Hyperpigmentation and ingrown hairs, the two biggest bikiniline banes, are typically a result of hair removal. “Hair wasn’t meant to be removed, so it causes some trauma when we do it,” Dr. Gohara says. “The skin reacts to shaving or waxing by inflating—each follicle creates a bubble to try to protect the hair.” If you’re prone to these issues and you shave, use “a simple one- or two-blade razor to minimise the risk of irritating the skin. Go with the grain of the hair, and use a shaving cream or an oil, not a bar soap, to help ease the hair out of the follicle,” Dr. Gohara says.
If you wax, “try using a benzoyl peroxide wash for a few days beforehand to decrease inflammation-causing bacteria in the area and a little over-the-counter cortisone right afterward to decrease redness and irritation,” Dr. Day says. But if ingrown hairs are a major problem for you, know that waxing is probably the worst option. “It removes the hair from the follicle, and when it grows back, it can come in at an angle, leading to an ingrown,” Dr. Day says. Opt for professional hair removal like laser or Intense Pulsed Light (IPL); you’ll need about six treatments for best results. Try Bubble Gum Wax ( RM99 for Brazilian first trial, bubblegumx.com) or Apronbay ( RM98 for Brazilian first trial, apronbay.com).