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A 18-year-old female asked:

when i shave my bikini area it hurts and i get red bumps (some are pimple like and/or ingrown hairs) afterwards that hurt as well. when the hair is growing back it's discomforting as well. is there anything i can do to prevent this? i use shaving cream w

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Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology 43 years experience
Shave daily: You should shave daily. Your dermatologist can give medication to help control problem if there are still sores.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Shaving tips: Insure you use fresh, sharp blades vice dull blades. If hair is > several mm long – then trim before shaving. Wash area before shaving – warm water helps to soften hair. Use a lubricant when shaving. Avoid using products that contain alcohol or are scented. Shave in direction of the hair – not against it. Be gentle when shaving – don’t push down too hard. Moisturize skin after shaving.
Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology 43 years experience
Shave daily: You should shave daily. Your dermatologist can give medication to help control problem if there are still sores.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Gentle: Insure you use fresh, sharp blades vice dull blades. If hair is > several mm long – then trim before shaving. Wash area before shaving – warm water helps to soften hair. Use a lubricant when shaving. Avoid using products that contain alcohol or are scented. Shave in direction of the hair – not against it. Be gentle when shaving – don’t push down too hard. Moisturize skin after shaving.
Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology 43 years experience
Shavings : There is a medication called vaniqa that may work. However shaving the area daily should also work if you still get sores your dermatologist can prescribe medication.
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 51 years experience
Folliculitis: You are probably developing folliculitis which is an inflammation of the hair follicles. You may get relief from this problem by using a depilatory cream such as nair or neet. These products work well and are much less apt to cause irritation.
Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology 43 years experience
Shave daily: You should shave daily. Your dermatologist can give medication to help control problem if there are still sores.
Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology 43 years experience
Shaving: You should shave every day and your dermatologist can give you meds for this.

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