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How are you supposed to shave if it causes ingrown hair and acne?

How are you supposed to shave if it causes ingrown hair and acne?

Can be tough: Sometimes cutting hair with a scissors rather than shaving can help. Avoiding a really close shave may help - shaving with the grain instead of against it, and not repeatedly going over the same area with a razor. A topical antibiotic, like prescription 1% Clindamycin might also help. ...Read more

Ingrown Hair (Definition)

Our hair follicles are meant to erupt and to grow straight out of the skin. Often, a hair may turn into the channel out of which it should grow, and penetrates the skin, causing swelling and irritation. This may happen because of blockage or with very curly hair. These are not always a problem unless the hair does not erupt and then possibly leads to infection ...Read more


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Every time i shave my pubic area i get ingrown hair and some kind of acne.. What can I do?I shave in the direction of growing hair, use clean razor. .

Every time i shave my pubic area i get ingrown hair and some kind of acne.. What can I do?I shave in the direction of growing hair, use clean razor. .

Change your method: Then it is time to stop shaving. I do not understand why you ask again. This is not a medical condition. It is not a disease. Your shaving is causing this problem. If you do not want to live with this problem then you must stop shaving. ...Read more

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This acne on my cheek for 4 weeks and still here! not sure if pimple or ingrown hair. Two spots on my cheek. Its pink and more flat than normal acne?

This acne on my cheek for 4 weeks and still here! not sure if pimple or ingrown hair. Two spots on my cheek. Its pink and more flat than normal acne?

Skin problem: It is difficult to tell what it could be without taking a look at it. It could be acne, but also an infected follicle, a cyst among others. In order to have a definite answer have your pcp check them. ...Read more

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Could a red bump on my shaft of penis be a pimple or a ingrown hair? I have not had sex and when erected it is bigger. Can you get acne on your penis

Could a red bump on my shaft of penis be a pimple or a ingrown hair? I have not had sex and when erected it is bigger.  Can you get acne on your penis

Likely ingrown hair: Most likely it is an ingrown hair possibly getting infected. You can apply a topical abx like neosporin. If not improving get it checked out by your doctor. Does not sound like an STD though. ...Read more

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Acne and ingrown hairs on outsides of calves. Rarely shave. What to do and what is it from?

Folliculitis: Pimple like areas on the legs usually is a folliculitis or another type of follicular irritation. It could be related to stockings or other sports gear that rubs on the areas. See your dermatologist. ...Read more

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Husband is experiencing deep acne due to ingrown hairs. Any home remedies you can recommend? Unable to get in to see dermatologist until march.

Husband is experiencing deep acne due to ingrown hairs. Any home remedies you can recommend? Unable to get in to see dermatologist until march.

Many worth trying: There are many home remedies that work for many people and they are safe to experiment with. Avoid dairy and sweets/starches. See http://earthclinic.Com/cures/acne.Html for reports on many remedies from those who have tried them. Also see http://healing.About.Com/cs/skincare/a/uc_acneguide.Htm ; http://www.Naturalnews.Com/027237_acne_dairy.Html. ...Read more

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I have a problem with ingrown hairs on back thighs, pubic region and under my chin even though I exfoliate. I'm also prone to acne. 26y/o.Whats wrong?

I have a problem with ingrown hairs on back thighs, pubic region and under my chin even though I exfoliate. I'm also prone to acne. 26y/o.Whats wrong?

Thick coarse hairs: How extensive is acne? Ther coukd be underlying hormonal problem if acne is severe. For the ingrowns and acne a topical retinoid cream such as retin a, differing, altralin can slowly peel the skin and unfold the ingrowns. An alternative is laser hair removal which can remove the problem hairs permanently. ...Read more

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I get naturally ingrown hairs on my arms, legs and back. They look as if the hair cell has not totally developed. Looks like acne. How do I fix?

I get naturally ingrown hairs on my arms, legs and back. They look as if the hair cell has not totally developed. Looks like acne. How do I fix?

Keratosis pilaris: People with sensitive, dry skin often have dryness in hair follicles as well. That results in tiny red bumps on backs of arms, on legs & buttocks that feels like sandpaper. That is keratosis pilaris (kp), which can be exacerbated by friction, such as from pants or shaving. Scrubbing kp actually makes it worse. Moisturizers, especially those containing a small amt of Alpha hydroxy acid may help. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A common human skin disease characterized by areas of scaly red skin (seborrhea) with blackheads/whiteheads (comedones) , pinheads (papules), large papules (nodules), pimples & possibly scarring. Occurs mostly on face, upper chest & back. Treated with benzoyl peroxide, salicylic ...Read more


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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more