Wow, nice tip. I'll bring out some old-schooll alcohol based splashes and give it a try. Altough I often feel like I need a cream / balm to hydrate after the shave but it's worth a try, thank you.I don't know if its been mentioned already but I find that when I get in growns once in awhile it's the after shave I used that contains castor oil. I stick with the alcohol based after shaves and have no problems.
I'm really glad that you have found your cure! I have to work on lather, angle&preassure too. These situations, when I'm "indisposed" for days/weeks happen after particulary bad shaves. Now that it's after the holidays I'll go and consult a dermatologist, I've been putting it off for far too long.Hey!
I have carefully read all the comments and advice given to your condition. All are sound and come from experience and a good place.
I made a post asking for advice because a suffered from the same problems. Not so much regarding ingrowns or bumps but irritation in general. I had this ONE spot on my neck (right side of Mr. Adam) that no matter what I did I would get irritation. Not directly after the shave but it usually crept up a day after. I, like yourself tried what I believed was everything. And I mean EVERYTHING.
The practical things that helped me alot was angle and pressure (duh). I also focused on my lather. Turns out that my lather had been to dry my whole wet shaving carrier. Finding a blade that works helped alot and the thing that helped the most was not overdoing the prep. Softening the bristles with either a shower, cloth or a semi-lenghty warm water splash, paired with a good lather helped more than anything. It didnt ”cure” it though.
So I finally went to a skin specialist/dermatologist. Turns out that my thyroid gland (a gland that is positioned in the lower throat region which regulates your hormones, amongst other things) was not doing what it was supposed to do. This made my skin flare out with red blotchy areas especially on my neck and especially after aggetating it (shaving).
This would last a couple of days. Shaved again. Same problem. I got treatment and meds and *knock on wood* no more irritation.
Look. I am no medical professional. I am just a random guy on the internet. Never take medical advice from a random guy on the internet, BUT as many have stated before me. Your troubles seem to surpass ”ordinary” skin associated problems due to shaving. Razor burn, ingrowns and irritation is common. But having days or weeks of redness, discoloration and irritation is not. My humble advice would be to stop shaving and see a dermatologist. This way you can be sure there is no medical reason to your troubles. I wish I had done it sooner. Would have saved me alot of frustration, money and pain.
Hello and good day to you all.
I have been using a safety razor for two years n ow and I cannot get rid of ingrown hair issue
Everyone has an opinion. Mine would be first of all Shave less often for a while and develop an against the grain technique. Second forget the alcohol blade rinse
Happy Shaving. Good luck with your ingrown hairs@sternej, I guess there's some weird bug going on with that last post and you wanted to post about less frequent shaving and ATG technique. Funny enough today I really did forget the alcohol rinse. As for shaving ATG, that would take a long time and I guess I'll never even get there. Now I'm happy with my single with the grain pass which seems to work, later on I may try another passes.
Thank you! I was feeling kind of down that couldn't even shave like a man! Now that is behind me. I still get some slightly red / pink spots/areas but I guess they too will go away when I find a perfect razor+blade combo with good technique.@TheBeast, it's great to hear that our advice and guidance has been of benefit to you. You have started down a path that I think will serve you well for the rest of your life. This journey will not just develop your saving experience but also increase your overall self-confidence.
You will succeed in whatever you apply yourself to.
Nope, this is the ONLY thing that works for me in the lower neck, doesn't cut short, it's a trimmer not a razor. Used it for 20yrs, Miami Vice look: no ingrown. That newish double blade sensitive skin cart from Gillette also works.... a bit $$Perhaps that is the culprit? Generally they'll pull the hair away and out of the skin and cut too short, and then the follicle goes back under the skin causing ingrowns.
I just realized you are not the original poster.Nope, this is the ONLY thing that works for me in the lower neck, doesn't cut short, it's a trimmer not a razor. Used it for 20yrs, Miami Vice look: no ingrown. That newish double blade sensitive skin cart from Gillette also works.... a bit $$