Pseudofolliculitis barbae (Ingrown Beard)

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  1. morsecode

    morsecode New Member

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    I just wanna now if any of you guys got this pain in the ass, and how do you deal with it. Mine is pretty bad, it is through my neck beard, and borders on my chin line, is very red and visible (I'm not black, I only say this because is most common on black guys, and theirs is visible by the bumps), and not pretty so how do you get rid of it without actually getting rid of the hair(laser treatments)
     
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    Try using a buff puff in the shower right before you get out - daily. Also, using an aftershave with a moisturizer can make a difference as well.
     
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    thank you for putting a name to this condition! I used to have it really bad, and thought it was so embarassing and painful. The thing that I found that helped me out (its a pain in the ass, but it helped out a lot) was to grow a full beard and keep a full beard for a week or so. For some reason or another, alot of these bumps healed up. Then shave (and I've found that a certain type of shave gel and razor seem to help too) all the hair off and kinda start from scratch.

    I've found the best shaving gel to help counter act these bumps. Its Aveeno Positively Smooth shave gel. For some reason, it helps keep me from having to shave every day (which if I weren't using this gel, to look decent for work or whatever, I would have to shave every day). I usually can go 2 to 2 1/2 days without having to shave and my beard being noticable. I use a Gelette Fusion razor (5 blades I think). I think that once you let the bumps heal up from not shaving for awhile, and start using this shave gel and razor, you should see some signifigant progress. I know that from about an inch under my jawline all the way down my neck was covered in these damned bumps, but after I did the above, I now only have the occasional small patch from time to time.

    Hope I have helped you and given you some insight!

    Good luck!



    Edit: I forgot to mention that after I shave, I use Aveeno oatmeal lotion as an 'after shave.' It helps to soothe my skin after shaving..... Note: I use the type with the cooling menthol, as I find that it helps to open up my pores and keep them from getting clogged up with oil and stuff which can lead to bumps.
     
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    anything Chamomile. CamoCare makes a soothing lotion i use on my bumps.
    I slather my face with it after i shave.

    Good luck.
     
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    My husband gets ingrown hairs really bad, he also can grow a 5 o'clock shadow by noon. He shaves with an electric razor to help but also tries to shave every other day and doesnt shave at all on the weekends.

    I get ingrown hairs everywhere- legs, pubic area, armpits and even eyebrows. I have never found a way to get rid of them on my body.
     
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    The best place to shave is a hot steamy shower. Failing that, warm towels on the face for 3-5 minutes. Wash your face first, then apply shaving gel. Allow the gel to sit for a few minutes to penetrate the beard and soften the skin. Then shave. The hardest part of this is finding a mirror that doesn't fog in the shower. Get one though!

    After the shower, apply your moisturizer.

    And please, always shave in the direction the hair grows. Never shave against the grain.
     
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    I don't know if this will help, but I stopped getting ingrown hairs when I started shaving only WITH the grain, always in a down direction. Shaving against makes a closer shave, but caused occasional problems. Now I never have any of them.
     
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    Thanks for the recommendations, I think I'm gonna go with unabear and grow a full beard and then shave, I always read that it works as you let the hair grow out of your skin and the inflammation will heal, is just that I never get pas the week and half of growing because is so damn annoying and itchy, but I guess this time I'm going to suck it up and grow as much as I can. I stopped shaving with a razor a long time ago because my skin is fairly sensitive and no matter what I tried (all skin care products, shaving in the shower, etc.) I would invariable get pus bumps in my face, shaving with a trimmer diminish that.

    Thanks to all.
     
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    Yep, i have had these and what Unabear advises is good advice, i would suggest however that you wet shave more than using electric that just added to my probs, i agree also Gillette razors are the best to use and i have been through them all, Take care mate:smile:
     
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    For the guy with the beard condition. Its unlikely any of the treatments above will work if you have a serious case of it. Nothing suggested will be able to counteract the curling or wrongly directed (and hence mechanical problem) the hairs pose as they grow. I had many laser sessions etc all to no avail because, 1) even tho the literature will say the hair follicles are killed, most are not, and 2) there are just too many hundreds of hair follicles to treat. Other methods like moisturizers etc are topical applications utterly unable to affect the problem hair and at best will only sooth skin which has under its surface a hair growing or curling inwards. Forget ever clean shaving again if you want to be without the problem..
    The only cure i found was to shave with a beard trimmer, (with the guard taken off) so as to give a stubble of a mm or so. This way the hair is never trimmed flush with the skin and so cant re-enter it to cause an immune response (bumps etc) or get infected. Dont use an electric shaver (like the multiple head type things advertised by David Beckham),as these trim too closely. Use a beard trimmer, there is a difference, and be aware that if you ever do clean razor shave the problem will just re-present itself.
    If the area you refer to is infected you'll need a course of antibiotics at the beginning of this new way of shaving to clear the skin of any infection.
    Good luck..
     
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