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Irritated Bikini Area

Published: October 31, 2000
Dear TeenHealthFX,
When I shave my pubic areas, around my bikini area, I get these little red bumps and it gets really irritated down there. What can I do to stop these little red bumps from happening?
Signed: Irritated Bikini Area

Dear Irritated Bikini Area,

 

The method of shaving to remove pubic hairs is definitely one of the least painful methods. However, it can take time to get used to, especially with the irritation. It sounds as if you are experiencing this common side effect. Your pubic region is very sensitive and is constantly under attack by rubbing clothes, underwear, and bikinis/bathing suits. Then add on the fact that you have just shaved away all means of protection against these "attackers." It is not surprising that frequent irritation arises on the raw skin right after shaving.

The little red bumps that you have described can be simple skin lesions, infected hair follicles or irritation rashes caused by the type of shaving cream you might be using or just your skins reaction to the hair removal. There is also the possibility that the bumps could be the result of in-grown hairs. In-grown hairs are common in the pubic area after shaving and occur as a result of a hair being removed from a follicle and taking root where no follicle exists to let the hair poke through the skin.

There are no magic tricks to prevent irritation, but you may want to try doing it less frequently, using an astringent and then a moisturizer, keeping the area extra clean or trying other methods of hair removal. Some other methods include waxing and depilatory, both of which can be painful and expensive, but are less time consuming and may give better results.

Also, take a look at some of the shaving instructions we give in the question, How Tos - Shaving And Bumps.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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