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Swimsuits are popping up on all the style sites. For men, summer means just another pair of boardshorts. For women, though, summer and swimsuits mean that tending the bikini line is a must.

Grooming the bikini area is one of the most difficult shaving feats. Sensitive skin combined with the most delicate of areas makes women apprehensive. Nicks and cuts hurt so much worse down below. And irritation becomes more prominent and embarrassingly visible.

No woman wants to be seen scratching itchy razor bumps in public. Although keeping the skin moisturized  helps make it less prone to irritation and ingrown hairs, no matter how careful the shave, those occasional bumps—red, itchy and annoying—will somehow make an appearance.

While there is no magic cream to completely ward off red razor bumps, there are ways to keep irritation, redness and bumpy itchiness in check.

Tips for Avoiding Bumps!

The bikini line is the most irritable area to shave. So use care and caution before grabbing the razor.  Make sure you always trim longer hairs. Never shave long bikini hairs!

Before you even touch the skin with the razor, make sure the blade is sharp! Never use a dull razor on the area. A dull blade results in cuts, scrapes and irritation. If you’re using a disposable razor, grab a new razor just for this area. This ensures a clean fresh blade…your other razor also could harbor bacteria or other gunk from your legs.

When shaving the bikini line, go with the hair…not against the hair. While shaving against the hair gives a closer shave, it tends to result in irritation on the bikini area. Remember, the skin is very sensitive and delicate. Use a quality shaving lubricant like a thick foaming gel, a heavy cream or even oil (coconut oil is great!) to ensure a close comfortable shave.

Pampering the Itchy Bumps

No matter how careful you shave, those bumps will happen. Control the itching and irritation with these at-home remedies:

Oatmeal Baths

Colloidal oatmeal soothes itchy skin…yes, even razor rashes. Soak in a lukewarm oatmeal bath to help relieve itching and irritation.

Moisturize

Sometimes a good moisturizer takes the irritation out of those bumps. Keep post-shaven bikini lines hydrated with your favorite body lotion.

Tend Skin® Liquid

Tend Skin® Company offers products to reduce redness & bumps. Tend Skin® Liquid is the miracle for the bikini area. A layer of liquid helps rid the skin of bumps and keeps itching under control. Use the liquid as soon as you notice irritation to avoid any embarrassing itching.

Hydrocortisone Cream

Want super fast itch relief? Use hydrocortisone cream on those nasty red itchy bumps. The cream stops itching in its tracks and is a staple for other rashes as well.

Tea Tree Oil

Use a cotton ball to swipe a small amount of tea tree oil and water (dilute the oil!) onto bumps.

Witch Hazel

Witch hazel helps soothe and heal bumps and is a safe, natural and effective astringent for skin irritation. Use a cotton round to apply onto itchy areas.

While there isn’t a miracle cure to ensure that you will never experience an ingrown hair or razor burn on the sensitive bikini line, you can take precautions to keep skin nourished and prepared before shaving. And if those bumps do appear, take action and treat them before they cause you to run itching and miserable to the nearest restroom!

Written by Dr. Steven Rosen
Many great inventions and discoveries in the world were unintentional or just plain accidents. The story you are about to read concerning a breakthrough in the cosmetics field relates another great accidental discovery. In 1985, in an office in South Florida, Dr. Steven Rosen, a dentist at that time was working on a patient. The patient was a private investigator. Medication was given to the patient to alleviate the pain associated with his treatment. Two days later, the patient noticed a dramatic improvement not only in the pain level, but in his skin as well. His face, which was full of razor bumps, had cleared up! The man couldn't wait to tell the dentist what had happened. He called the dentist on the phone. He asked the dentist what he was doing to him. The dentist was worried and asked what he was talking about. He told the dentist that something the dentist was doing was clearing up his razor bumps. He told the dentist that since he started shaving 15 years earlier, he had tried everything available for razor bumps and nothing had worked until now. The investigator began to tell the dentist how important this discovery was. He mentioned that the dozens of products already on the market did not come close to producing the dramatic results he had achieved. He also said that this was a big problem in the military where a clean shave was required or you would have to get a shaving clearance from the dermatologist. Lawsuits had been filed in industry by workers who were fired because they were unable to get a clean shave for example where gas mask use was required Police must have clean shaves and so on. The dentist realized the importance of this discovery and determined which ingredient in the medication was improving the skin. Realizing that the ingredient could not be taken internally for long periods of time, the two men experimented with the formula in an attempt to apply it directly to the skin. It worked. It then took nine long years work to create a workable product and learn how to reach the market. . The dentist had a great discovery. Other uses for the formula arose in the same "chance" way that the formula was discovered. Women who bought the product for their husbands or boyfriends started trying it on ingrown hair problem they had from shaving, waxing, and having electrolysis on their legs, bikini lines, and underarms. Not only did they report to the dentist that the ingrown hair problems had cleared, but that the formula worked as an excellent underarm deodorant. And the rest is history……… Thank you for letting us tell our story. We hope you enjoyed it.