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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

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...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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I have dark spots and scars on my face from acne and ingrown hairs. Any tips on how to remove them?

I have dark spots and scars on my face from acne and ingrown hairs. Any tips on how to remove them?

You will need laser: to address all of these things. You are on several medications, so adding another would not be a good idea. Good luck! ...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, (tretinoin) 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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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


Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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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