Shaving can be a tiresome and painful task.
For that reason, many people avoid it until it is absolutely necessary. And that is one of the big mistakes.
Razor bumps are common in both men and women, and they occur when facial hair does not grow out of the follicle or the hair curls back into the skin1.
Think of razor bumps as ingrown hair, with the difference these bumps become red and inflamed and may fill up with pus.
Women who shave their vaginal area, legs, and underarms, suffer just as much as men. But while bumps are not pleasant on any part of the body, razor bumps on vag are particularly bad.
With that in mind, what can you do to prevent irritation, shave properly, and heal the bumps when they appear?
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Three questions that can save you a trip to the gyno
Many women are afraid when they notice razor bumps. Due to misconception, wrong information, and just being unenlightened, they mistake these bumps with STD.
Now, while the former is not dangerous, the latter can be very problematic.
The skin of the vaginal area is the most delicate and sensitive skin of the entire woman’s anatomy 2. No wonder it is a target for many infections and issues.
When a suspicious bump or lump shows up down below, women can start panicking.
Before we get to explain razor bumps more, let’s talk about how to know for sure whether the bums down below are STDs or something else.
These three questions will save you a panic trip to the gynecologist.
Does the bump hurt?
If the bump hurts and it is mild kind of discomfort, or the bump is more tender to the touch than truly painful, it is just a harmless whitehead.
Genital warts do not cause pain, but the worry is herpes. These blisters outbreak hurt really badly and can burn when you urinate.
If the pain is extremely severe, you should visit your physician and have him check you out.
Is the bump smooth or jagged?
Smooth and painless bump is probably just a skin tag. These are common benign growths that pop up along the body region where skin rubs against skin.
Think your groin area and upper thighs. If it feels jagged and rough, think of cauliflower, it is more likely to be a genital wart. And while genital warts do not lead to anything more serious, your physician still needs to take a look.
Is the bump closed or open?
One or several closed red bumps and that remain closed until they heal are usually razor bumps.
If it is painless bump just beneath the skin on either side of the vagina, it could be Bartholin’s cyst, caused by clog in one of the glands that lubricate the vagina.
These are harmless, usually the size of a pea, and go away on their own.
However, herpes blisters start out as closed red bumps, but they open within days. They turn into moist and oozy lesions. If that is what you are seeing down low, let your doctor have a look.
In any case, if you suspect the bumps are a result of something else than a razor bump, you should see your doctor just so that you are safe and secure.
How to treat razor bumps?
Treating razor bumps is usually very easy. The simplest thing you can do is wait for the symptoms to pass away.
However, if you are experiencing discomfort, you should not let the area to heal on its own. Avoid shaving the affected area for a few weeks to prevent further irritation.
With that in mind, let’s talk about home remedies for razor bumps and regular traditional treatment.
How to get rid of razor bumps naturally
Apple cider vinegar
The staple in every kitchen has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce inflammation and itching in the area 3.
The itching is caused by razor bumps, and apple cider vinegar will take care of that. In the same time, vinegar will fight off bacteria in the area.
- Dap a cotton ball in a ½ cup of apple cider vinegar.
- Apply the cotton ball to the affected part, and let it dry out naturally.
- Wash with warm water, and pat dry.
- Repeat three times per day.
Same as apple cider vinegar, aspirin has anti-inflammatory properties that can help you reduce redness caused by razor bumps 4.
For this remedy, you need two tablets of aspirin.
- Dissolve them in one teaspoon of lukewarm water.
- Rub the paste on the affected area, and leave it there for 10 minutes.
- Wash with lukewarm water afterward.
- Repeat two times per day. If you have sensitive skin, avoid using aspirin.
With its powerful antibacterial properties, honey can be used to cure many skin problems, including razor bumps and dry skin 5.
You can also use it to reduce swelling and redness due to razor bumps.
- Use a soft brush or your fingertips to apply honey on the affected area.
- Leave it dry out naturally.
- Wash with cold water and pat dry.
Black tea bags
Black tea contains tannic acid, one that helps reduce inflammation and redness 6.
- Brew black tea, dip the tea bag in hot water, and then remove from water.
- Let it cool down for 10 minutes, and then rub the cool tea bag on your affected area for two to three minutes.
- Repeat several times per day for best results.
Cucumber has natural anti-inflammatory and hydrating properties, making it great for a remedy for razor bumps 7.
- Cut a few slices of cucumber, and place them in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- After that, rub them on the affected area for 10 minutes.
You can use oatmeal to reduce inflammation and irritation of the affected area 8.
- Mix grounded oatmeal in a bowl with plain yogurt.
- Use equal portions of the two ingredients, and then add a teaspoon of honey.
- Apply to the affected area, let it dry for 30 minutes, and then rinse with warm water.
If you have sensitive skin, avoid this remedy.
However, in any other case, you can use lemon juice to get rid of razor bumps 9.
- Squeeze half a lemon, dip a cotton ball into the juice, and then gently apply to the affected area.
- Let it dry on its own, and then wash with lukewarm water.
One of the simplest ways for getting rid of razor bumps 10.
- Just mix a tablespoon of olive oil with few drops of tea tree oil in a bowl.
- Now, apply the solution on the affected area and keep it for 15 minutes.
- Rinse with lukewarm water.
This is one of the best ways for treating razor bumps.
The instant remedy will soften the skin and cool down the burning sensation you might be feeling. Cool compress reduces inflammation and has a calming effect.
- Place few ice cubes in a thin cloth, or use frozen vegetables.
- Apply the cool compress on your affected area, and let it stay for 10 minutes.
Baking soda is one of the simplest home remedies for razor bumps 11.
We all have it in our kitchen cabinet. All you need is some baking soda and water.
Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, baking soda will soothe the skin, reduce itchiness, and reduce inflammation.
- Dissolve 1 tablespoon in one cup of water, and then dip a cotton ball into the solution.
- Apply the cotton ball on the affected area and keep there for five minutes.
- Wash off with cold water.
- Repeat three times per day. Anything more, and it will dry your skin.
This home remedy can help you reduce inflammation, smoothen the skin, and relieve any discomfort you might be feeling.
- All you have to do is dip a cotton ball in hydrosol solution which has witch hazel.
- Apply the cotton ball onto the razor bumps, and leave it to dry on its own.
- Do not rinse off.
We all know that aloe vera has some of the most powerful properties to heal and maintain the beauty of our skin.
Now, you can use it for the sensitive area around your vagina to get rid of razor bumps.
- Rub the affected area with gel extracted from the aloe vera leaf.
- Let it dry out completely, and then wash with cold water.
- Repeat three times per day for three days to recover and heal fast.
How to shave properly
If you have symptoms of razor bumps, you should not shave the affected area until they are cleared. Once your affected area has cleared, you should try shave it properly.
Here is a step by step guide how to make sure you do not experience any razor bumps when shaving your vaginal area
- Trim the area to prevent hairs from snagging and getting caught in the razor. Always use sterilized pair of baby scissors to trim the area to quarter-inch
- Hop in the shower, and let the hot steam soften your hair follicles and prepare you for soft and smooth shave
- Exfoliate the area to remove dead skin cells. This will bring ingrown hair to the surface. Use a body brush to exfoliate the area in the shower
- Use a fragrance-free antibacterial wash so that you prevent infection or irritation if you do accidentally cut
- Buy a shaving cream with soothing ingredients including aloe vera that will prevent irritation
- Always shave in the right direction. That means shaving with the grain, or in the direction of if hair growth. This will prevent razor bumps. And if you want closer shave, pull skin taut with one hand while shaving with the other hand. Always work in small sections and use short strokes. Shave slowly
- Pat the area dry once you get out of the shower. Pulling and tugging the skin will almost always lead to irritation
- At the end, moisturize to create a protective barrier and prevent the area from drying out
- Rinse and replace your razors regularly to prevent the blades from getting dull