Hey superstars! This is my first time posting my own thread here, so I just wanted to start off by saying hi and thank you! I don't even remember how I found this site, but I've now spent hours scouring the pages and learning so much about my body and the things I can use on it (Boric Acid, really?! That'll be my next post)- so thank you for all your relatable questions and informative answers :)
Anyway, my issue here is with shaving. I don't really do much regular maintenance down there currently, as I'm in a long-distance relationship and no one's seeing my vagina on a regular basis. However, I'm moving in August (he lives in Australia, I live in Reno, Nevada- we're the UBER long distance relationship!) and I would like to be able to keep it better maintained down there.
When my boyfriend has been in town before, I've tried different methods of hair-removal, and EVERYTHING ended badly. When I shaved, I ended up with a lot of bumps...I'm not sure if they're ingrown hairs (I'm black and have naturally curly hair, so perhaps they were from that?), or what, but I got a lot of bumps. I tried waxing when he was here in December and 1) the hair grew back really fast- he was only here for two weeks and by the second week I was all stubbly- wtf? Is that normal?! and 2) I got bumps everywhere again, and it was SO bad and embarrassing. I dont' think my boyfriend noticed (or if he did, he's a sweetheart and didn't say anything), but my entire vulva was covered in red bumps of varying shapes and sizes. I tried some of that anti-bump shaving cream and they went away, but it was just awful. I'm thinking that might have happened because we had a lot of sex and perhaps all the friction on my freshly waxed/shaved skin causes irritation, but I just don't know what to do. I feel like I do have pretty sensitive skin, but I shave my legs and armpits just using cheap razors/shaving cream and there's never any problems- it only seems to happen on my vagina :( It's very frustrating for me...I do think it looks/feels nicer when I'm completely shaved, but I also don't want a bumpy vagina every time.
I should also mention that I tend to use cheap razors, so could that be the problem? I've seen people on here recommend men's beard trimmers, would that help? Or is there any sort of cream I should be using to prevent bumps? Thankfully, I've got a few months to experiment with shaving so I can find something that works before I move down there. Does anyone else have this problem with the bumps?
Please help and thanks in advance! :)