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Ban the Bumps: How to Get Rid of Bikini Bumps.

It's bikini season. If you notice what looks like pimples, bumps or in-grown hairs on the areas where you shave, you may have "bikini bumps" a.k.a. razor bumps. Doctors call this condition Pseudofolliculitis barbae, or PFB. PFB is most common in sensitive areas, such as the bikini area.

Ban the Bumps: How to Get Rid of Bikini Bumps


What causes bikini bumps?

When you shave, you are actually sharpening the ends of the hair. Shaving makes it easy for the hairs to curve back into the skin as the little hairs retract into the hair follicle. The bumps that you see are caused by skin irritation and inflammation where the hair has re-entered the skin.

Prevent Bikini Bumps

There are several things you can do to help minimize razor bumps while shaving. Some doctors recommend using only electric shavers which don't give quite as close a shave, whereas the newer five blade razors give extra-close shaves that may make the hair more apt to re-enter the skin. If you do use a razor, be careful and remember these few tips to help ban the bumps.

  • Wash with a moisturizing cleanser and warm water before shaving. This will help soften the hairs and help prevent a sharp edge that can enter the skin after shaving. I like Dove Deep Moisture Nourishing Body Wash.
  • Use a protective shave gel prior to shaving. Let it set on the warmed skin for a few minutes before you start to shave. I like Aveeno Therapeutic Shave Gel.
  • Use a new, sharp razor to avoid uneven cutting. I like Venus & Olay Razor in Sugarberry.
  • As you shave, avoid stretching the skin. Be sure to shave in the direction of hair growth to minimize irritation.
  • After shaving, massage the area with a warm washcloth to help free the hairs from making it back into the skin.

How to Prevent Bikini Bumps

Get Rid of Bikini Bumps

So you have taken care to prevent the bikini bumps from happening, but you still have some bikini bumps that are painful and/or itchy. There are a few great products that are designed specifically to treat the bikini bumps.

  • bliss Ingrown Eliminating Pads - These single-use wipes are made with alpha and beta hydroxy acids to treat the bumps, while green tea and oat extract soothe and smooth the skin.
  • Bikini Zone Medicated Creme - This cream contains an analgesic to soothe away pain and irritation. It improves healing by speeding along new skin cells to replace the scraped ones, eliminating redness and razor burn. Lastly, it dries out the small, acne-like blemishes and exfoliates the skin to help prevent hair from curling back into the skin to form an ingrown hair bump in the first place. 
  • DERMAdoctor KP Duty Body Scrub - This exfoliating scrub contains both a physical and chemical exfoliator to get those irritated hairs out of where they have ingrown. Not designed for bikini bumps, but another condition, I was in a pinch and had to get rid of my bikini bumps, and this scrub did the trick.


How to Treat Bikini Bumps

The few extra minutes that it takes to prep skin, shave properly, then soothe the skin will definitely help to keep the bikini bumps at bay. Take your time and be consistent. You'll soon forget the discomfort and the unsightly bikini bumps will be gone in no time.


Reader Comments (13)

Great post very informative. Will be of great use to me :) Thank you!
Thanks! I hate razor bumps and I'm going to try a few of these things.
Seriously they are the worse. No matter what I try I get bumps. I even get bumps there when I wax or use nair. I don't get it.
great post. I suffer from these and need help. i like the solutions and will be trying. for now i just use cortisone cream to stop the itching.
Joanna - You're welcome. Glad you get some information you needed out of it.
Summer - I hate razor bumps too. I hope this helps. Let me know!
Kristi - Try one of the products I listed to get rid of the bumps. They will help!
Patty - Cortisone definitely helps.
I could do with the beauty scrub I suffer terribly with ingrown at the back of my legs will give this one a try and see how I go
Mary - The scrub will definitely help. Let me know how it works for you.
Bikini line and other shaving related bumps are a quick fix. They are caused when freshly shaved or clipped hairs either burrow under our skin are loop back into the hair follicles. Our body then reacts to them the same as it would to a bee or insect sting us - itch, inflammation and pustules. To get relief from a bee sting we have to get the stinger out and to get relief from bikini line and shaving bumps you have to get the trapped and ingrown hairs out. I do this by using a device called the BumpBan it quickly, gently, and safely frees ingrown hair. I use it immediately after I shave and then again after my evening and morning showers. Takes only a minute. I've gotten amazing results from it. Simply glide it across bikini bumps in a back and forth motion and it frees trapped and ingrown hairs without plucking and without pain. It cleared up my bumps in less than a week and has kept them away every since. I think that the BumpBan is a great product. The only drawback for me I can only buy it online as none of the stores has it.
I've tried basically everything and I still get the bumps and they never go alway completely. What does bumpban do?
i have really sensitive skin and have tried everything.i saw something at walmart and figured id try i and it really works for me. i really didn't think it would but i love it and is cheep the name of it is Shave secret. just fallow the directions and it actually does what it said " weird huh!" well good luck hope it helps someone have gray Summer everyone :)

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