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Herpes or pimples due to shaving and new lotion? Some pimples and itching/burning like razor burn.

Herpes or pimples due to shaving and new lotion? Some pimples and itching/burning like razor burn.

Folliculitis: Razor burn is broadly defined as a skin irritation developing after shaving. It appears as a red rash, sometimes with swelling & itching. Frequent shaving, using a dull blade, shaving dry & sensitive skin are associated. If the inflammation of the hair follicle leads to infection, pustules or pimples might develop--folliculitis. Herpes simplex would not be expected but would look like blisters. ...Read more

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Dr. Mike Bauerschmidt
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Folliculitis (Definition)

A condition in which one or more hair follicles are swollen, usually when the follicles are damaged by friction from ...Read more


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Can benzamycin or cleocin-t remove razor bumps on bikini area and armpits?

Can benzamycin or cleocin-t remove razor bumps on bikini area and armpits?

Are they infected?: If not infected and just ingrown hairs - may not have an effect. ...Read more

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After shaving pubic area, would applying coconut oil help prevent bumps, pimples and irritation?

After shaving pubic area, would applying coconut oil help prevent bumps, pimples and irritation?

May help: Coconut oil may prevent irritation and gives soothing effect to shaved area ,but bumps and pimple may or may not come up . Keep the part clean and dry to lesson the chances of any infection to the area .See your doctor if you develop any pimples or bumps for evaluation . ...Read more

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How to prevent shaving rash and ingrown hair on neck?

How to prevent shaving rash and ingrown hair on neck?

NMS but: This is not my specialty but generally one needs to get the hair moistened then shave against the grain. The more curly the hair , the more problem with ingrown hair. Talk to your barber to get some practical tips. ...Read more

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How often should you shave your pubic hair to avoid rashes and shave itches and broken skin?

How often should you shave your pubic hair to avoid rashes and shave itches and broken skin?

Agree w Dr. Litt: Shaving pubic hair can be the root of many problems to include itching, broken skin, rashes, etc. ...Read more

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Ingrown hair within shaving bump's on my face?

Ingrown hair within shaving bump's on my face?

This is common: Sometime this can also lead to a foliculitis called foliculitis barbae. ...Read more

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Will a pimple or ingrown hair cause skin infection?

Pimple: At times a pimple or ingrown hair may show signs of infection ( increased redness , warm to touch , painful ) . See a dermatologist for treatment with appropriate antibacterials. ...Read more

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Are there good ways to prevent ingrown hairs and the itching from shaving pubic hair?

Are there good ways to prevent ingrown hairs and the itching from shaving pubic hair?

Shaving: Insure you use fresh, sharp blades vice dull blades. If hair is > several mm long – then trim before shaving. Wash area before shaving – warm water helps to soften hair. Use a lubricant when shaving. Avoid using products that contain alcohol or are scented. Shave in direction of the hair – not against it. Be gentle when shaving – don’t push down too hard. Moisturize skin after shaving. ...Read more

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I use waxing strips on my vulva? How to avoid after-waxing blemishes/bumps/ingrown hairs on buttocks?

I use waxing strips on my vulva? How to avoid after-waxing blemishes/bumps/ingrown hairs on buttocks?

You shouldn't be: Applying waxing strips to your vulva. The tissues are very delicate. It is best to have sugar waxing techniques to the bikini line or inner thigh done by a professional. ...Read more

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Prevent ingrown hairs on armpits & genitals after shaving.. And how to identify. Are they dangerous??

Not dangerous: Using a sharp razor is helpful to prevent ingrown hairs. Also not saving your genitals is a good idea. You could consider laser or electrolysis to decrease the need for shaving and the risk of ingrown hairs. ...Read more

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Can u get vaginal sores from shaving pubic hair?

Can u get vaginal sores from shaving pubic hair?

No.: You can get infection at the site of hair follicles, but you cannot get sores vaginally. You need to be seen by a doctor who can check your herpes viral titers. ...Read more

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Is hydrocortisone okay to use on razor bumps or hair bumps on vagina and butt?

Is hydrocortisone okay to use on razor bumps or hair bumps on vagina and butt?

Yes, otc or rx.: Hydrocortisone cream is available in a 1% strength over the counter, and a 2.5% concentration on prescription. Systemic absorption is practically zero for both preparations, but obviously the prescription 2.5% flavor works better. Besides treating the symptoms, you should look into a better shave cream or razor. You should be able to shave these areas without irritation. ...Read more

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In grown hairs, pimples and razor burn, what to do?

In grown hairs, pimples and razor burn, what to do?

For razor burn:: Insure you use fresh, sharp blades vice dull blades. If hair is > several mm long – then trim before shaving. Wash area before shaving – warm water helps to soften hair. Use a lubricant when shaving. Avoid using products that contain alcohol or are scented. Shave in direction of the hair – not against it. Be gentle when shaving – don’t push down too hard. Moisturize skin after shaving. ...Read more

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Is waxing a better method than shaving to eradicate trichomycosis axillaris? My hairs are completely infected, and breaking off.

Neither: is a "sure" "Treatment"!!!! An antifungal medication (Oral preferably) is necessary along with removal of the infected hairs! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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How can I avoid razor bumps and ingrown hairs that i get while shaving my shoulders?

Razor Bumps: Insure you use fresh, sharp blades vice dull blades. If hair is > several mm long – then trim before shaving. Wash area before shaving – warm water helps to soften hair. Use a lubricant when shaving. Avoid using products that contain alcohol or are scented. Shave in direction of the hair – not against it. Be gentle when shaving – don’t push down too hard. Moisturize skin after shaving. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my pubic hair is extremely coarse and prone to ingrown hair and folliculitis with waxing while my skin is fair?

What do you suggest if my pubic hair is extremely coarse and prone to ingrown hair and folliculitis with waxing while my skin is fair?

Avoid waxing !: If you have ingrown hairs try not to wax, shave or pluck hairs until healed. This can often heal without treatment. Your physician can prescribe medication to clear dead skin cells (retinoids). Steroids may be used for significant inflammation & antibiotics may be considered if the area has become infected. ...Read more

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Will shaving face everyday likely cause skin issues like razor bumps?

Will shaving face everyday likely cause skin issues like razor bumps?

Shaving: if you shave correctly, making sure the razor is not dull and applying the appropriate shaving cream or gel, razor bumps should not occur. ...Read more

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Advice? Would shaving with shaving cream help with skin darkening?

Advice? Would shaving with shaving cream help with skin darkening?

Possibly: Insure you use fresh, sharp blades vice dull blades. If hair is > several mm long – then trim before shaving. Wash area before shaving – warm water helps to soften hair. Use a lubricant when shaving. Avoid using products that contain alcohol or are scented. Shave in direction of the hair – not against it. Be gentle when shaving – don’t push down too hard. Moisturize skin after shaving. ...Read more

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What can I use to clear my face up quickly? I believe I have folliculitis from shaving.

What can I use to clear my face up quickly? I believe I have folliculitis from shaving.

Wet shave: Look up wet shaving techniques. In addition to adding a little panache to your morning routine, you'll cut down on shaving irritation. Use a single blade, make multiple passes with good shaving lather, reapplied after each pass...You'll get a better shave with less irritation. Learning to shave with a straight razor has been a blast for me.... ...Read more

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