If the thought of having to shave your bikini line is accompanied by a lingering fear of razor burn, you’re not alone. We’ve all experienced the embarrassing sensitivity, bumps and discoloration that can occur after waxing. But believe it or not, there are tools on our end to keep things soft and smooth. Board-certified dermatologists Jenny Liu, MD, and Mona Gohara, MD shared their expertise on what can cause, prevent, and treat irritation at the source. Below are their expert-approved products and practices for a trouble-free shave.
What causes razor burn?
To put it simply, “our body hair is not meant to be plucked,” says Dr. Gohara. “When we use a sharp razor, we often have a reaction creating bumps and inflammation.” That being said, Dr. Liu calls using dull blades, dry shaving, and wearing tight clothes after trimming common, easily avoidable mistakes.
How to prevent razor burn?
Both dermatologists agree that regular exfoliation is essential. This will help remove dirt and dead skin as well as lift hairs for easier trimming. However, if you’re using a chemical exfoliant, don’t apply it the night before you shave. “Depending on the product, you may want to consider stopping up to three to five days before,” warns Dr. Liu. Finally, have a strategic approach to your products. “Stick to a single- or dual-blade razor, use shaving cream to minimize irritation, and move the blade in the direction of the hair, not against it,” suggests Dr. Gohara.
How to treat razor burn?
Moisturize immediately after shaving. “Use a soothing, nourishing, and ideally fragrance-free moisturizer to help support healthy skin barrier function. Even hydrocortisone can be helpful,” says Dr. Liu. If discoloration begins to form, consider treating the area with spot treatment to help with hyperpigmentation.
Buy the best Bikini Line shaving products:
“Use a gentle exfoliating cleanser before you shave,” says Dr. Gohara. “This wash is perfect for releasing hair more easily.”
Ideal for those who prefer chemical exfoliation, “this product is gentle and can be used more regularly to remove dead skin,” says Dr. Liu.
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When your skin needs a little extra attention, reach for this super skin balm. “It’s specially designed to soothe seconds after application,” adds Dr. Gohara.
The heaviness of this unique razor head applies all the pressure you need for a clean cut. Just swipe and go.
A welcome dose of salicylic and glycolic acid exfoliate skin while niacinamide helps fight signs of hyperpigmentation.
Not only is it a luxurious body moisturizer, but its key ingredients help soften hairs and soothe irritated skin.
Each spray of jojoba oil, coconut oil and botanical extracts is specially formulated for your bikini area. It hydrates the follicles and strengthens the skin barrier for more comfortable hair growth.
This cult choice has been reformulated with even more skin-loving ingredients, such as dandelion root extract and aloe vera, to stop itching and inflammation in its tracks.
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Pass the acid-rich pad over all regularly shaved areas to prevent the formation of ingrown hairs or razor burn.
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