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any non toxic solutions for razor bumps/ingrown hairs..apart from the obvoius ..not shaving

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 27, 2013 at 6:02 PM

I'm part Caribbean so i've been blessed with the dreaded razor bump problem, I know the best solution to this is not to wet shave but for me personally, some modern things are just here to stay. At the moment i use an electric trimmer which is ok but not a smooth shave. I had a bit of success with an old style safety razor in the past but i still i got a couple of bumps. Pre paleo i used a product called bump patrol, it worked but irritated my face to death so obviously i wouldn't touch that stuff with a barge pole these days. Have any of you stumbled upon any seemingly magical non toxic products/methods?? i would really appreciate any info on this, thanks in advance.

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

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on January 31, 2013
at 08:49 PM

I have one, to YouTube I go...

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on January 30, 2013
at 02:32 AM

I hone it myself with a waterstone.

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

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on January 30, 2013
at 01:44 AM

I completely understand if this isn't something you want to try. However, the absolute most effective way to control bumps on a shaven groin is to apply an aluminum-based deodorant stick. A styptic pen would probably work just as well if you turn it sideways for the longer surface area. Again, I know it's not optimal health-wise, but nothing will work better.

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

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on January 30, 2013
at 01:40 AM

Where do you get your blade sharpened? My Dovo's been collecting dust since it lost its edge...

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

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on January 28, 2013
at 05:51 AM

@foreveryoung... He *did* say 'wet shave'. That's what people call shaving with a brush, soap, and usually a straight.

C4deaa6bb01626b4569e8992890381ab

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on January 27, 2013
at 08:54 PM

cheers Kashkillz, i never thought of using witch hazel post shave before, i shall have to try it.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on January 27, 2013
at 08:52 PM

Yes, straight razors are definitely the way to go. Adds a nice archaic touch to the morning routine as well.

C4deaa6bb01626b4569e8992890381ab

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on January 27, 2013
at 08:47 PM

Cheers foreveryoung, i was using the this safety razor,...http://www.amazon.co.uk/Edwin-Jagger-Chrome-Plated-Handle-Double-Edge/dp/B003UV8LR0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359318147&sr=8-1....i agree with you about being a slave to the disposable razors & i found the my safety razor to be a far superior shave for me (not as many razor bumps) once i mastered it, i endured some deep cuts at the beginning also. Unfortunately i let it slide & went back to my hair trimmer. I suppose your shaver is the next step up from my double edge safety razor...i must look into upgrading. sounds like the best option

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on January 27, 2013
at 08:27 PM

It's still a safety razor.

C4deaa6bb01626b4569e8992890381ab

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on January 27, 2013
at 08:26 PM

It's a post shave lotion specifically designed to stop razor bumps..it worked quite well but irritated the shit out of me.

C4deaa6bb01626b4569e8992890381ab

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on January 27, 2013
at 08:25 PM

Thats similar to the one i used & had some success with Kevin, you are right, it is what i meant when i said safety razor.

C4deaa6bb01626b4569e8992890381ab

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on January 27, 2013
at 08:21 PM

cheers Anondson, i just need to shave, i hate having facial hair..I too remember the miami vice look, i am dated also! haha

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on January 27, 2013
at 07:26 PM

a double-edged safety razor is not the same as a standard Gillette razor. http://www.amazon.com/Merkur-Model-180-Handled-Safety/dp/B000NL0T1G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359314731&sr=8-1&keywords=merkur+safety+razor

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on January 27, 2013
at 07:23 PM

WTF? I'm sure he has tried using a safety razor, considering their the norm. It's either safety razor or electric safety razor at at least 90% of the stores in the US. Germany and France are about the only places that still make straight razors until very recently some specialty companies have begun making them again here in the U.S. Safety razors are the majority of the market. Straight razors have a tiny market share.

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1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

on January 27, 2013
at 07:05 PM

When I first started shaving I used the regular Mach 3 or whatever, and then I got an electric razor, and still got razor burn. However, when I was 18 I started using a straight razor and will never go back- no more razor burn! There is a bit of a learning curve where you're sure to experience the occasional deep cut, but once you have it down, it gives a much cleaner, smoother, more satisfying shave. It costs more upfront ($200-$600, depending on how nice of a blade you want), but you're no longer a slave to disposable razors, so in the long run it's probably cheaper.

I highly recommend getting a kit. My first blade was a DOVO special in Tortoise which I bought for like $130 for the razor itself, but you also need a leather strop, a badger hair brush, and a few other things to get you going. I think vintagebladesllc.com has entire customizable starter kits that average around $200 total.

The razor I'm currently using the authentic pearl Dovo straight razor with 24K gold markings and a Rooney silver tipped badger hair brush. For cream I'm using Proraso Sapone mixed with a dab of Mitchell's wool fat shaving soap which gives a very thick, lather. Zero irritation.

Highly recommend you look into learning to shave with a straight razor.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on January 30, 2013
at 02:32 AM

I hone it myself with a waterstone.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on January 27, 2013
at 08:52 PM

Yes, straight razors are definitely the way to go. Adds a nice archaic touch to the morning routine as well.

C4deaa6bb01626b4569e8992890381ab

(930)

on January 27, 2013
at 08:47 PM

Cheers foreveryoung, i was using the this safety razor,...http://www.amazon.co.uk/Edwin-Jagger-Chrome-Plated-Handle-Double-Edge/dp/B003UV8LR0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359318147&sr=8-1....i agree with you about being a slave to the disposable razors & i found the my safety razor to be a far superior shave for me (not as many razor bumps) once i mastered it, i endured some deep cuts at the beginning also. Unfortunately i let it slide & went back to my hair trimmer. I suppose your shaver is the next step up from my double edge safety razor...i must look into upgrading. sounds like the best option

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

(3452)

on January 31, 2013
at 08:49 PM

I have one, to YouTube I go...

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

(3452)

on January 30, 2013
at 01:40 AM

Where do you get your blade sharpened? My Dovo's been collecting dust since it lost its edge...

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Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

on January 27, 2013
at 06:50 PM

Here's how I've gained control of this problem...

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000JMFELY

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/s/ref=is_s_hpc?k=Shave+soap

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00016WW8Q/ref=mp_s_a_1?qid=1359312541&sr=8-2&pi=SL75

Also, use electric razor before a hot shower, then lather up & shave afterword.

C4deaa6bb01626b4569e8992890381ab

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on January 27, 2013
at 08:54 PM

cheers Kashkillz, i never thought of using witch hazel post shave before, i shall have to try it.

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D7cc4049bef85d1979efbd853dc07c8e

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on January 27, 2013
at 06:12 PM

You could go with the Miami Vice look (I'm sure that dates me with that reference), that is, use an electric razor to only cut your growth down to stubble and grow it out a few days before you trim it back to stubble again.

C4deaa6bb01626b4569e8992890381ab

(930)

on January 27, 2013
at 08:21 PM

cheers Anondson, i just need to shave, i hate having facial hair..I too remember the miami vice look, i am dated also! haha

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on February 06, 2013
at 04:47 PM

Ouch! I'm so sorry to see what you're going through. I too am prone to get razor bumps and ingrown hairs so I feel your pain. I'm an African-American male and this disease (and yes, this is a disease!) has left me very self-conscous every since last year. Here's the problem:

Razor bumps occur when a newly shorn hairs grows back to re-enter the skin. As it continues to pierce and embed itself into the skin, a bump will appear as a sign of injury.

Ingrown Hairs occur when a newly shorn hairs is cut in a way that the hair grows beneath the skin' surface. As it continues to grow under the skin, a bump will appear as a sign of injury.

If it's not any of these you should see your doctor for help.

If it is RB or IG, here's what has worked for me:

Pre-Heat with a hot towel or hot compress. Exfoliate beforehand for 1-2 minutes to scrub away dead skin cells and dirt. Hair grows in different directions, usually downward but double check to be sure as the hair grows in various directions around the body. Shave with the direction of hair growth (usually downwards) with a single or at most double blade razor. Use a very light pressure being careful never to pass more than 1-2 times. Exfoliate before bed and in the HOT shower next morning. Use mild after shave balm; organic, non-stinging kinds are best.

When it comes to razors: buy ones with 1 or not more than 2 blade razors. The more blades the more irritation. The more passes you make with the blade in one direction, the more irritation. Solution: fewer blades, fewer passes. This prevents ingrown hairs and razor burn.

If you like more info, our facebook page is here to provide you with the most useful advice when it comes to preventing this disease.

http://www.facebook.com/WizkerSkin

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on January 27, 2013
at 10:21 PM

I have this problem in my bikini area and have been using Tend Skin for the last year to fix it. The main ingredients are Isopropyl Alcohol, Water, Propylene Glycol, Acetylsalicylic Acid, Glycerin, Cyclomethicone. I'm currently experimenting with using asprin (acetylsalicylic acid) crushed into some isopropyl alcohol to see if I can come up with a homemade solution that will have the same effect, but haven't been using it enough to have any results yet. The witch hazel also sounds like a good idea.

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Db4f4768f06e8e5cd95dffa536c2a9ab

on January 27, 2013
at 10:08 PM

I only have this problem in my bikini area, but the only method I've found that works for me is- 1. exfoliate with an apricot scrub before shaving 2. soak a wash cloth in very hot water and hold it on the area for about a minute right before 3. always shave with the hair, not against 4. apply witch hazel immeadiatly after 5. apply witch hazel once a day

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

(3452)

on January 30, 2013
at 01:44 AM

I completely understand if this isn't something you want to try. However, the absolute most effective way to control bumps on a shaven groin is to apply an aluminum-based deodorant stick. A styptic pen would probably work just as well if you turn it sideways for the longer surface area. Again, I know it's not optimal health-wise, but nothing will work better.

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on January 27, 2013
at 06:39 PM

Is bump patrol the shave oil? I use shave oil and shave in the shower. After shaving for a couple of decades I don't need a mirror. The shave oil seems to be pretty natural.

C4deaa6bb01626b4569e8992890381ab

(930)

on January 27, 2013
at 08:26 PM

It's a post shave lotion specifically designed to stop razor bumps..it worked quite well but irritated the shit out of me.

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6f6f70f0374e218bc7e8f0a99f2a5bea

on January 27, 2013
at 06:10 PM

Have you ever tried shaving with a safety razor? I started using them and completely eliminated ingrown hairs. They're great for you skin and you can use any kind of organic soaps or creams. Plus it's cheaper over the long term.

C4deaa6bb01626b4569e8992890381ab

(930)

on January 27, 2013
at 08:25 PM

Thats similar to the one i used & had some success with Kevin, you are right, it is what i meant when i said safety razor.

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

(3452)

on January 28, 2013
at 05:51 AM

@foreveryoung... He *did* say 'wet shave'. That's what people call shaving with a brush, soap, and usually a straight.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on January 27, 2013
at 07:23 PM

WTF? I'm sure he has tried using a safety razor, considering their the norm. It's either safety razor or electric safety razor at at least 90% of the stores in the US. Germany and France are about the only places that still make straight razors until very recently some specialty companies have begun making them again here in the U.S. Safety razors are the majority of the market. Straight razors have a tiny market share.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on January 27, 2013
at 08:27 PM

It's still a safety razor.

6f6f70f0374e218bc7e8f0a99f2a5bea

(10)

on January 27, 2013
at 07:26 PM

a double-edged safety razor is not the same as a standard Gillette razor. http://www.amazon.com/Merkur-Model-180-Handled-Safety/dp/B000NL0T1G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359314731&sr=8-1&keywords=merkur+safety+razor

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