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Shaving rash

Shaving rash is a common problem for men with curly hair, or for women who shave their bikini-line pubic hair. (Pubic hair is naturally more curly than head hair.) The medical term is ‘pseudofolliculitis barbae’ or ‘sycosis barbae’; it is a syndrome also called ‘barber’s itch’ or ‘razor lumps’.

Normally, the weight of each individual hair straightens it slightly. When you shave, a remnant of hair is left in the hair follicle. As this starts to grow out of the follicle, it may immediately curve round into the surrounding skin, because there is nothing to keep it straight. The ingrowing hair irritates the skin and can cause a lumpy reaction, especially in black skin (Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 2002;46:2[2 Suppl]:S113–9). The next time you shave, you will nick the tops of the lumps, worsening the inflammation and perhaps allowing an infection to occur.

How to prevent shaving rash

Do not pull on the skin. Hairs are most likely to ingrow if you pull the skin while you are shaving, to get a close shave. This makes the hairs pop out of the follicle. Afterwards, the cut tip retracts into the follicle and then turns into the wall of the follicle.
 
Shave in the direction of the growth of the hairs. If the hairs naturally grow downwards, pull the razor downwards.
 
Avoid a close shave. The aim is to shave the hairs just above the skin, when they have already emerged from the hair follicle. Use an electric razor or an ordinary single-blade razor. Double-blade or triple-blade razors give too close a shave.
 
Prepare your skin before shaving, by using a good shaving gel, oil or foam, and thoroughly wet it into the hairs.
 
Check your razor is in good condition. If it is the disposable type, make sure you use a new one each time. If it is electrical or blade, check it is clean.
 
How to deal with shaving rash. Curing shaving rash is tedious and will leave you with stubble for a few weeks.
 
Analyse the problem. Inspect the area with the help of a magnifying mirror. You may be able to see the hairs curling inwards. Have a good look for tiny yellow pustules, and redness and inflammation around the hair follicles or the tips of the ingrowing hairs – this could mean infection with staphylococci bacteria.
 
If you can see them, try to get the tips of the ingrowing hairs out of the skin. Soak a towel in hot water and put it on the skin for a few minutes to soften the hairs. Then very carefully, using clean tweezers, pull the end of the hair out of the bump. Do not pull the whole hair out of the skin – just the loose end. Then with small scissors cut off the end of the hair that is curling back, quite close to the skin.
 
Stop shaving. Grow a beard and cut off the hair close to the skin with nail scissors (designer stubble look). You might like to know about a report that women are more attracted to men with stubble, rating them as tough, mature, dominant, masculine and the best romantic partners, according to University of Northumbria research (Daily Telegraph, 29-Jun-08). As the hair grows, it should grow slightly straighter, and not grow back into the skin. If the problem is in the pubic area, stop shaving and remove the hair after a few weeks with a depilatory cream if you wish.
 
If you think the rash is infected, dab on a mild antiseptic such as tea tree oil. The infection may clear up on its own if you stop shaving. If it does not improve after a few days, see your doctor again; you might have a fungal infection.
 
Exfoliants remove the dead cells from the surface of the skin. They will not prevent the hairs turning in, but they may help to flatten the bumps. So if the bumps are slow to settle, exfoliants might be worth trying. Do not use them if your skin is inflamed or infected. There are various types of exfoliants. Facial scrubs usually contain tiny particles of pumice. Alpha hydroxy acids (fruit acids), in creams and face washes, have an exfoliant action. Alpha hydroxy acid creams are often labelled as ‘anti-ageing’; check the ingredients label.
 
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Written by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Edited by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Last updated: Tuesday, August 2nd 2011

 


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Posted by mith on 19/02/2014 at 05:55

Hi, I agree to this but I need help. I work in a men's wear garment shop. I am a person who likes keeping my face clean and so I shave regularly. my only problem is that when I shave, I feel like the blade is literally pulling my hair. I do not understand why this happens despite I using the best shaving cream and the best blade for my cut throat razor. any suggestions? I'll appreciate very much if I do get a response. thank u.

Posted by Alton brown on 09/09/2013 at 05:57

I use battery beard trimmer to shave down theire I shave once a month with no trouble so for so good the ladies I've been likes to way it looks and likes how it feel when we have sex also I like my women to be shaved down their ..

Posted by smiley on 16/03/2013 at 12:39

Thank you so much about all this information! Now i have stop worrying about this problem. i thought i had something wrong with me! everything that's said and written on this page shows to me everything that's actually happening. helped me a lot! Thank you.

Posted by Rose on 14/01/2013 at 02:18

I really still need help! It stings really bad! :(

Posted by ny on 29/12/2012 at 05:13

I had used a male shaving cream and a razor my last shaving and afterwards or the next day my skin start having bumps that it look like white pus is coming out it itches but it is only where my bikini line is

Posted by Matt on 21/12/2012 at 08:27

I use an electric shaver and have been using ingrown solution it works a treat and only takes a few days

Posted by Gormley on 28/11/2012 at 10:13

Before i shave my pubic hair i use a mixture of baby oil, conditioner and shampoo.This makes shaving my pubic hair a lot easier.Once i have shaved by pubes i then rub after shave lotion or some other cream on my shaved area.

Posted by Shorne on 21/10/2012 at 10:27

The shaver rash a.k.a. red bumps is folliculitis barbae and this is principally caused by shaving with a razor blade or straight edge razor. This skin irritation and problems with ingrown hairs has spawned the present day shaving revolt and exodus to more risky and skin damaging methods of hair removal. Methods like hair removal gels / cremes, waxing, plucking, epilators, laser procedures and home use IPL devices are not harmless or without side effects. Rethink shaving and take it to the next level with a sensitive skin electric shaver. It is the most safe, inexpensive and effective method of hair removal. http://wp.me/p2g7yR-T.

Posted by Optional on 17/07/2012 at 11:25

I have tackled this problem! Razor Burn Freedom by Swedish Skin Care took care of all of my post-hair removal problems!

Posted by kim on 26/06/2012 at 09:29

hey there I am a feminine guy who has recently started shaving my whole body and i am getting all the horrible red bumps and ingrown hairs which makes me feel totally unattractive for my new partner. How do i help it heal? I dont want it to scar, i do have sensitive skin so i want to be sure what i am using wont make it worse. I have looked at some of the permanent hair removals but i am a bit sceptical so i would love any help i can get.

Posted by Hasan on 10/04/2012 at 06:00

I have problem in my face. There grows new hair at outer area of my upper beard and lower beard, I mean my shaving area increasing day by day. I am worried it will grow up to my eye line and up to my chest line. So far I remember, in saloon, the barber shaved the outer are once a time and the next time I shaved. Why i did this , I don't know. I think, this causes the problem. At the same time, some light hair is growing surrounding my eye. I am worried it it goes bigger, what I will do. Another problem is that my beard is growing fast after each shave and it is getting white very fast. In the other parts of my body, hair is black. I am very very worried. Now i feel panic to do shave. What is the solution, pls let me know and make me free from frustrations.

Posted by Optional on 06/03/2012 at 10:06

when i shave literally the next day i get shaving rash and is sore for a week or so and i hate not being shaven please help me.. by recomending creams..

Posted by Optional on 05/03/2012 at 03:18

After shaving cover the area with sudocrem and the morning after use a moisturizing deodorant like dove or vaseline, the roll on is the best, this stops the chicken skin look. It you get dark marks its normally ingrown hairs, read above on how to sort these out and make sure you exfoliate whilst just after shaving and this really helps.

Posted by Optional on 27/02/2012 at 03:30

I shaved me arse hair one time and found it was a mistake. Very itchy arse for weeks. Just let it grow.

Posted by Optional on 11/01/2012 at 07:29

I shaved about a wk ago above my vagina area now my hair is growing back but I have a lot of tiny sore bumps with white heads on them what could this be

Posted by Optional on 04/01/2012 at 08:08

i shaved and a few days later it began to itch is red and has lumps i dont know what to do

Posted by Rebecca on 01/01/2012 at 10:45

To most of the people asking for help, my advice is to READ THE FREAKING ARTICLE ABOVE. SERIOUSLY!!! Oh and btw if you're having problems with Nair, Veet, etc uuh you KNOW the labels says not to use that on the genitals right? ALSO READ LABELS FFS. Those are your reproductive organs you're playing with! Although this could weed out the stupid people. =]

Posted by Optional on 24/12/2011 at 05:20

Shaved the other day with a cheapo disposable triple blade razor and some bad shave cream and aftershave. broke out very badly. i bought some bic sensitive single blade razors, new good shave cream and aftershave im going to try out next time i shave. cheapest razors you can buy, but i read some reviews and people swear by them saying they've tried it all(expensive namebrands, old school style razors, etc...) and come back to that one. probably going to wait a week or two before i shave again becuase my breakout was so bad. will never make that mistake again. hopefully. try and avoid shave cream and gels and aftershaves with lots of harsh chems in them and many things you never heard of.

Posted by Optional on 06/12/2011 at 09:30

Pls i need help ever since i started shaving my armpits and pubic are a rash always appear theire. It has even advanced into lumps. Pls help me

Posted by England on 06/12/2011 at 12:16

Hi guys the best tip I can give you is to bikini wax! I suffered red itchy spotty skin after shaving for years and one day decided to get waxed instead! It is the best decision I ever made! It doesn't hurt that much and you never itch or get spots again! Best of all it lasts for a month atleast!

Posted by Lulu on 22/11/2011 at 07:08

Hi, i shaved my genital areas and i have really red and raw skin which hurts but i cant go to the doctors because i am younger than my age says so what do i do????? xx

Posted by Rosey on 06/11/2011 at 11:52

Hey well im black girl and started shaving like 2 years back but didn't continue any longer.When i shaved,I used to use shaving cream on my vagina and even on my underarms but now the problem was the rash on my vagina/chicken skin,then i would have these black spots appearing and would have my vagina turn dark .I want to start shaving again so what can i use to prevent all of the above mentioned?

Posted by Mwaxi on 01/11/2011 at 12:20

quite helpful

Posted by soreface on 29/09/2011 at 09:37

Hi There, I suffered with bad shaving rash for years! I recently discovered a great product that gives a clean painfree shave. www.totalshave.com It comes in a handy little bottle that you can bring travelling in hand luggage. Don't be deceived by the size of the small bottle. I got 5 months out of the 25ml bottle, so it is great value to. I'd highly reccommedn it to anyone with sensitive skin! Thanks

Posted by Optional on 21/09/2011 at 08:01

i used veet for removing the public hair bt after removing itz itching and burning on that area wat should i do?

Posted by Optional on 12/09/2011 at 02:30

Sudocrem after shaving works a treat!!

Posted by Optional on 07/09/2011 at 07:44

is it normal to use veet hair removal cream on your groin? what do i do i have red spots on my penis head after i masturbate and i have pearly penile papules ..how to get rid of both?

Posted by Optional on 19/08/2011 at 07:38

I shaved down stairs and hey i wont dare do it again it itches like hell

Posted by Anonymous on 18/08/2011 at 11:26

Well thank you so much i thought i had crabs for a second but i always shave my pubic hair and its jus razor rash OMG relieved

Posted by s on 26/07/2011 at 11:06

i dont know whats wrong with my face or how to find a cure. i been shaving for 3 years now and as a result my cheeks got darker and irritated. i stop shaving however the marks seem to be everlasting and i still get razor bumps

Posted by Optional on 19/07/2011 at 09:33

I have really really bad razor. Lumps ALL over the surface of my area.. Its so bad that i feel like the only way i will be able to get rid of it is if i pluck each individual hair out.. Which 1. Would take forever, and 2. Hurt wayyy too much for my low pain tollerance... I dont know what to do because this happens every time i shave.. I even have scars developing from it.help :(w

Posted by Optional on 17/07/2011 at 12:28

Good tips . I will move to monitor all this tips in my body

Posted by No on 16/07/2011 at 07:31

Am quite hairy so i shave oftenly but i have lots of bumps how can i get rid of them?

Posted by Optional on 14/07/2011 at 08:27

After shaving use deodorant works wonders =D

Posted by Optional on 29/06/2011 at 04:57

Sorry did not help at all and you to be discribing a guys facial hair.

Posted by Ashlyn on 30/05/2011 at 06:07

Umm like saturday morning i shaved my pussy and i ussualy just shave my legs and pits but i hated my long pussy hairs and so i shaved and late saturday evening it started to itch. i went to the bathroom and i seen like a zillion little red and skin color bumps and im like oh no big deal it will be gone tmro and so right now theyre still there and it itches like heck and i think it was because i have never shaved there or because the razor gel so thanks help me and tell me if i need a doc.

Posted by "Classified" on 27/05/2011 at 10:24

Ok i have just shaved a few days ago with a razxor i found i my moms bathroom i cleaned it and then i started to shave,i got a stubly shap fealing and i tryed shaving again and it started to bleed i put preasher on it and it stoped bleeding and its not gone yet.

Posted by Optional on 23/05/2011 at 07:57

i started shaving my pubic area about 3 days ago and i came out with loads of red spots. Its really itchy and im not sure what i can do...

Posted by Santra on 02/05/2011 at 02:50

I have shaved my legs once,in fact that was my first ever method of hair removal.After that,I only used to wax.But after that whenever I get a wax,I never gets a clean leg.Its always like I could see the root of the hair as black spots.The salon people told me its because I have shaved it the first time and it would be like that only.Is it true?Or is there any other way to get a nice clean legs.I would be much obliged if you could help me in this situation.

Posted by lisa smith on 28/04/2011 at 06:05

i use a epilater to shave my legs.but wen iv finished shavin i get a really bad rash on my legs and its tere for a few days wot can i do to stop this rash.

Posted by TK on 24/04/2011 at 05:21

I have developed a fungal infection in my butt it's been while now. My doctor has prescribed different anticeptic ointment including dilucorte which I had faith in in the beginning because the irritation felt better on the first few weeks of the treatment. To cut the long story short, nothing seems to work for me. I hate it when I have to shave because it's guaranteed that I will have more irritations on my private part, in between thighs and my butt. It's so embarassing to be constantly running to the bathroom to clean yourself with Dettol or Savlon. Can a good a Samaritan referre me to a specialist who deals with these kind of problems, I have given up on tyring OTC products and I hate myself right now. I am situated in GP in the Eastrand. Can please someone help!

Posted by Here to help :) on 27/03/2011 at 11:02

Hey 15 year old sounds like you need some help I'm 16 and get the same thing and it is sooooo embaressing...!! Its even worse for me as I'm pale skinned and have really dark hairs. But what I find helps is if you try and wax your upper lip! This gets rid of hairs for ages and it removes the whole root too!! This then let's a new hair grow which shouldn't curl and cause you to get ingrown hairs like your getting... :) this works really well for me and I only have to have it waxed once a month which I do myself with no problem. I hope this helps you... Good luck

Posted by help me on 23/03/2011 at 03:02

Please help me guyzz! i am a girl, 15 years old of age, and i am very curious that there are some hairs growing in my upperlips, because some girls don't usually having a growing hairs in their upper lips, and i feel embarassed and i don't know how can i remove it and shave it because i am afraid if it will rapidly grow again, how can i remove it and prevent it not to grow again? pleasE ANSWER THIS QUESTION..

Posted by Curly on 20/03/2011 at 10:48

If everything on the net was this clear . Struggled with this foe eons - finally have a plan - thank you

Posted by Optional on 10/03/2011 at 02:11

After shaving use either rubbing alcohol (stings a little) or a solution like the one your given when you get your ears peirced. Works like a charm!

Posted by Optional on 23/02/2011 at 11:16

im really only a 14 year old but i shave down stairs because i just plain dont like the hair and i get really itchy and my mums boyfriend told me to put this oil on it but it dose not work that good at all please if someone could help me it would be great

Posted by OptionalPrometheus on 23/02/2011 at 08:25

Shaving in the direction of growth cuts the hairs obliqually, putting a point like a hypodermic needle on each hair, and as the hair tends to curl in towards the skin the point is pushed into the skin, forming an ingrown hair. It is best to shave twice, first againstb the growth, and then with the growth; this rounds the cut end slightly and avoids ingrown hair. Doing as the DR recommends is inviting dozens of ingrown hairs.

Posted by Booga Booga Booga (: on 22/02/2011 at 09:49

When i shave my underarms, i get rashes and little pimpley type things. I normally wait for them to go away before i shave again which normally takes 4-5 days. I've started to shave the way the hair grows like it says up there, and i don't get it anymore (: so happy. Now i can wear singlet tops again!! (:

Posted by o on 16/02/2011 at 10:20

i shave monthly and i realise that when i get out of the shower and apply oil like jasmin oil or olive oil it helps keep it from itching, if you apply it after you wake up and before you go to sleep it helps a lot, keep doing this until your shaved area doesn't look so sore or feel as sore. hope that helped..

Posted by Optional on 07/02/2011 at 07:08

I get bumps or spots around my pubic region and on top of my bum cheeks.I also get bumps on my thighs and tops of my arms. What could this be and ifi shave my pubic region and legs will it make it worse and if I stop shaving will it make any diffence.I need advice with this I don't want to damag my skin any more and why does this happen to some people they are icthy at times mainly night and when I am cold I have hadthis for about 3 years now would it ever go away. Please help

Posted by Optional on 30/01/2011 at 06:03

Arrrgh all of my friends shave downstairs without a problem and don't get this itchy/red shaving rash and it seems I'm the only one who does :( it really knocks my self confidence because I find I never want to wear bikinis without shorts over the top! I'm young and just want to be able to go out and have fun with my friends in the sun in just a bikini with no shorts but I'm too embarrassed someone will notice my red spots...!! I have quite chunky legs and my mum thinks it's because it rubs...?? I've tried loosing weight and I have but that didn't work.... :'( I'm going on holiday soon and need help on finding a cure asap...!! Please give me some advice.thanks x

Posted by Lu on 29/01/2011 at 10:59

I have lots of little spots on that area, what should I do that really works, I feel very embaressed about sex and it's putting me off the idea sometimes, help?

Posted by Mysterygirl on 26/01/2011 at 11:40

Thanks for the post! Love when you get extra detail on the problem and how to fix it :)

Posted by kalel on 21/01/2011 at 04:14

i have a question i have red bumps where i shaved and there are a few of them and each one has hair growing out of each one on my pubes and their red and they hard when i touch them is that just razor bumps the bumps are only where i shaved the most and where my hair grows. plz answer me asap so i can stop worrieing and how do i get rid of the razor bumps fast

Posted by Anon on 20/01/2011 at 06:16

Hey, iv only had this problem with using dull razors and I forgot and did so today! I have physical therapy which requires shorts (due to the massage part) TOMRROW my leg is red and bumpy how do I get rid of it in 15 hours it's so not cute

Posted by tiara on 11/01/2011 at 02:29

I have a problem with my legs,I have had started shaving at a very young age(before I could reach puberty) I have noticed black spotts occure all over my legs from my anckles to my bikini area I have tried bio oil,cocoa butter the works and nothing seems to be helping me please someone help me out I'm desperate thank you

Posted by jazmynjellybeanz on 29/12/2010 at 06:48

This was quite helpful. I have an issue of shaving rashes occuring after shaving my underarms. It is a growing problem I wish to fix because it makes it hard to maintain good hygine (when these rashes occur, I can not use deoderant, and I cannot shave. this limits me to long sleeved shirts and applying baby powder continuously.) I hope this information can help me in my issue. Thank you! :)

Posted by A Fellow Struggler on 10/12/2010 at 01:23

I also suffer from razor rash downstairs, I have had it non-stop for the last 3 years due to shaving. With my previous partner it was okay, it did not bother him in the slightest (love makes us all blind). But now that I'm with a new partner it forces me to cover it up with whatever I can, long tops, darkness, staying under the covers!! Horrible thing is he will eventually find out how bad it really is, it's so embarrasing and I constantly have new ingrown hairs and marks from where I couldn't help but pick! :( I'm quite a confident girl but with very curly hair, so razor rash has knocked me seriously with my new sexual partner! I have to say though, I did think my problem was a very uncommon one... evidently not! x

Posted by Optional on 26/11/2010 at 04:21

how to stop shaving hands? because i was comfortable doing so and never realized that it would make my hair grow thicker and harder... and they point as a needle.. how can i get back the soft silky smooth skin back ... need help asap!!!

Posted by Optional on 23/11/2010 at 07:13

I shaved in the bath 2 days ago just using water and a razour today as I looked down at my penis it had red dots around the penis. Is that normal for a first time shaver? And will it go away? Please comment.

Posted by Optional on 20/11/2010 at 10:51

I use a product called min new york solution 2 rollerball. It clears up my shaving rash. It can be bought online in the UK easy enough. My wife uses it also for her ingrown hair problem she has from waxing

Posted by Optional on 30/10/2010 at 07:29

I always getting extreme itching etc after shaving and even using hair removal creams, on bikini line and legs. I use Dermaid cream which has 1% hydrocortisone, for bikini line etc. Get it from pharmacies, you have to ask for it. most of the time it helps. Also use Neutrogena shower gel or other with no soap. :)

Posted by Optional on 27/10/2010 at 09:54

How do i get rid of these tiny hairs on my chin on both sides of my chin as they make these ugly dark marks and the irritating hair keeps coming.

Posted by laz on 14/10/2010 at 01:29

whats up guys well im 16 years old and i use 2 shave my legs at 13-14 years old i always shaved my balls since 12 years old and for u guys with the red rash trust me ben dere dun dat it itchys alot but its only becuase ur skins not use 2 it i got the bumbs for about 6 to 8 weeks but i would shave on top of the bumps having all dat hair is a turn off for girls lol but it paid of i dont even need 2 use soap now i could just shave jus keep shaving oh and for the ichynes put lotoin on and try not 2 think about it;now heres my problem i shaved ma arms about 3 days ago and i never had shaved them because i didnt wana get the rash on it but idk what i was thinking and i shaved ma stomach arms and legs now i have the rash all over im thinking i should keep shaving over time it wil get use 2 it my mom told me shaving against the hair growth wouldnt be a good idea so im shaving in 2 days the other way if i get the rash i kno what it is now the questoin is what happens if i get it i dont wana have gorila hair lol well check this and let me know what u think and if u cld help me my girl says alchol would help but idk she soundid crazy lol

Posted by Zorra on 06/10/2010 at 10:06

To: 12yearold! on 07/09/2010 In case you've not been given an answer, always feel safe going to your mother or your school nurce about body changes and shaving. To help you, BikiniZone has an Anti-Bumps Save Gel for the bikini area that helps to fight bumps and irritation. It's a blue gel in a 4 fl oz tube. Most BikiniZone products are found with the specialty saving gels and waxes in the cosmetic department. Some stores may put the product in the parmacy-health and beauty area with shampoos. But always check cosmentics first for the best options. Use this gel in small doses over the shaving area as you work, not all at once and follow the dirrections. This formula is great on sensative skin as well. It will also help prevent razor burn and itching/stringing. For your more immedate problem, find a hand or body lotion (fragrance free is best) and rub it gently into the skin after you've dryed off. What you are experancing is razor burn from shaving to closely to the skin, either by pulling on the skin, shaving in the wrong dirrection, or going over an area more then once. Remember, not all razor burn or bumps are felt until the skin is dry. Soaking your legs (ect.) in the water after shaving is a good idea too. Because you are new to shaving the bikini area, it's going to be more sensative to the razor. (Especially if you went brizilian and shaved 'downthere' all the way under!) For example, I can shave my legs with nothing more then a bit of water on the razor if I have too and not worry too much about razor burn or cutting. The body gets used to it after a few years and shaving is easier. However, shaving the bikini area will always remain a bit tender, but the more you do it the less likely you'll experance the reddness and intolerable discomfort to the extent that you have now. Rub the lotion into the shaved area after you dry off, then cover it with cloth (for legs, it can be tight or loose clothing) the goal is to limit air exposure which drys out the skin and irritates the cuts and rash. This will reduce the itching and burning. You may need to reapply lotion a few more times for a more sever reaction such as you have now. The next day (or a few hours later), put on a little babyoil or more lotion to rehydrate the skin. Also, drink water and maybe an apple juice to help rehydrate the skin and bloot up the area a little. This will help it heal faster. Be sure to change into clean undergarments every few hours to avoid infections from clogged pores, sweat, ect. Do not shave the area again for 72 hours at least! Always wait 24 hours after shaving 'downstairs' before getting into pool water as the cemicals will burn like hell if you're sensitive! Also, if you want to go over an area a second time due to missed hairs or needing a closer shave, finish your first shave, then rinse, relather with a shaving gel or foam (gel is better), and shave the spots you want to go over a second time. Always relather when going over a shaved area again! BikiniZone also makes a pink formula that's designed for your legs. Sometimes the two are sold as a set. I recomend using a shaving gel out of a can for the legs. Avoide using bar soap, bodywash, or shampoo to shave with. If you want use a hair-removal cream, buy one designed for bikini areas (Neer or ForLegs is best for darker, harder to remove hair) but you will likely have to leave it on up to the 10 min max. Often hairs will be left behind. Wait 6-12 hrs and you can pluck them with tweezers or in 24-48hrs you can go over the area with a razor and gel. Do not use removal cream more then once a week and never within 24hrs of shaving the area. Instructions and warnings for all this will be on the bottle. However, speaking from years of experance and regret over shaving mistakes, I'd save your money and go to the salon at walmart and have a professional wax job done so that you don't have to worry about accidently expanding your shaving area beyond the norm. That's the one thing I'd go back and change if I was your age again. Shaving sucks! Best of luck to you and I hope this artical was helpful to you and to others that are just beginning to shave.

Posted by 12yearold! on 07/09/2010 at 12:44

helooor, im a 12 year old girl, and about 2 dayss ago i shaved 'downstairs' and yesterday and today i went in the shower and noticed that i was red and a few little spots/bump there. this was very sore to touch, bt i donk now why and wat ive done wrong... im too scaired to tell my mum tht ive shaved just in case the shouted at me! does anyone know wat i can do to help this a.s.a.p because its very depressing and sore and i cant sleep because of it... thankyhu for the help ;D xxxxx <3

Posted by hotty on 04/09/2010 at 08:52

thankyou for the help cause i had no idea i thouhgt it was my swelling but i guess not its just a shaving rash

Posted by Optional on 04/09/2010 at 07:14

Thanks :)

Posted by help on 31/08/2010 at 02:37

hi i shaved last night for the first time my pubic hair it has always been quite thick i only did this because i am going through the menopause and i havent been sleeping with my hubby of 29 yrs for about 4 months i thought he had gone off me so i shaved to try and make my self more respectable now i wish i hadent how long will it take to grow back and will it be really itchy i feel really sweaty down there now its horrible

Posted by Tochukwu on 26/08/2010 at 01:11

Hello, I have never shaved my pubic hair before. However I am considering attempting it for the first time. I am of African descent and I am prone to razor bumps. My skin is very sensitive. Can you advice me how I can shave without causing a rash down there. At the moment it is very smooth although quite hairy. I know it is not too hygienic to have it like this. This is why I will be grateful for your advice.

Posted by Optional on 20/08/2010 at 01:59

hey im 23 and im male i shave my balls bout 35days ago i made mistake not useing soap was bit drunk but ever since then i had problems red balls burning realy painfull when my balls touch sheets on my bed or when i wear underwear gets realy red and starts burning. what is it and how do i fix it?

Posted by Maria on 18/08/2010 at 07:43

i shaved my upper lip hair and now my lip is kinda redish and has a few red dots on it and whenever i touch it, it feels like it's numb. how do i get it away!?

Posted by Optional on 17/08/2010 at 06:53

Hello Since the age of 16 I have had problems when shaving my public area. I would only do it when in a relationship, but every time i did shave it, using a normal razor and sensitive foam, i would get a rash the next day which would last for nearly two weeks and still does. It looks terrible and feels it. Sometimes it puts me off sex and makes my low self esteem even worse. I don't want to try waxing there because i have to wait till i get 4cm of hair before they can wax it and by then the rash has just taken effect. I have sensitive skin and acne I am not winning. Someone help?

Posted by karen on 26/07/2010 at 04:23

to optional who posted on the 30 6 2010.hello,the best thing you can do for your legs is to wax them.strip waxing i think will be a lot better for you.karen

Posted by faizaan on 07/07/2010 at 01:02

my shaving hair is getting white day by day...i do shave two times in a week and every weak i find, my shaving hair whitness is rapidly increasin...please suggest something...thanks

Posted by shai on 06/07/2010 at 07:30

how do i get rid of the ugly marks left behind... black dots!! but at the same time the hair still grows and the bumbs still occour even if i dont shave...

Posted by Optional on 02/07/2010 at 01:02

This wedsite Rocks I love this wedsirtes it knows what I'm talking about, it has the information what I need :)

Posted by Optional on 30/06/2010 at 06:22

Hi, I am having a problem with shaving my legs. I can use body washes and gels for my under arms and pubic area and it doesn't affect my skin in any way. But when i shave my legs they go extremely itchy and dry straight after i get out of the shower and it gets very irritating and hard to sleep. I used shaving gels at first on my legs but that just made it worse, now i can only shave with water over my legs. It has been bothering me for a few years now and is leaving scarring on my legs. What should I do?

Posted by karen on 29/06/2010 at 03:42

to optional who posted 28 6 2010.hello your posting about a girl who died of stepptochochyl infection after shaving her pubic hair.deaths through in fections are extreamly rare but you can get infections,spots,shaving rash ect.maybe the best method for you especially to put your mind at rest would be to trim your pubic hair first and then strip wax to remove your publc hair.there is plenty of advice if you scroll down this page on how to avoid shaving rash on your pubic area.well i hope your mind is now at rest about shaving.good luck,karen xx

Posted by Optional on 28/06/2010 at 10:40

I have Type 1 diabetes and have seen reports of a girl who died from a strepptochochyl infection after shaving her bikini line. Does anyone know if this applies to any kind of hair removal process down there? I got a rash last time from shaving.

Posted by dawn on 24/06/2010 at 05:08

girls if you dont want pubic hair but want to avoid shaving rash do what i do shave just once and after 5 days start to trim.you cannot beat designer stubble.

Posted by dave on 16/06/2010 at 01:50

very helpfull information

Posted by karenl on 11/06/2010 at 06:25

to anonymous hi.to me your shaving rash is caused by two factors a sensative pubic area and thick pubic stubble.never use a electric razor as this causes rougher stubble to grow back.second do what i do shave your vaginal area twice a week using amixture of shaving foam and babyoil after you have your pubic stubble rub a mixture of aftershavebalm and babyoil on your shaved spot also rub babyoil on your shaved pubic area before you have sex as this stops friction between your bauld spot and your boyfriends pubichair.better still get your boyfriend to shave his and you rub babyoil on hisshaved spot there will be no rubbing or friction durring sex and no rash....keep it bauld girl....karen

Posted by karen on 11/06/2010 at 05:35

to sweet as sugar to stop you getting a rash on your face caused by your boyfriends stubble rub a little baby oil on your face this stops friction when kissing yours karen

Posted by karen on 11/06/2010 at 05:18

to the boy who has scars on his genitals the best way to get rid of scars or fade them at least is to rub creams on them that contain vitamin e good luck with your girlfriend.

Posted by Optionalkaren on 10/06/2010 at 03:45

to meg the best way to shave your pubichair with out getting shavingrash is to use amixture of shavingfoam and babyoil after that when shaved rub shavingbalm and babyoil on your clean bauld spot this will stop rashes goodluck meg ....karen

Posted by KT on 10/06/2010 at 07:49

I had the same problem with my armpits last year. So I just left them without shaving until it went back to normal again. It took like 2-3 weeks. You are going to tell me you can't leave it that long, but it was during last summer and I was on holiday so I had all the worries about having hairy armpits, but to be honest, I'd rather leave them to heal and have hair than be going around with bumps! And as for shaving rash, after you have shaved you should apply some talcum powder, I never get a rash or bumps or anything, especially when I shave my pubic hair.

Posted by NGOZI on 08/06/2010 at 12:12

NICE, BUT I HAVE THIS PROBLEM AT MY ARMPIT LIKE RAZOR BUMPS AND WHAT CAN I USE IT

Posted by Optionalkaren on 08/06/2010 at 07:25

shaving or waxing your pubic hair is a lot cleaner than having pubic hair . especially in summer and durring agirls period my vagina is and feels alot cleaner and sweats less since i started shaving 2years ago bauld is best.

Posted by depressed boy on 01/06/2010 at 05:54

hi,the skin above my upper lip an my chin looks really dark due to shaving.its not hair.it looks like hair from far but when you get closer its just the skin that is extremely dark.due to this,when i take photos,my chin n upper lip are extremely dark as if i have a beard even though im clean shaven.im really depressed.please help me.

Posted by Optionalname on 19/05/2010 at 05:17

Grrrrr..... every time i shave my face now i get like a rash of huge pimples along ONE side of my face not the right side, only the left side. its real weird to cause htey arn't like normal pimples, they are huge beg red raised blotches that only leak blood plasma when squeezes. can't figure out why only one side has started reacting like it does, i have been shaving for 4 years now and only just last week has this happened, i mean what gives?

Posted by Optional on 18/04/2010 at 06:09

when i once shaved my genitals i got a rash just like this, although when the rash went away i was left with little tiny scars. my new girlfriend doesn't believe that the scars are from that but in fact herpes or something and now she wont have sex with me. the scars are located right above the penis on the flat surface and also some on the shaft. is there any way i can get rid these scars?

Posted by Optional on 31/03/2010 at 04:21

I have had terrible problems shaving now for 6 years due to oily skin. I have tried nearly everything to help balnce and cure this. I recently tried a 2 part duo shaving kit from a UK business called ULLTRA and have to say after a few days I was able to get a much better shave, maybe its just luck but for me worth the try.

Posted by Meg on 20/03/2010 at 09:20

I shave 'downstairs', but it gets itchy, red and irritated. Stubble comes back the next day and it's really annoying. I've tried hair removal cream but it didn't remove all of the hair properly and was hard to use. I've considered waxing but I'm a wimp and scared of the pain, and I've also heard that waxing causes rashes in some people. What should I do, to get a smooth 'downstairs' without the irritation and razor burn?

Posted by Optional on 20/03/2010 at 06:25

Hi, I'm a 24 year old female and I've been having skin rash in my legs for quite sometimes. I went to a dermatologist, he suggest that i use Eucerine but it didn't help much. I have marks in my legs that i cannot wear shorts due to that. Any suggestions on how i can get rid of these marks? they're embarassing, HELP

Posted by Optional on 14/03/2010 at 09:02

ive been to the doctors got antibiotics and cream , but i have a terrible shaving rash between my legs and due to the moist area doesnt heal to well any advice on getting it to heal a little quicker

Posted by Optional on 07/03/2010 at 05:23

I used to (and still do) get a really itchy red infected rash on my thighs and most of the top half of my legs when i shave them, no matter what i do. My beautician who i use just for bikini waxes has seen a lot of it before, its very common in those with sensitive skin and strong dark hair (as i have). Try waxing instead.. i only wax now and have never had any problems. It's more painful but lasts much longer and in the end less painful as theres no itchiness or pain when touching thighs.

Posted by Alex on 07/02/2010 at 07:51

Beard trimmers are the way forward! A good trimmer will get hairs almost down to the skin but leave enough not to cause a rash or ingrowing hairs. I used to use an electric shaver and had a face full of rash and white heads. for the last 3 years I have not shaved down to the skin by using the trimmers and no more nasty rashes!

Posted by sweet like sugar on 03/02/2010 at 12:34

How do I prevent stubble rash on my chin from kissing guy's??

Posted by Anonymous on 02/02/2010 at 02:22

every time i shave my pubic hair, the hairs grow straight back the next day and this is sore to touch as well as it being sore when i try to shave soon after, i also suffer from little red spots in some areas which irritate and itch. how do i stop this because nothing seems to work :( ?

Posted by M.F. on 31/01/2010 at 09:02

This helps a lot.. I would also try (like it said) along the "grain" of the hairs or even a bit sideways. Use a shaving cream too, helps very much. I'm glad I'm not the only one who's had this problem aha.

Posted by Help please on 25/01/2010 at 09:13

Hey iv just started shaving my bikini area and I always get a rash with red bumps andit is do itchy. If hurts slot to itch it and it geeks like a harsh stubble now! I'm 2 imbarassed to tell anyone so please help thanks

Posted by Fred on 08/01/2010 at 08:05

my problem is the rash becomes more evident when not shaving for a while, then when shave it is really noticeable. in the days after the shave it fades very well, only to re-emerge after about 5 days of no shaving, or immediately after a shave.

Posted by tina on 08/01/2010 at 05:48

Well im a young teenager that shaves her back ! afta i do that my back has got red rash ( kind of looks like pimples ) but i dnt knw what it is anyways its been 2 months now since i have shaved and its still there , and when i shave my legs i get those stuff on my thighs ! i use water and razor and soap ! please can someone help me ! its on my arms , thighs & back :( please help me i cnt even show my arms anything !:(

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