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Razor bumps are just a consequence of shaving, which is a necessity of life. Sensitive skin, like your underarms and bikini area will be more likely to get irritated, but the backside of your legs is also a common place for shaving bumps. It is beneficial for both looks and your health to get rid of razor bumps immediately. Shaving bumps can get infected or cause minor skin issues. Avoid having any problems and enjoy smooth, soft skin with these precautions.

The first step to avoiding shaving bumps is to let your hair grow out before shaving again. This means you shouldn’t shave daily, especially if you already have razor bumps. Shaving over these bumps will irritate them more and make them appear redder and will make your skin more susceptible to infections.

Avoid scratching the affected areas even if they itch. Scratching can open the bumps and cause bleeding, which can also lead to skin infections. Worst case scenario is that you scratch your razor bumps and they turn into scars that you can’t get rid of.

Try to get into the daily habit of applying a lotion designed for treating shaving bumps once or twice a day. Even if the bumps go away, it is a smart idea to keep applying the lotion as a preventive measure. Apply the lotion directly after getting out of the shower for best results. The best products will have the ingredients salicylic acid, glycolic acid, witch hazel, or aloe, or you can simply use aloe directly on your skin. If you suspect ingrown hairs, use an antibacterial cream on them like Bacitracin, Neosporin, or Polysporin.

If you have scarring from your razor bumps, look for Retin-A. Retinoids come from vitamin A, which helps rejuvenate the skin and reduce the appearance of scarring. Only use this product if you have severe scarring. Avoid Retin-A if you are pregnant or breastfeeding as it can cause birth defects. Retin-A is also prone to burning when exposed in the sun, so don’t apply before a day on the beach or only apply to covered areas. If you plan to wax any areas in the future, avoid using Retin-A because it makes your skin weaker, which could potentially lead to tearing.

Throw out your dull razors. It is a good practice to regularly replace your razors for smoother skin. From now on, start exfoliating your skin before shaving to get rid of dead skin cells and anything else that is lurking on top of your skin. If you have sensitive skin, exfoliate on the days you do not shave so you are less likely to cut yourself shaving. Always glide the razor on your skin instead of pushing down as you shave. This will make the razor go over your skin more evenly. Another good habit to get into is using shaving cream to better protect your skin.

Our last tip may sound a little strange, but it works. Applying deodorant over the sensitive areas you shaved will prevent irritation. Give it a try and see for yourself, but you might want to buy a separate stick for your bikini area.

Kate Wilke is a 200-RYT yoga instructor, meditation teacher, and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. She teaches and works with clients in Nashville, TN. She believes in self-care in the form of colorful, healthy cooking, daily walks with her dog, and a glass of red wine. Follow her on Instagram — @meditatekate