#1

Member
Bromley, Kent, U.K.
Hi since I have been DE shaving since Christmas, I have had a few ingrown hairs but when I was using multi blades I did not get ingrown hairs. Can anyone please tell me why & maybe advice me on how to avoid it happening. Thank have a great day.
#2

Merchant
Central Maine
(This post was last modified: 07-04-2015, 07:24 PM by ShadowsDad.)
Normally that's exactly reversed. That leads me to ask the following.

If it truly is an ingrown hair it happens when the hair is cut below the surface of the skin. As the hair begins to curl and grow under the skin it starts to hurt. It will continue to hurt and be annoying until it gets long enough to emerge or get long enough to be grasped and pulled out to the surface. You can tell if it's an ingrown because the entire process takes days to even get to the point of being annoying. Longer than that to correct.

So I ask, do you really have ingrowns? I don't need the answer. But it affects how it's handled. Sometimes folks break out after a shave and claim that it's a problem with ingrowns; it simply can't be if it corrects itself in a matter of hours rather than a week or more.

The solution is not to cut the whiskers below the surface of the skin. That can be done in a few ways. Use a less aggressive razor and accept a less close shave, and/or don't make an ATG pass. Also, possibly use an after shave known to "lubricate" the skin. You can also use a balm. The last 2 might work, but there's no guarantee.

But ingrowns or not, contact me by PM.

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#3

Merchant
South Saint Louis, MO
For me, often ingrown hairs occur when I don't get a good lather and the razor kind of skips on my face. I don't know the science behind if, whether the blade yanks the hairs or something when it skips. I've just found that when I make sure to prep well and really dial in my lather with a good soap, then I never have a problem.

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#4

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Philadelphia, PA
(07-04-2015, 07:08 PM)rogue13 Wrote: Hi since I have been DE shaving since Christmas, I have had a few ingrown hairs but when I was using multi blades I did not get ingrown hairs. Can anyone please tell me why & maybe advice me on how to avoid it happening. Thank have a great day.

where are you getting them? if on your neck (most likely), try mapping out your facial hair growth and reducing the number of passes in those areas. some of us can only do 1 pass on our necks before we start begging for problems, myself included.
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#5
I get ingrown hairs on my neck. You can gently exfoliate with a wet toothbrush in circular motions and us a product like Bump Patrol.

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#6

Member
Bromley, Kent, U.K.
(This post was last modified: 07-04-2015, 09:44 PM by rogue13.)
Hi Thanks for the replies. Yes on my neck, I have had about 3 ingrown hairs. They definitely are ingrown as I have had to dig & pull the hair out, painful but once removed & cleaned then sterilized it all heals up.

Hi. Cheers. Hi thanks for the advice will try out. bump patrol, what does it do.
#7
(07-04-2015, 09:03 PM)rogue13 Wrote: bump patrol, what does it do.

Bump Patrol is essentially an solution of acetylsalicylic acid (dissolved aspirin) used as anti inflammatory agent.

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#8
I remember reading that some of these products do not contain the ingredient in aspirin, they contain an ingredient in the same family.
#9

Member
Bromley, Kent, U.K.
Hi, Thanks for the link & advice. Will give it a go. Cheers
#10

Maker of Soaps and Shaver of Men
Cooperstown, NY, USA
I've found that products containing alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) work extremely well to prevent ingrowns. Myrsol Plastic contains lactic acid and Gentleman's Grooming Lounge "The Shavior" contains multiple AHAs. I believe RazoRock Problem Solver contains them as well. They gently eat away the outermost layer of the skin, which allows the hair to grow freely where it would have otherwise been restricted under a layer of tissue.
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