Help: Shaved Leg Hair Yesterday. Pain, Pain, Pain.

  • Little_Spoon

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    Sep 22, 2010 3:53 AM GMT
    My legs are irritated and I'm uncomfortable as heck.

    Is this normal? Will it happen every time I shave them?

    What should I put on them for relief?

    Advice!!


    Edit:

    It's the upper part of my leg that's irritated. Below the knee is fine.
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    Sep 22, 2010 4:39 AM GMT
    Just keep your legs clean, dry, and cool. In other words, tight jeans or anything that will restrict airflow or trap moisture will only keep the area irritated.

    Also, in the future, use the sharpest, freshest razor. Use the expensive 5 bladed ones. Don't pull the razor more than once over an area. Use an astringent several times a day after you shave to keep the tender skin from becoming irritated from any kind of allergen or bacteria. Some "razor bumps" will always happen.
  • Little_Spoon

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    Sep 22, 2010 5:01 AM GMT
    What's an Astringent I can use on my legs?

    Just any?
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    Sep 22, 2010 2:27 PM GMT
    If you think shaving your legs hurst, just wait until you shave your pussy! Now that's really gonna hurt! icon_razz.gif
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    Sep 22, 2010 3:21 PM GMT
    the first time i shaved my legs for swimming was a mess! i did not clip before i started to shave and so it took me 4 hours because i got a lot of hair. i started to get annoyed with reapplying shaving cream so i just stopped. bad idea! i had razor burn so bad that it looked like i had zits all over my thighs. icon_sad.gif did you clip before? did you use soap or shaving cream? what kind of razor did you use? and why do you need to repeat shaving your legs?
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    Sep 22, 2010 3:24 PM GMT
    You should just clip them
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    Sep 22, 2010 3:56 PM GMT
    Nair is a good option for next time...

    Make sure to watch for ingrown hairs too, those can be a bitch.
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    Sep 22, 2010 4:10 PM GMT
    nair works much better than a razor. If you don't want to use nair just clipper cut. ingrown hairs can be a bitch
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    Sep 22, 2010 4:29 PM GMT
    batman192 saidIf you think shaving your legs hurst, just wait until you shave your pussy! Now that's really gonna hurt! icon_razz.gif


    LOL. ROFL. Then...he'll have something to whine about.
  • swimmermatt10...

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    Sep 22, 2010 4:35 PM GMT
    If you think that hurts try shaving your entire body. I have to do it 2 times a year for swimming and without fail i will get razor burn or ingrown hairs SOMEWHERE on my body. I'm assuming this is your first time and when you shave your legs (especially the upper part which tends to have more hair) for the first time it will be a little painful but it goes away after time, your skin gets used to it. Also use clean razors, if it's been used a fair amount it will hurt as well. From personal experience, i suggest NOT to use Nair. Shit stings like a mother fucker.
  • FitnReel

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    Sep 22, 2010 8:06 PM GMT
    The best thing for any type of razor burn or irritation is tea tree oil. I use it every time after i shave my face. It minimizes ingrown hairs too. It is only available in health food stores.
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    Sep 22, 2010 8:27 PM GMT
    wtf did you do this? Trim next time, fool icon_wink.gif
  • Sk8Tex

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    Sep 22, 2010 8:35 PM GMT
    If you think thats bad...try getting it on your face and neck EVERY time you shave. Thats why I constantly have this not quite a beard look. lol... icon_sad.gif But what I have found to be helpful is wash the area really well before hand with a washrag and not just soap and water. Exfoliation before and after shaving helps ALOT, also when shaving go with the grain ie; in the same direction the hair grows and not against it. Try to do clean strokes once over an area as you will start to get into severe razor burn if you have to go back over an area repeatedly to get it smooth.

    Lastly some types of shaving creams are extremely helpful to those of us with sensitive skin, I was recommended by a dermatologhist to try Zuhr shaving cream (not sure of the spelling on that) but its a mens shaving cream with menthol or eucalyptus in it which is extremely soothing to the skin, when I used this product I hardly ever got razor burn on my face/neck.

    Hot and cold water, before and after shaving can also effect razorburn. If you wash the area before hand with hot or warm water it causes the hairs to be more flexible and soft, and expands the pores on the skin surface. Rinsing with cool or cold water after will recontract those pores so that dirt and oils your skin produces cant get in there and cause more issues. (Though I have been told using cold water after can actually increases the risk of ingrown hairs in some people.)

    As with it happening every time you shave? The answer there is no, alot of it has to do with conditioning over time. Shaving repeatedly over time will desensitize the area or rough up the skin because after all...you are actually removing a layer of the upper epidermis when you shave with a safety/straight razor...

    Anyways hope that helps.
    -James

    P.S. - Someone above recommended clipping instead, thats actually what I do now because of my ingrown hair/sensitive skin problem it was just too much hassle.
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    Sep 22, 2010 8:47 PM GMT
    Some buys are more prone than others to have razor burn or ingrown hairs. I have been shaving since my days on the swim team in high school and college and continued when I did modeling and stripping. I use an electric razor especially made for shaving the body prior to jumping in the shower every morning and afterwards I use a quality five blade razor after applying lotion to keep the skin looking good. It is part of my everyday routine so I don't find it a problem. When I lived in a larger city I had a great guy at a salon do body waxing which worked well but still used the five blade razor as a follow up inbetween waxings. I just prefer the smooth look and feeling compared to the body hair.
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    Sep 22, 2010 9:07 PM GMT
    batman192 saidIf you think shaving your legs hurst, just wait until you shave your pussy! Now that's really gonna hurt! icon_razz.gif
    LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why the fuck any dude shaves his legs is beyond me...ugh.
  • Sk8Tex

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    Sep 22, 2010 9:44 PM GMT
    cthedj said
    batman192 saidIf you think shaving your legs hurst, just wait until you shave your pussy! Now that's really gonna hurt! icon_razz.gif
    LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why the fuck any dude shaves his legs is beyond me...ugh.


    In cross-country & sprints in track and field alot of guys would shave alot of their body hair off in order to reduce air friction to make them faster. The same goes for alot of swimmers out there...fractions of a second are important to some I guess icon_razz.gif
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    Sep 22, 2010 10:05 PM GMT
    I got use to doing it in cross country running and just kept it up over the years. My hair grows in sporadically too so it looks much better with the smooth look.
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    Sep 22, 2010 10:48 PM GMT
    Some just do it because they want smooth legs. I see guys in the gym who do this but it doesn't appeal to me. Neither do guys in stilettos.....
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    Sep 23, 2010 12:37 AM GMT
    Use a sharper razor next time. Sounds like you had a dull blade.

    PS. And shave slowly the first few times till your skin gets used to it.
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    Sep 23, 2010 3:25 AM GMT
    back in my racing years, i'd always splash some alcohol after shaving.
    strings for a minute and then it's fine.
    the area near genitalia is very sensitive . Some guys don't shave there but it looks weird.

    wear loose fitting pants for a few days or even better shorts ( depending where you live).
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    Sep 23, 2010 3:31 AM GMT
    I shaved a small portion of my thigh as an experiment... the smoothness was nice, but after 30 minutes, I grew tired of it. Then, as the days went on, I hated the feeling of stubble on my leg.

    I've never done anything else, but if I were to do something with my leg hair, I'd trim it. I'm a pretty hairy guy (three hairs in each follicle on my legs) and it sometimes bothers me, yet I don't think shaving my legs is the best option.

    I like my hair... I just wish it wasn't as "prosperous." Haha!