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Zoeeyy.
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I have sensitive skin and everytime I shave "down there" I always get a rash. The rash looks like lots of really small red bumps and it doesnt get ichy it just hurts a little and looks like I have a STI (even though I dont). I even use shaving cream hoping that would work, but it doesnt.

How can I shave "down there" without getting a rash?

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CSandSourpatch
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I don't know how "down there" you mean by "down there", but, in my experience, as long as I'm not within a few inches of my vagina proper, I will use Veet or a similar cream depilatory with aloe designed specifically for use at the bikini line. It's fairly gentle, and though I do get a little bit of that razor burn still, it is far less than when I've shaved the same area in the past. (Tip: if you go this route, it very much helps to shower directly afterward. In fact, that seems to help whenever I shave, as well.)

Unfortunately, if you are shaving right down to your vagina, it's pretty sensitive skin, and can make life difficult in that regard, and you definitely do NOT want to be using even the gentlest of cream depilatories because of the chemicals.

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Robin Lee
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HI Zoeeyy,

Have you seen this shaving FAQ? I think it'll give you some ideas.

http://www.scarleteen.com/forum/ultimatebb.php?/ubb/get_topic/f/1/t/003629.html

Remember too that not shaving is always an option. Many people choose to leave things go 100% or just neatly trim the hair.

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copper86
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Hi!

When I shave down there, I often get the same bumps that you do. If I'm going too fast or not using enough shaving gel, it can really hurt. What I would suggest is to use warm water and a lot of shaving gel so there is more of a gap between your skin and the razor. How sharp or used is your razor? I find that blunt razors can really hurt me. CSandSourpatch has great ideas too, especially regarding showering right afterwards. Or you could shave while you're showering - the hot water will help. If I shave after recently shaving a day or two earlier (so there's not a lot of hair), that can really hurt too, and add more red bumps; so maybe be cautious of that.

I'm sorry if this post is too graphic! I just have a lot of experience getting those bumps. I hate them! Lol. You can also use some body lotion (sensitive products) on your skin too; or give the area room to breathe for a while. If I do a combination of these, my rashes or bumps usually fade in a few days.

[ 07-09-2012, 08:21 AM: Message edited by: copper86 ]

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Zoeeyy.
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Thank you so much everyone for your help =D

Also when I ment "down there", I meant that flat outside part of the vagina. I dont know the propper name for it but its where the pubic bone is (I think).

So if I use lots shaving cream for sensitive skin, warm water and a sharp razor the bumps wont occure? I found that body lotion worked a little, but the Johnsons Baby Powder worked really well =D

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If you use a blint razor and not a lot of shaving cream, you can really hurt yourself (I know that all too well!), but even if you do use a lot of cream and a sharper razor, you can still nick yourself. But, if you take your time and rinse out the blade, you will probably feel better and safer. Rushing while doing it can also cause cuts and bumps. Some razors have some shaving gel built onto them; and they leather up with the help of water, so those might help. If you use lots of cream, a good razor (sharp and one you have a good grip on), and warm water, your skin might get less irritated. I can't guarantee that you will not get any more bumps; but using those things might prevent you from getting a lot. How long have you been shaving that area? Your skin might build up a bigger resistance to the razor - that's sort of happened with my bikini line (I used to always get those bumps when I shaved; and now I don't get them as often if I don't rush). I'm glad that the powder is working for you! Good for you for finding something that works so well!

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Also?

http://hellyeahscarleteen.tumblr.com/post/26855541159/bodies-are-lumpy-and-bumpy

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In other words, bumps really aren't awkward. Just a thing. Lots of people will have them in various places whether they're from shaving or a million other things.

On top of that, most of the time, with most STIs, there are no visible symptoms at all. So, a shaving rash isn't likely to look like an STI, because an STI isn't likely to look like anything at all.

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