In-grown facial hair.....

  • vindog

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    Oct 13, 2008 4:34 AM GMT
    ....it hurts and its big, right above my chin line....



    Help?


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    Oct 13, 2008 5:00 AM GMT
    Preperation H will get rid of the swelling.
  • EricLA

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    Oct 13, 2008 5:05 AM GMT
    Rubbing alcohol will dry it out, but not the best for skin.

    I get frequent ingrown hair. The first rule to prevent that is to shave in short strokes with the grain of the hair, don't use too much pressure.

    As for treating one you already have, sometimes I use a pin and/or tweezers to get the hair out. Just make sure you use a match to sterilize the ends. Germs are everywhere. I'm a very clean guy, but twice in the last year I had skin infections when I didn't sterilize the ends.

    Whether you treat it or not, it's probably best to shave around the area for a couple of days.

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    Oct 13, 2008 5:06 AM GMT
    I get these, once in awhile.

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    OK. Sterilize a needle (i.e., hold in a flame or sterlize w/alcohol). Use the tip of the needle to remove the outer layer of skin, as if it were a splinter. Then, use the head of the needle to pull the hair out. Awwwww. Much better. icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 13, 2008 7:01 AM GMT
    I get in there and poke and prod until the sucker comes free.

    The resulting mess is usually worse than what I started with but damn it is satisfying!
  • Timbales

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    Oct 13, 2008 12:48 PM GMT
    I used to get them every now and then, but when I started using Neutrogena's men's shaving line they stopped happening for me. It's a pre-shave scrub and a shave cream. Works very well, I highly recommend it.
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    Oct 13, 2008 12:50 PM GMT
    I use a pin to bring the hair above the skin and let the wound heal before shaving it. If you pluck the hair, it is more likely to become ingrown again.
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    Oct 13, 2008 1:15 PM GMT
    I get these occasionally and i must say that I couldn't live without my tweezers. Wow that sounds gay. Oh well, its probably true.
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    Oct 13, 2008 1:34 PM GMT
    THESE SUCK!

    like most guys I dig and dig tillI get the sucker out
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    Oct 13, 2008 2:31 PM GMT
    I have curly facial hair ( LOL start up the "chin pubes" jokes! ) and have this problem often - especially on my neck!

    I use a product called "Tend Skin" ... I bought it at the barber, they also sell it at Sephora. It stinks. Burns like hell. And works.
  • swimbikerun

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    Oct 13, 2008 4:41 PM GMT
    If you have a tendency to get these then you should get some electrolysis treatments. Did you know: electrolysis was first developed to help prevent ingrown eyelashes? The first treatments were deemed effective when a small plume of smoke could be seen to arise from the treated area. Gross!
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    Oct 13, 2008 4:44 PM GMT
    tweezers and sea breeze or alcohol
  • vindog

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    Oct 14, 2008 4:42 PM GMT
    so you are telling me i have to shave my beard first....?



    This sounds like semi-major surgery. Can I go under general anesthesia? LOL
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    Oct 20, 2008 6:33 PM GMT
    If you get them on a regular basis, you should think about using a product with alpha-hydroxy acid (ie. NeoStrata) found at most drugstores. It will exfoliate your skin, not only reducing the chance of ingrown hairs, but also will keep your skin looking younger. Just check with your doctor to see if your skin will be suitable for this product.