extract the ingrown hair is plucking it with the help of a tweezer. It is important to always sterilise the tweezer either by dipping it in boiling hot water or alcohol. Always make sure to pluck out the hair by gripping the free end tightly and uproot it (don’t break it).
• Salicylic acid and aspirin
Application of creams rich in salicylic acid is advised as it removes dead skin, cleanses the pores and reduces rash. However if you notice skin peeling off, restrict its use to alternate days.
Another way to soothe razor rash is by crushing an uncoated aspirin pill and mixing it with water. The resultant mix can then be applied on the rash and washed after half an hour.
PEOPLE WITH EXTRA SENSITIVE SKIN SHOULD NOT USE THIS METHOD.
• Apple Cider Vinegar
Diluted apple cider vinegar can help you soothe inflammation and the citric acid constitution will prevent infection from breeding in the hair follicle.
Dab a small mass of cotton in the diluted acid and apply gently over rash. Apply it two to three times a day and then wash off with lukewarm water.
This miraculous produce has antibacterial properties which can heal razor bumps quickly and at the same time, render your skin smooth and glowing. Now when you use honey, please make sure you have locked your bedroom door well and let those pants fly. Also, keep an eye out for bees and houseflies. Ouch!
1. You can either directly apply a layer of honey over the affected area and wash it off after twenty minutes
2. Or, you can mix honey with yoghurt and apply it over the affected area and wash off after the mix dries.
• Baking Soda
In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties, it has properties which will balance the pH of your pubic region.
Prepare a mixture of one tablespoon baking soda in water and apply it over the affected area. Rinse the mixture off once it dries.
• Other methods
– Retin A cream: Topical retinoids like this are useful in removing the scarring caused by razor bumps as it resurfaces the skin over a period of time.
– Epsom Salt: You can dampen a piece of cloth in lukewarm mixture of Epsom salt and water and apply it over the affected area. You can blend Epsom salt with an essential salt also.
It not only heals but also exfoliates the skin.
– Cosmetic treatments such as chemical peel and skin resurfacing techniques can be opted.
– Put cornstarch over the affected area and rinse off when dry.
– You can apply refrigerated black tea bags to the affected area. The tannic acid will provide instant and long lasting effect.
– Anti-bacterial and anti-biotic creams prescribed by your pharmacist can also be used to reduce inflammatory effects of razor bumps.
– Use shaving products consisting of benzoyl peroxide.
– Use baby powder to avoid rashes before shaving
– After shaving your skin, apply coconut oil as it naturally moisturises as well as prevents rashes.
– Strawberry paste: You can use a mix of strawberry with any moisturising cream to cure rashes. It not only provides instant relief but also smells great!
– You may also use diluted essential oils on your pubic region like chamomile and lavender upon mixing about a quarter of it with chilled water.
– Alum block: However used initially by only men, studies have shown that quality alum block can also be used by women on their pubic region. Its anti-coagulant properties prevent bleeding from shaving as it closes cuts and pores. However, only quality alum blocks should be used as the pubic region may get irritated easily!
If I can sum it all up, exfoliation is the key to a healthy waxing and shaving routine. And if your sensitive skin still doesn’t let you have that moment of clean pride, you can always refer to any of the mentioned methods and have fun flaunting that perfect bikini look with healthy skin beneath!