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Old 10-24-08, 08:55 AM
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Shaving question

No, not another why do we do it thread! But please don't laugh...!

I have this weird issue when shaving legs. Been doing my legs for more than a year and this does not change. Tried a couple of things and now thought to risk being ridiculed by asking all you guys & girls. To get to the point - my upper legs have this weird rash (at the lack of a better word) after shaving them. Every bloody time. But nowhere else do I experience this - not lower leg, not face, nothing...

My wife is up to suggesting wax! Yeaaaah riiiight....

But does anybody have similar experiences? Or have a remedy/suggestion. What causes this?

Anyways, now my name is officially out the window - have your fun...
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your skin on the top of your leg is a lot more sensitive than the bottom. it happens to me sometimes to. use a new razor and hot water.
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Does it itch as well? Have you tried different razors?
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are they like a bunch of red bumps that are real irritating? Almost like ingrown hairs?
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No itching, no. And I allways use hot water and never leave the blade in for too long. I've tried two razors - Gillette Mach 3 and Fusion. And no, I don't use the same one on my face than my legs...

Yes, rjs, more a bunch of red bumps, very irritating. Burns like mad if I go into seawater after shaving!
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I have pretty sensitive skin, especially to shaving... I put lotion on them as soon as I dry off and cool down a bit. you should wait for your pores to close.
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Originally Posted by SeaBee View Post

Yes, rjs, more a bunch of red bumps, very irritating. Burns like mad if I go into seawater after shaving!
Mine do the same, and I've found no solution to the problem. But I'm glad you posted this b/c it could help me with the advice from others. A few guys I ride with say they still get them after years of shaving but not as bad, only a few bumps. I guess the secret is shaving more often and keeping up with it and try the tips from these other dudes.
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I don't shave my legs. I don't shave my face. For exactly the problem you mention. My hair is curly. When I did shave, the hair would come out and go right back in. Causing ingrown hairs, rash, pain, etc. I finally figured that if I let it grow out, no more pain.

So I don't shave.
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Look up "preventing razor burn" and try some of those tips.
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Yeah, it's razor burn.

It'll happen more if you're shaving against your hair, which will give you a closer shave but burn you more. Either shave in the opposite direction or shave at an angle so you don't irritate the skin. Try and see what works for you.

Also if it's really bothering you, wear moisturizer and pajamas right after. Getting into rough jeans right after shaving and getting razor burn doesn't really help things much.
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I suggest using a womens razor. I used the mach 3, etc. for a while and had a lot of the problems you are describing. These razors are designed for your face, not legs. You will be amazed how much smoother, comfortable, and less irritating it is. You won't regret it.
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But seriously, get a good razor. And use hot water and moisturize right away.
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Originally Posted by bikenutr2000 View Post
I suggest using a womens razor. I used the mach 3, etc. for a while and had a lot of the problems you are describing. These razors are designed for your face, not legs. You will be amazed how much smoother, comfortable, and less irritating it is. You won't regret it.
There is hardly any difference between the top of the line women's razor and top of the line men's razor. In some cases, the only difference is the color of the razor.
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this year i went with the "almost completely shaved" look... I used a rechargeable hair trimmer on the lowest cut setting. From 3' away my legs looked shaved but I still have some hairs here and there. No more razors for me - this was way better. I only had to touch them up every 7-10 days. Whereas when I razored them, I felt I needed to do them every couple days.
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Originally Posted by SeaBee View Post
No itching, no. And I allways use hot water and never leave the blade in for too long. I've tried two razors - Gillette Mach 3 and Fusion. And no, I don't use the same one on my face than my legs...

Yes, rjs, more a bunch of red bumps, very irritating. Burns like mad if I go into seawater after shaving!
I've seen this problem posted on a few forums while I was doing a search a while ago.

Have you tried Nair?

Also, I apply hair conditioner on my legs after I take the shower that I take after shaving, and it's worked really well.
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Maybe the cream is irritating your skin - did you try a different brand?
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Tend Skin worked for me.

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I had a friend that had this problem on his face. Using an electric razor fixed the problem for him. They take a little getting used to and don't really shave as close.. but I think that's what helps.
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Tend Skin helps, but you probably won't want to use it immediately after (will BURN). Moisturize well with a sensitive skin moisturizer. Shave with the direction of the hair if you can, using hair conditioner instead of shaving cream (doesn't do as much to plump the hair for a close shave, but it will help protect your skin). Shave at night and wear loose clothing over it.

If that still fails, go to a derm and ask for something to treat friction folliculitis (razor burn). I get something similar on my neck and chest from bad heat rashes in the summer, and my derm put me on a 12% ammonium lactate cream. It works great on razor burn.
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Originally Posted by RB1-luvr View Post
this year i went with the "almost completely shaved" look... I used a rechargeable hair trimmer on the lowest cut setting. From 3' away my legs looked shaved but I still have some hairs here and there. No more razors for me - this was way better. I only had to touch them up every 7-10 days. Whereas when I razored them, I felt I needed to do them every couple days.
This is what I do. Very quick and easy, plus it gives you some 'plausible deniability' with family & non-cycling friends.
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plus it gives you some 'plausible deniability' with family & non-cycling friends.
What's the point in that.....
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I don't shave my legs. I don't shave my face. For exactly the problem you mention. My hair is curly. When I did shave, the hair would come out and go right back in. Causing ingrown hairs, rash, pain, etc. I finally figured that if I let it grow out, no more pain.

So I don't shave.
I have, or should say had, the same problem. I don't shave my legs, but I do shave my face. I switched from the Mach multi-blades to a good old fashioned safety razor. The "lift and cut" method causes ingrown hairs, especially for people with thick curly beards. Combined with some Taylor of Old Bond shaving cream and a badger hair brush, my face is really happy with the old school method. I finish by rubbing and alum bar on my skin and then a splash of witch hazel. I thought I would never be able to be clean shaven and without ingrown hairs, but it is possible.

Anyone use the old safety razor on their legs?
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also don't scratch! makes it worse...
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I had this problem (it's called razor burn) and none of my female friends' suggestions helped. I eventually decided a lifetime of razor burn is worse than any problems caused by crashing on hairy legs, so I stopped shaving.
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I use Kiss My Face shave lotion and never have problems with redness or rash.
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