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

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

Ingrown Hair (Definition)

Hairs that have curled around and grown back into your skin instead of ...Read more


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I am prone to get razor bumps and ingrown hairs when i shave down there. How often should I shave and how should I do it?

I am prone to get razor bumps and ingrown hairs when i shave down there. How often should I shave and how should I do it?

Insure that you use: Fresh sharp blades vice dull blades. If the hair is more than several mm long – then trim it before shaving it. Wash the area before shaving – warm water can help to soften the hairs. Use a lubricant when shaving. Avoid using products that contain alcohol or are scented. Shave in the direction of the hair – not against it. Be gentle when shaving – don’t push down too hard. Don't shave too often. ...Read more

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I have been having trouble with razor bumps and ingrown hair , I have them all over my thighs and leg what can I do to get rid of then?

Options: Only shave after taking a bath or shower so that your skin is hydrated. Liberally apply a high quality shaving gel, and only shave in the direction of hair growth (not against). Use a high quality multi blade razor, and replace it frequently. If this does not eliminate the problem see your dermatologist for additional prescription options. ...Read more

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Hi I am 22years old and have dark skin and when I shave my biking area and stomach I started getting razor bumps and ingrown hairs with dark spots is there anything I can do to get it to go away I don't have a lot of money so I can't really get lazor hair

Hi I am 22years old and have dark skin and when I shave my biking area and stomach I started getting razor bumps and ingrown hairs with dark spots is there anything I can do to get it to go away I don't have a lot of money so I can't really get lazor hair

Hyperpigmentation: This is likely hyper pigmentation due to folliculitis/ingrown hairs. When you shave, be sure to use shaving cream & only shave in the direction of hair growth, so you don't cut them off so short (decreases the risk of ingrown hairs.) Also, exfoliate well on non-shave days to help prevent. If it persists and/or happens often talk with your doctor about a topical antibiotic ointment to treat it ...Read more

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Hi I am 25 years old I started shaving my bikini are and now I have brown spots and ingrown hairs with razor bumps how can I remove them?

Stop shaving...: ... practice good skin hygiene and skin preparation prior to shaving, buy new razors, clean and store your razors properly (on a dry surface, not in the shower/tub), and schedule an appointment with a Dermatologist for evaluation and consultation. You may have skin that just needs more TLC and possibly developed folliculitis. This is very common and a good Dermatologist will help. ...Read more

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What are good ways to get rid of ingrown hairs and razor bumps in pubic area?

Laser: Laser hair removal is an effective way to get rid of the hair permanently. This would avoid getting ingrown hairs and razor bumps. Electrolysis is another option but it's more time consuming since each hair has to be treated individually. ...Read more

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I have black pimple down there which are actually ingrown hairs called razor bumps i have tried waxing also but doesn't affect can you please tell me any other procedure of preventing them?

Laser removal: Hair follicles can be destroyed by laser so that hair will not grow again. Consult this site for more information on this topic: http://www.webmd.com/beauty/hair-removal/laser-hair-removal For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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How to differentiate between an ingrown hair, razor bump, cancer, or lymph node?

How to differentiate between an ingrown hair, razor bump, cancer, or lymph node?

Ask your doctor: A superficial lump in an area in which you shave is most likely an inflammatory reaction to the irritation from shaving, or from a blocked hair follicle. Cancer is unlikely, and lymph nodes are not superficial. Also ingrown hairs and razor bumps likely come on quickly and will go away if you leave them alone, but a cancer won't. See a dermatologist for proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have an ingrown hair that is now a raised open bump that will not heal no matter what. Help?

Folliculitis: Hi there OGolden. Sorry to hear of your problems. It sounds like you have folliculitis-fancy word for inflammation of the hair follicle. A little antibiotics and you should be good! ...Read more

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I have a ingrown hair and the bump popped. Some white stuff came out of it. Some blood came out. What to do to it.

Folliculitis: An ingrown hair will cause local inflammation and infection at the hair follicle base. This condition is called folliculitis. A raised, red, tender pustule develops with usual spontaneous expression of purulent material as you described. Warm compresses and good hygiene advised. It can be related to your razor blade and shaving techniques. Seek medical advice for persistent problems. ...Read more

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Ingrown hair, not particularly sure. The area I usually shave has a spot that has grown a little hard and has a bump. No pain though.

Maybe: Hard yo day without seeing the area, but this sounds like an ingrown hair. Let the area grow out for a little while between shaving to reduced the development of these. This could also be a folliculitis or a small cyst forming, again, hard to say. See you doc or do a video consult here on HealthTap to confirm. ...Read more

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I have ingrown hair in my pubic area so i let them grow out, now their is few bumps but a lot of the hair are paired together to grow, should I rip them?

Ingrown hair: If the hair has grown out, it will not pierce through the follicular wall or the curly end will not stick back into the skin to cause a folliculitis. Let the hairs grow out and don't cut them or pluck them. If you do, they will stick in the side of the skin and cause inflammation, pimples, and cysts. If some are sticking back into the skin try to pull the end free. ...Read more

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I have had this bump on my chest for over 6 mos. The dermatologist just said it’s a ingrown hair. Now it getting hard. What do I do?

I have had this bump on my chest for over 6 mos. The dermatologist just said it’s a ingrown hair. Now it getting hard. What do I do?

Cyst: This may now be an inclusion cyst and if there is no associated redness or significant tenderness, it may be left alone. If you have further concerns about it, consult a general surgeon for advice. ...Read more