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Bikini zone bumps are a frustrating side-effect of hair removal around the bikini zone. The skin in this area is particularly delicate, and can easily become irritated in response to shaving waxing, and other hair removal procedures. Luckily, there are ways to prevent this reaction from occurring in the first place, and ways to get rid of existing bikini zone bumps.

How to prevent bikini zone bumps

In order to prevent this irritation from occurring in the first place, we recommend removing hair in delicate areas using waxing rather than shaving. If waxing isn’t right for you, however, you can also take some simple measures before, during, and after shaving to prevent your skin from becoming irritated:

1. Start with plenty of warm water: Before you begin shaving, you’ll want to get your hair and skin completely wet with warm water. This means that shaving should normally come at the end of your shower, once your hair and skin have already been exposed to lots of warm water.

2. Exfoliate before shaving: You can use a chemical exfoliant to get rid of dead skin cells on your skin’s surface before shaving; this will smooth your skin, allowing your razor to glide over it more evenly.

3. Use the right products: You should definitely not skip shaving cream when shaving your bikini zone–the cream helps your razor to glide smoothly over your skin without nicking or otherwise irritating it. We recommend using an unscented, natural shaving cream that’s intended for sensitive skin, like EOS Shave Cream.

You should also make sure to change your razor blade at least once per month, to keep it as sharp as possible and avoid bacterial infections.

For even better results, try applying coconut oil to your skin before you shave: This will help to lubricate and protect your skin. After shaving, you can follow up with another, thin layer of coconut oil or organic aloe vera gel to soothe and hydrate your skin.

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4. Observe proper hygiene: Right after you shave, your skin will be much more vulnerable to irritation and infections–especially if you’ve nicked yourself. Try not to wear tight clothing for a day or so after shaving, and make sure to shower directly after exercising in order to avoid skin infections.

How to get rid of bikini zone bumps

If you already have bumps on your bikini zone, you can treat them with several DIY remedies. We recommend steering clear of cortisone products due to the many possible health risks associated with these products. Here are our favorite home remedies for bikini bumps:

1. Organic aloe vera gel: You can apply a thin layer of aloe vera gel to the affected area several times a day to soothe the area and relieve the irritation. The aloe vera gel will ease redness, diminish bumps, and help to get rid of any itching. We recommend buying a USDA-certified organic product like Seven Minerals’ Organic Aloe Vera Gel.

2. Essential oils: Tea tree oil, lavender oil, and rosemary oil can all help to relieve inflammation in your skin. Make sure to dilute them before applying them to your skin, as these oils can cause irritation in their undiluted forms. We recommend combining 1-2 drops of essential oil with 1 tablespoon of a carrier oil. Excellent carrier oils for soothing irritated skin include jojoba oil, coconut oil, and sweet almond oil.

3. Oatmeal, honey, banana mask: While the idea of applying a mask to your bikini zone may seem strange, oatmeal and banana can work wonders for irritated skin. Both of these ingredients are extremely soothing and hydrating for any area of your skin. Just mash  ¼ of a banana into a fine paste, and then stir in 1 tablespoon of honey and 2 tablespoons of rolled oats. Apply the mask to any affected areas, allow it to sink in for 30-60 minutes, and then rinse it away.

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