Acne can occur on any part of the body, including the bikini area. In addition, razor bumps, or pseudofolliculitis barbae, are caused by irritation created from shaving and from, occasionally, bacteria that is trapped in the hair follicle. The skin swells as a result, creating red, itchy bumps that are sometimes painful. This is a common problem caused when shaving the bikini area and may look like acne. There are a few steps to get rid of bikini blemishes, most of which involve washing and shaving the area correctly to prevent bumps from occurring in the first place.
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Gently wash the area to remove any bacteria prior to shaving, as bacteria is more likely to cause blemishes to occur. Use an antibacterial soap to prevent acne in the bikini region, and wash daily.
Use an exfoliating body wash for acne treatment once or twice a week to help scrub away dead skin and bacteria that can cause acne and blemishes on the skin.
Soften the bikini region prior to shaving by exposing the area to warm water for at least 5 minutes. You can also place a warm, wet washcloth over the area to soften the skin.
Apply a shaving gel or crème to the bikini area after washing as these products will help prevent the formation of bumps or blemishes. There are some shaving gels specifically created for use on the bikini area that can be purchased at grocery or drug stores. One brand name is Bikini Zone. Let the gel or crème sit on the skin for a few minutes before shaving. Keep the gel or crème away from water to keep it from dissolving or washing away.
Use a sharp razor when shaving, as dull razors may cause part of the hair follicle to remain trapped under the skin, causing blemishes and bumps. Shave in the direction of the hair growth.
Apply a moisturizing skin lotion to the bikini area after shaving and showering. If the area seems irritated, apply a small amount of antibacterial ointment, such as Neosporin, to reduce pain, swelling or inflammation.