Shaving is a commonplace activity for most people, and generally we all know how to shave our legs, but there are still a lot of questions when it comes to shaving pubic hair. Shaving pubic hair (as with all hair) is completely optional, and some people do not shave down there at all. Some people shave pubic hair year-round and others only shave during bathing suit season. It is completely a matter of preference. Razor bumps on pubic area often reported with people who shave their pubic hair.
Razor bumps can become itchy and cause irritation, can fill up with pus, cause scarring, and can sometimes turn into an infection. It’s important that you treat razor bumps as soon as you can, but keep in mind razor bumps on pubic area should be treated a little differently than other body parts. Skin near pubic hair can become more easily irritated or inflamed with products that might work well on other body parts.
What is a Razor Bump?
It is important to address razor bumps right away, so you don’t keep agitating the skin and cause permanent scarring. There are two types of razor bumps: extrafollicular and transfollicular. With extrafollicular razor bumps, when a hair close to the skin is shaved off, the hair grows back and curls underneath the skin, causing a small, sometimes painful, red bump. With transfollicular razor bumps the hair exits the skin and then re-enters it, creating less of a bump and more of a hair that looks looped around itself.
Razor Bumps Occur on Pubic Areas
Razor bumps can occur often on pubic areas, because curly hair is highly susceptible to razor bumps. Because the hair is curly, it becomes much easier to curl back into itself and re-enter the skin. As far as on other body parts, it is more common for men to suffer from razor bumps than women, and it is more common for African Americans to suffer razor bumps because of their naturally curly hair. When it comes to pubic hair, though, everyone has an equal chance of developing razor bumps.
Remedies for Razor Bumps on Pubic Area
There are a few different remedies for treating razor bumps on pubic areas. One common treatment is through the use of Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera is a natural gel that will moisturize your skin in addition to soothing itchiness, irritation, swelling, and burning. Using a fresh Aloe Vera leaf is really best, but if you are not able to find one or do not want to use one, Aloe Vera bottled gel will work (although it won’t work as well).
If you are using a leaf, cut the leaf open to release the gel and then rub it onto the affected area. After cutting it open there will be some juice coming from the leaf. If you’d like, instead of using the gel you can use a cotton ball to soak up some of the juice and apply that to the affected area. Let the area dry and then rinse with cold water. You should do this two to three times a week.
Hot or Cold Compress
A hot or cold compress can also be effective in helping relieve some pain and itching from razor bumps. Use a cold compress if the bumps are burning or irritating your skin. The cold will numb the area and cause temporary relief. A hot compress can be used for treating ingrown hairs as well as soothing itchiness. Applying heat causes pores in your skin to open up and free trapped ingrown hairs. Use a heating pad or soak a towel in warm water and let sit on affected area for 5 minutes.
Witch hazel is also very healing when it comes to razor bumps. You can find witch hazel in skin products at the drug store. Apply based on the directions on the package.
To soothe irritated skin and restore pH levels, baking soda can be a great tool for treating razor bumps. Simply add one tablespoon of baking soda to a cup of water and use a piece of cotton wool to apply to the affected area. Make sure the area doesn’t dry out. Keep applying the baking soda mixture for five minutes before rinsing with cool water.
A common ingredient used to keep skin moisturized, reduce swelling, and protect against infection is honey. You can find honey in many moisturizing bath products, but when dealing with razor bumps you are best off just dealing with pure honey by itself. You can either apply honey directly to the affected area and let dry before rinsing it off with cool water, or you can mix ¾ tablespoon of honey with 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt. You can apply this mixture and leave on for 15 minutes and then remove with warm water.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil can reduce swelling of razor bumps and can prevent affected areas from becoming infected. There are a few different ways you can apply tea tree oil.
- First, you can create a solution of tea tree oil and water by using a ratio of 2 drops of tea tree oil to 5 drops of water. You should apply the mixture and leave on for ten minutes before rinsing with warm water. For best results, use twice a day until razor bumps are healed.
- Second, you can mix tea tree oil with a different antiseptic oil like lavender oil or thyme oil, using 3 drops of tea tree oil per 1 tablespoon of the other antiseptic oil. Rub the moisture into the skin and let sit for 15 minutes before rinsing with cold water. You can repeat this process 2 or 3 times a day until the bumps have cleared up.
Black tea can help treat razor bumps if you refrigerate the moistened tea bags, rub the cold tea bags onto the affected area and let sit for 5 minutes. You can then rinse the area with cold water and repeat a few times every day to provide relief.
Lemon juice can also be used to reduce inflammation and dry out razor bumps through its acidic properties. You can squeeze fresh juice or buy lemon juice from the store. For sensitive skin, mix with water so it doesn’t cause more irritation. Apply lemon juice to affected area with a cotton ball and let sit 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water. You can do this twice a day.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can help reduce swelling, protect against infection, and provide itch relief. Soak a cotton ball with apple cider vinegar and apply to the affected area for 10 minutes before rinsing with warm water. You can repeat this 2 to 3 times a day. If you have particularly sensitive skin you can mix the apple cider vinegar with water.
For extremely bad razor bumps you might consider a medicinal treatment. You can crush up aspirin and mix with a little water to create a paste that you can apply to the area for a few minutes before rinsing. You can apply hydrocortisone cream, antibacterial cream, glycolic cream, Retin A cream (do not use if pregnant or nursing), or alum block (which is considered a product for males who shave but can be used by females.)
Preventing Razor Bumps on Pubic Area
There are a few ways to prevent razor bumps.
- You should not be shaving every day, especially if you are prone to razor bumps. Shave at least every other day and always make sure you are using a razor that is not dull.
- Exfoliate the area either every day or every other day – if you do not have sensitive skin, exfoliating right before you shave is a good idea, but if you do you should probably skip exfoliation on the days you are shaving.
- Do not apply pressure to the razor when shaving. Pressing down too hard can cause razor bumps. Instead, use a light gliding motion.
- Shave with the grain – not against it. The means shave in the opposite direction in which the hair is growing. This technique does not provide the closest shave but it can protect against razor burn.
- Do not shave over the same area more than once. Keep track of where you have shaven and try not to shave repeatedly over the same area.
- You should always shave in the shower. The shower being on provides steam, which can soften your skin. You should try to save shaving for one of the last activities you do, so the skin can become soft. If not showering while shaving, put a warm washcloth over the area you wish to shave for a few minutes before starting to soften the skin.
- In order to soften the skin use shaving cream. Shaving cream with aloe or other moisturizers work best. If you do not have shaving cream, hair conditioner works as a close second.
- End your shower (or your shaving session) with cold water. Applying cold water to the area just after shaving will cause the pores to close up and make it harder for the skin to develop razor bumps.
- Do not rub your bikini area dry – pat it dry gently.
- Applying deodorant over the bikini area can help moisturize the area and prevent razor bumps.
Alternatives to Shaving
If you experience a lot of problems with razor bumps it might be time to switch your method of hair removal. A few possibilities that generally do not cause razor bumps include:
- Waxing – It is still possible to experience razor bumps with this method, but waxing rips the hair out from a deeper level of your skin, so the tip of the hair is much finer once it’s been pulled out – this makes for smaller, less irritable bumps. You will need to go at least once every 8 weeks.
- Laser Hair Removal – This method does not cause razor bumps, but it is expensive and you will need to attend multiple sessions. It will not remove all hair forever but it reduces growth.
- Epilator – Using an epilator can remove hair easily and not cause any razor bumps. It takes a little longer to use, because you may have to run it over certain parts more than once, but it can be very effective.
How Long Do Razor Bumps on Pubic Area Last?
Razor bumps can last for at least 3 days. It is important that you take that time to treat the affected area and do NOT shave. Shaving on top of razor bumps can cause more damage and infection. Wait for the razor bumps to clear up before shaving again. If it is taking a long time for the razor bumps to go away, consider trying one of the methods mentioned above to treat the razor bumps.
How Should I Shave to Not Get Razor Bumps on Pubic Area?
In order to shave your pubic area and not get razor bumps, it is important to take these things into consideration:
- Find the right tool to shave with. Shop for a good razor and look for information on it that says it can be used effectively to shave pubic hair.
- Don’t shave right away – start by trimming your hair down. Pubic hair can grow up to 2-3 inches in length, so it’s important that you trim the hair as short as possible before shaving so the long hairs don’t clog up the razor and make it duller.
- Soak in a warm bath before shaving.
- Exfoliate the area before shaving. Don’t be afraid to exfoliate, but don’t use anything too strong. A good rule of thumb is anything that you’d use for your face, you could use for your pubic area.
5. Wear cotton underwear and avoid tight clothes for a few hours after shaving.
6. In order to make the stubble less sharp, use a pad meant for softening stubble. This will make you feel the need to shave less often.
Be Careful and Don’t Overdo It!
Shaving your pubic area can seem like a daunting task now that you have all of this new information, but it’s not. The important things to remember are the things that will prevent you from getting razor bumps on pubic area in the first place – fresh razor, warm water, don’t shave every day. If you do happen to get razor bumps even after following all of these rules (which can happen sometimes, especially to those with sensitive skin) try any of the above techniques of how to get rid of razor bumps on pubic area. Remember – anywhere that pubic hair is, is a sensitive area, so always be careful when shaving there.