Ingrown hairs and razor bumps

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    Dec 30, 2012 10:01 AM GMT
    Grr! I have one on the back of my neck bugging the hell out of me! I shave the back of my neck every so often because the hair back there can get a little wild. Yesterday I admit I did a half-ass, quick job of it, and now I'm dealing with it. Can't pop the son of a bitch just yet icon_cry.gif
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    Dec 30, 2012 5:42 PM GMT
    I have these and it's as annoying as hell. Wish I knew the answer.
  • jimjock

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    Dec 30, 2012 5:46 PM GMT
    exfoliate first!
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    Dec 30, 2012 5:55 PM GMT
    Always shave with the grain of the hair
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    Dec 30, 2012 5:58 PM GMT
    Wash your back first. I know that sounds weird, but the bacteria can cause added inflammation should be washed off so that any cut/damage can heal quicker with less side effects.
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    Dec 30, 2012 6:24 PM GMT
    Neosporin.
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    Dec 30, 2012 7:35 PM GMT
    If you don't have a friend who can dig it out for out, the next best thing is to leave it alone. It'll come up on its own. Sometimes, after a hot shower / hot compress, you can nudge it a bit with the end of tweezers, a table knife, etc, and it'll pop up. The heat brings white cells to the top, and the hair with it.

    You can use a pulice (google on this). Over the counter products like Boil-Ease contain sulfur that will both act in an antiseptic way and it will soften the skin to the point the hair will pop through on its own. Home remedies include a Band-Aid with bacon, or Vaseline, but the sulfur is the most effective. The guy above mentioned a triple antibiotic ointment, which is fine for infection control, but, generally, you want the hair to "fester up" and pop, rather than not, so using that can be counter-productive. The sulfur has the effect of basically causing the skin to dissolve, and the hair is exposed fixing the issue and allowing the carbuncle to drain. Almost always, these will "turn over" on their own given heat, moisture, and some time. You can google on boils.

    The trick to not getting ingrowns is shaving more frequently (before the hair has a chance to curl over), and, maybe, not shaving super close, as opposed to just close.

    For my legs, heads, arms, chest, I use a 5 blade razor that's very close, and everywhere else I use a 3 blade razor. I used to shaving powder on the private parts but the last year or so I've used a razor. I've found that pubic hair (at least mine) does best if I shave it every day ( a pain in the back ), otherwise, they get curled over and I end up with a bunch of ingrowns.
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    Dec 30, 2012 7:47 PM GMT
    Exfoliate your face/neck before shaving. I have found that shaving WITH the grain first then re-lathering and shaving against the grain gives me a smooth shave without the razor bumps and ingrown hairs.

    But you have to be diligent because one bad shave can mess up your skin again for weeks.
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    Dec 30, 2012 9:15 PM GMT
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    Dec 31, 2012 12:40 AM GMT
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    Dec 31, 2012 1:28 AM GMT
    Wax it instead. It's cleaner, lasts longer, and looks so much better.
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    Dec 31, 2012 1:29 AM GMT
    be a hairy man, doesn't hurt....
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    Jan 06, 2013 6:58 AM GMT
    I have a problem each time I shave my chin..for 5 years I have had this problem. I have changed shaves, I use a 4 blade one, then I decided to use an electric one and still I have in grown hairs. I tried using anti-septic to wash off during and after shaving and still I have those pimples :-( don't know what to do.
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    Jan 06, 2013 6:58 AM GMT
    I have a problem each time I shave my chin..for 5 years I have had this problem. I have changed shaves, I use a 4 blade one, then I decided to use an electric one and still I have in grown hairs. I tried using anti-septic to wash off during and after shaving and still I have those pimples :-( don't know what to do.
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    Jan 06, 2013 6:59 AM GMT
    I have a problem each time I shave my chin..for 5 years I have had this problem. I have changed shaves, I use a 4 blade one, then I decided to use an electric one and still I have in grown hairs. I tried using anti-septic to wash off during and after shaving and still I have those pimples :-( don't know what to do.
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    Jan 06, 2013 9:56 AM GMT
    I used to get the ugly bumps too. For my 'occasional shave' zones (chest, bikini) I loofah/exfoliate real good and then shave with a 3 or 5 blade disposable. I get an occasional bump but not as bad as I used to. I sometimes wax but it's such a hassle to deal with salon friends sometimes.