Whether you shave, wax or use pretty much any hair removal method, you might get ingrown hair and razor bumps. It is even more likely to get some on your pubic area as the hair is usually at its most coarse and thick. Even if you can’t entirely get rid of these, you can take some preventive steps and reduce the risk of getting those tiny annoying and often painful bumps on your skin when shaving your pubes. Here’s a guide to shaving your pubes in order to avoid ingrown hair and razor bumps.
What are razor bumps?
If you’ve ever had razor bumps, you know how annoying they can get! They are ingrown hairs that developed as raised red bumps and they feel tender to the touch; they typically appear after you’ve removed your hair through shaving, waxing or even plucking. An ingrown hair usually appears when a hair follicle gets clogged with dead skin cells: if the dead layers of the skin aren’t properly being removed, they trap hairs under the epidermis, which leads to ingrown hairs. Then, as the skin cell starts growing over the ingrown, it gets trapped and a bump is formed. Ingrown hairs and thus razor bumps can develop on any area where someone removes hair: from the face to the legs, underarms, and pubic area.
Just as ingrown hairs, razor bumps are more likely to appear in darker skin tones and in people with thick, coarse and/or curly hair. You’re also more likely to get razor bumps on the pubic area because the hair there is usually coarser and thicker than on legs, for example.
Shaving your pubic hair to avoid razor bumps
Tips & tricks to shaving your pubes
First, avoid dry shaving: always exfoliate first, hydrate the skin with warm water, which makes the hair easier to remove by softening it, and finally prep by applying a shaving oil, cream or gel. Dry shaving will most likely end up in ingrown hairs, but also in a badly shaved and painful area.
Make sure your razor is clean and sharp: swap it often depending on how much you use it so you can avoid getting dull blades. It should also be stored outside of the shower in a cool and dry area to avoid bacteria buildup. This way, you will avoid getting both ingrown hairs and razor bumps.
Razor bumps can range in size and colour from small to large and from red to white, with a pus-filled bump. Unfortunately, nothing can make razor bumps instantly go away but some techniques help by allowing the skin to heal faster.
Exfoliate with a natural exfoliant
Exfoliating your pubic area with a scrub composed of natural ingredients can help remove the dead skin cells and ultimately release the ingrown and thus remove the bump. You could use the Bushbalm™ sugar scrubs to do so. Be cautious not to damage the skin by scrubbing hard if you have razor bumps: always be gentle and delicate with your skin!
As you would do with a scrub, you can exfoliate the area with a dry brush to help release the dead skin cells from your pubic area. To do this, you can use the Bushbalm™ dry brush which will help remove toxins from your body, in addition to exfoliating. Exfoliating your pubic area regularly and before shaving can indeed help getting rid of dead skill cells and so avoiding hairs getting stuck under your skin as they grow back.
Apply salicylic or glycolic acid
As a beta hydroxy acid, salicylic acid helps exfoliate skin cells. This way, it unclogs pores as well as fights inflammation, which ultimately works towards relieving you of razor bumps by allowing the ingrown hair to make its way out of the pore. It also naturally reduces the appearance of the bump. Salicylic acid can be found in a number of skincare and acne products.
Similarly to salicylic acid, glycolic acid helps to remove old skin cells by exfoliating the skin and ultimately helping with the inflammation and the razor bumps themselves.
Apply a warm washcloth
After shaving, using a warm wet compress or towel on your pubic area can help soothe the skin and fight razor bumps. Doing this whenever you shave can both make the skin feel better but also decrease the risk of ingrowns and bumps appearing.
Razor Burn Before & After Photos
Preventing and avoiding razor bumps
Rushing through shaving might be tempting but if you’re looking to avoid razor bumps, be careful by taking the time you need to shave properly. Here are some prevention tips you can implement in your skincare routine to avoid getting razor bumps.
You can try shaving less often to avoid irritating the skin too frequently and too harshly. This way, your skin has time to rest and heal before you remove hair again.
You should always shave in the right direction, which is the direction your hair grows or against it: shaving in many different directions at once increases the chance of damaging your skin and getting ingrowns.
Be careful when trying to get a close shave because shaving too close to the skin, especially if you have thick, curly or coarse hair, can lead to the hair growing back under the skin, ultimately causing bumps. Be gentle with your skin, even when shaving!
Keeping your skin moisturized, especially right after shaving, can also help keep the skin healthy and avoid bumps. You could try using a specific moisturizer with salicylic acid to gently exfoliate as well as moisturize your pubic area. You can also use pubic oil with Tea Tree as an ingredient to reduce the risk of ingrown hair and razor bumps.