Body hair question...

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    Apr 01, 2012 9:31 AM GMT
    Hey Dudes,

    I have never shaved my chest or pubes before in my life. I just started to this weekend and it took me forever to get everything completely groomed the way I wanted to. I used a hair trimmer on the lowest level, and it's not itchy or irritated at all. I used a shaver on my chest and it was fine the first day, but now there are a ton of red bumps all over the place. There are little hairs that are starting to come back out. I am wondering is there something else I can use like Nair for men? Or what about that NONO hair device that is advertised on television? Any input is appreciated. Thanks!
  • bischero

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    Apr 01, 2012 1:34 PM GMT
    The red bumps on your chest is because your skin was irritated by the razor blades. Apply lotion to your skin so it stays moisturized (dry skin is bad!).

    As for the other suggestions about shaving... let's hear from some of the other members.
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    Apr 01, 2012 1:40 PM GMT
    idol3392 saidHey Dudes,

    I have never shaved my chest or pubes before in my life. I just started to this weekend and it took me forever to get everything completely groomed the way I wanted to. I used a hair trimmer on the lowest level, and it's not itchy or irritated at all. I used a shaver on my chest and it was fine the first day, but now there are a ton of red bumps all over the place. There are little hairs that are starting to come back out. I am wondering is there something else I can use like Nair for men? Or what about that NONO hair device that is advertised on television? Any input is appreciated. Thanks!


    Never in your life? Geez, what did you use? A Bush Hog?
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    Apr 01, 2012 2:37 PM GMT
    What are you doing after shaving? It could be that you're irritating your skin by sweating or not keeping your skin moist. I use the smallest comb on my hair clippers on my head, face and pubes but I shower straight afterwards and moisturise (Palmer's cocoa butter). That way I don't have tiny prickly hairs irritating me, I'm exfoliating my skin with a loofah and my skin stays cool.
    Shaving is only going to remove the hair you can see above the skin so you have to do it quite frequently.

    NONO is going to take a long time to eliminate hairs and your hair is in different stages of growth so you might get a bit patchy. They're better for 'spot' removal rather than large areas (I think they have a specific one for intimate areas). And Nair is pretty strong stuff (stinks too) so do a test patch for reactions before you do your chest. It gives you a couple more hair free days than shaving but it can be patchy since you have to evenly distribute the cream and have it on the hairs roughly the same time everywhere.
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    Apr 01, 2012 2:39 PM GMT
    Or just leave your body alone as nature intended.
  • Hard2hold

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    Apr 01, 2012 2:49 PM GMT
    Another option:

    http://www.triabeauty.com/

    On guys it's primarily for chest and back. You need light-colored skin and non-blond hair. It's out of the question for black guys.

    Read reviews on Amazon before investing in any expensive products like this.
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    Apr 01, 2012 2:52 PM GMT
    Do not use Nair! The chemicals are terrible. You will end up with very irritated skin.

    You should also exfoliate the next day. This well help prevent ingrown hairs.
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    Apr 01, 2012 3:15 PM GMT
    Only shave with the grain, never against it. Make sure you use a sharp blade. Moisturize after. Your skin will develop a tolerance for it over time. And stay away from Nair, as others have pointed out the chemicals are very harsh.
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    Apr 01, 2012 3:19 PM GMT
    Shave often to prevent ingrowns.
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    Apr 01, 2012 3:59 PM GMT
    The red bumps or can be due to many factors, and each person responds different to shaving and all hair removal techniques. I tried and researched a lot of things in the past decade I have shaved my whole body. If you have any questions, just write to me.

    It's technically "folliculitis" or inflammation of the hair follicle. There's ways to reduce it with the technique of shaving, and what you do after shaving. It's common, but obviously not wanted for looks, comfort, or health.

    Some tips if you wish:
    - If your hair grows out longer, first use the trimmer like you did to make it short.

    Shaving:
    - Take a shower first. Your hair and skin need to be moist. If you take a wet cloth and use that to dampen what you shave first, it likely is not enough. This is one common reason for red bumps, cuts, and razor burns.
    - Use a good razor that works for you. Blades might cost.
    - Make sure your skin is wet and slippery, lubricated by shaving gel or cream at all times you are shaving. Reducing resistance is the whole point.
    - Shave without pressure, let the razor blade shave without force.
    - First shave in the direction of the hair. Make sure your skin is still wet and lubricated or apply more gel or cream. (If your skin can tolerate it and the blade is high quality, second shave in the opposite direction, against the hair growth, to make you skin really smooth. This is controversial, but is how many guys get a smooth shave.)
    - Try not to go over any area of skin more than once or a couple of times. If the blade isn't getting it, just stop. This is often what causes "razor burns" and "bumps," including those red spots.
    - Don't get frustrated. Shaving sounds easy and is but takes a while to learn how each part of your body responds, and there's lots of different areas from the chest to pubes.
    - It may not look or feel like it, though skin is super sensitive right after you shave. Wash it off gently and thoroughly, or better, go in the shower to quickly rinse off. Pat the skin dry rather than rubbing with a towel.

    Right after shaving:
    Some people use "Tend Skin," a product that is made specifically for such problems with shaving. It will reduce the redness and bumps or get rid of them, even ingrown hairs sometimes. Not cheap but you use hardly any. Check the expiration date when buying, and don't use it after that date. If you are allergic to aspirin, you cannot use this product, which contains a lot of aspirin. It has a medicinal smell (alcohol), and may sting a little when applied), but it quickly goes.
    1. First you MUST wait for the skin to dry before applying the liquid.
    2. At this point, put a small amount on a cotton pad or ball and dab the areas of your skin that are prone to red spots, problems. If the problem goes as you get more used to shaving, you may not need to use this, or only once in a while.
    3. Don't douse your skin with the liquid or rewet the areas with it several times.
    4. Follow the directions, and reapply two times a day or what it says.
    5. It will evaporate from your skin fast, but wait at least few minutes until your skin is good and dry before using moisturizer.
    6. Apply a moisturizer if you wish. Don't apply too much, particularly to areas that are not going to get much air, or where the skin will be touching skin. This is likely one reason why irritation appears in the crotch or near it sometimes. The moisture can cause rashes, as anyone who cares for children knows, which is why some men use powder on the crotch, ass and feet. It's true what others wrote about moisturizing the skin. You just have to watch your own body how it responds. I like to moisturize but am careful in areas that are prone to rashes.

    Good luck!

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    Apr 01, 2012 4:21 PM GMT
    Tried to make it short, but...hey, had some points. Forgot two.

    1. Shaving against the hair. Forbidden in strict shaving protocol because it obviously is going to increase possible irritation. That said, it's the only way for some guys to shave off their hair. This includes after many tries shaving only in the direction of the hair. That works for some guys. It does not for others. Only you will know. Top of the line razors sometimes say if they are made for shaving in the opposite direction. My tip is don't start in the opposite direction. Shave in the direction of your hair to get most of it off, and then get the rest going against the hair, if it works for you.

    2. Don't freak out about this, and it's unlikely to happen. People who shave or don't might wish to know this. If your red dots grow and come together as red blotch, and particularly if you start seeing rings or shapes around on the edges of it, go to you doctor or walk-in clinic that day.

    3. What you have is common, not to worry. Just takes a while for some skin to get used to shaving.
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    Apr 01, 2012 4:42 PM GMT
    bigeasydude saidOr just leave your body alone as nature intended.


    ^^This^^
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    Apr 01, 2012 4:47 PM GMT
    bigeasydude saidOr just leave your body alone as nature intended.


    Just like women do, cause everyone loves natural.

    And stop shaving your face, cause nature didn't give us eco blades a la wolverine. Stop brushing your teeth, trimming nose and ear hair, and clench constantly cause nature didn't give us toilet paper either.

    Stop using this dumb ass arguments when people feel like grooming just because it's not what you're into.
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    Apr 01, 2012 4:49 PM GMT
    Your friendly neighborhood nurse recommends hydrocortisone cream for after-shaving irritation.
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    Apr 01, 2012 7:09 PM GMT
    Why bother to shower, according to these folks? After all, it's natural to live in caves.
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    Apr 01, 2012 7:54 PM GMT
    chuckystud saidWhy bother to shower, according to these folks? After all, it's natural to live in caves.


    These two sentences have nothing to do with each other.

    Why do you bother posting Chucky? All you do is prance around about how everyone finds you hot when all you look like is a mini stay puff marshmallow man. I mean, are you for real?
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    Apr 01, 2012 8:11 PM GMT
    chuckystud saidWhy bother to shower, according to these folks? After all, it's natural to live in caves.


    As long as mine comes a satellite dish, air con and curb side parking.... I'm on board icon_twisted.gif
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    Apr 03, 2012 2:02 PM GMT
    be careful..I shaved my waistline last week and now I have an inflamed ingrown hair right above my dick...painful/nasty lookin. lolicon_rolleyes.gif
  • Shorne

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    Apr 07, 2012 5:39 PM GMT

    NEVER use depilatory cremes are these are harsh caustic chemicals like sodium thioglycolate which dissolve the proteins in the hair. These chemicals can also burn the skin and cause sun sensitivity and permanent skin discoloration.

    Many people use wet shaver on their privates. This is just plain wrong as well as painful. Why?

    Because wet skin absorbs water and the skin cells swell due to osmosis. These swollen skin cells ride up the hair shaft concealing a good portion of the hair you are trying to get rid of. When you have finished shaving, the skin cells gradually dry out and contract, the base of the uncut hair reappears and you then feel roughness from a very poor shave. This causes itchiness and also ingrown hairs which can cause painful skin infections

    The 2, or 5 multi bladed MP3 playing wet blade razors are all the same. They are a gimmick designed to get you to pay more for inferior shaving results. The blade cartridges cost $80-$150 a year plus all the lotions and balms to calm the shaver burn and skin irritation caused by the blades. When the first leading blade gets blunt the other blades are useless as the first blade scrapes and scratches the hairs first.

    Look seriously at the electric personal shavers, NOT the face shavers, as they can cut and bleed the sensitive pubic areas and produce ingrown hairs, because they have wider holes in the foil that let some skin poke though into the path of the blades beneath the foil. Most people shaving their necks have learned the truth of this the hard way.

    For less than $50.00 the latest and largest all-in-one personal shave, see www.bestbodyshaver.com is the Bare It All personal shaver with stubble trimmer. It must be used dry and produces a "smooth as waxing" finish with no pain, shaver burn or rash. You cannot cut yourself unless you push down on the micro thin foil way too hard when shaving. It is specially designed for either gender to remove body hair from sensitive skin and a fraction of the cost of any other hair removal method and better still safer.

    The Bare It All has a 2 year warranty and titanium self sharpening blades and unlike the broad shaver, like the Body Groom, it can easily get into the nooks and crannies of the human anatomy to comfortable remove or trim unwanted hair away. It costs about 3 cents per shave too which is fraction of the cost of waxing or wet shaving or any other method of hair removal, except perhaps using a weed whacker. See the site www.bestbodyshaver.com for all the other features and giveaways for this unique personal shaver and pubic trimmer.