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Shaving problems!!!(19 posts)

Shaving problems!!!Greyhound
May 17, 2001 12:24 AM
I need everybody's help on this one. I have been shaving my legs for cycling for six months for cycling, and I am getting those damn red bumps all over my legs above the knee, sometimes below. I notice it is the worst at the end of the day, assumably because of rubbing from pants, especially on the back of my legs where I sit. I us a Mach 3 razor, shaving cream and or dove liquid soap, and nothing seems to remidy it. I also don't like having to shave every other day. Any suggestions? Thanks.
re: Shaving problems!!!Marlon
May 17, 2001 5:15 AM
Tried moisturizing right after you shave? Slab on the lubriderm right after and it might help.
Moisturize Moisturize Moisturize.Delia
May 17, 2001 7:09 AM
Those bumps are a tell tale sign that your skin is dry. So put some lotion on after you shave and before you go to sleep. You will see the effects right away (a day or two).
Moisturize Moisturize Moisturize.Greyhound
May 17, 2001 12:45 PM
I use swiss formula collagen elastin stuff after shaving, and if i shave at night and use it, in the morning i have no bumps. but by the end of the day I will. My legs don't feal dry, and it only happens on my upper-legs/ thighs. Thanks.
re: Shaving problems!!!Bike Fool
May 17, 2001 6:51 AM
Me thinks you're shaving too closely. Using the triple edge razor, the hair is below the skin and is causing the bumps when it tries to grow back (ingrown hair.) I had the same problem that went away when I switched to a single edge razor, and shaved down (with the hair) instead of up. Give it a try.
re: Shaving problems!!!Greyhound
May 17, 2001 12:46 PM
I have tried shaving with instead of against the grain, and all that does is result in hairy legs. Thanks for the suggestions though.
What's with the shaved legs?Brian C.
May 17, 2001 9:42 AM
I mean, how many seconds do you shave from your time by shaving your legs? Frankly, I wouldn't be caught dead with shaved legs. :-)
so don'tclimbo
May 17, 2001 10:48 AM
it's not about saving time. if you don't know why people do it, you should just stay hairy!
What's with the shaved legs?Bosephus
May 17, 2001 1:01 PM
You have obviously never hit the pavement at 25+ miles per hour. If you have then I'm guessing A. you didn't ride after that for at least a week because the scabs hurt so much everytime you moved your legs or B. you don't have very hairy legs to begin with.

It's purely for the purpose of aiding in the healing of wounds and limiting the extent of road rash from a fall (the hair tends to grab the pavement and tear your skin off as opposed to a nice clean shaven piece of skin which slides on the pavement a little better.)

It's not for speed...
Never use soap to shave!Murph
May 17, 2001 10:12 AM
The tip to moisturize in the above posts is important. In addition, always use shaving cream when you shave. Soap's reason for being is to clean you, not to make shaving easier.

You didn't mention how often you shave. My skin gets irritated if I shave my legs more than twice a week.

-Murph
Shaving legs is absolutely STUPID!Barney Gumble
May 17, 2001 10:17 AM
There is no reason for it. Absolutely none. Except of course, to impress yourself or impress others who also shave their legs.
so there is a reason (nm)climbo
May 17, 2001 10:49 AM
nm
Never use soap to shave!Greyhound
May 17, 2001 12:49 PM
Unfortunatly, my hair grows very very fast, and I have to shave every other day, as do some fo my friends, who don't have this problem. Thanks.
Loofah, Loofah, LoofahMisJG
May 17, 2001 10:16 AM
The three most important words in shaving!
1. Loofah the areas that produce the red bumps. You need to slough off the layer of dead skin that is causing ingrown hairs (and the red bumps). This will also make your skin nice and smooth!
2. Make sure to only shave in the direction of hair growth (toward the foot for most areas), not against it! It's very easy to absentmindedly shave this area in the wrong direction 'cause it's just easier to hold the razor that way.
3. Don't go over the area multiple times (esp with a tri blade!).

Hope this helps!
Loofah, Loofah, LoofahGreyhound
May 17, 2001 12:52 PM
Two things, Shaving with the hair just doesn't work for me, and whats a loofah?
Loofah, Loofah, LoofahBosephus
May 17, 2001 1:03 PM
Go to a "Bath and Body Works" in the mall or a "Body Shop" and ask if they have any Loofah's. They'll find you one.
Loofah, Loofah, LoofahMisJG
May 17, 2001 1:12 PM
A loofah (I may be spelling it wrong) is like a rough sponge that you rub on your skin to exfoliate the surface. (It was just a question on Celebrity Millionare! Ben Stiller got it wrong! It is the inside of a gourd). Go to any cosmetic department and ask. They should know what you are looking for. You could also try going electric (as I have)! I would still loofah afterwards though. . .
Same problemPaulCL
May 17, 2001 2:07 PM
I used an unscented aftershave on my legs when the red bumps appear. They will then dissappear within 24 hours. Also heed the other posts:
Don't shave everyday (I shave 2x/week or for my wife..yaknowwhatImeanVern???)
Use a very sharp razor
Take one stroke per area
Keep your legs moisterized
Ignore the twits who won't shave...think of that sound velcro makes when ripped...that's the sound of your hairy legs hitting pavement at 25mph.
Thorough care helps.boy nigel
May 17, 2001 2:35 PM
Here's what I do. I read it on a bottle of really fine shaving cream a couple of years ago.

1) Rinse legs well with HOT water (opens up pores).
2) Apply cream to legs (not too much--a medium-thick layer's all that's needed).
3) Let cream sit on legs for about a minute (lets moisturizers get to work on your skin, and gives cream a chance to "wrap around" hairs).
4) Using a sharp razor, go with the grain (I know you already do). Go over each area once (twice at MOST). Go slowly and carefully.
5) Rinse razor with hot water after each stroke (cleans/frees blades).
6) Once done, rinse legs well with COLD water (closes pores).
7) Immediately after towel-drying legs, apply some good moisturizer. I use Cetaphil Moisurizing Cream (not their lotion) by Galderma. See www.cetaphil.com. Very emollient, barely any scent, and stays on for a little while. Not much is needed, so it should last a while. Available at most drugstores, and it's cheap.

You may want to reapply the cream every couple of days to keep those stumps moisturized and happy, if needed. Also, I only shave once a week (twice at most)--basically, every five or six days, and my legs are pretty hairy (when I'm not shaving them, that is). More than every four days probably isn't necessary.

Ignore the folks who get mad at shavers; they don't know the deal. If you don't shave, that's up to you and that's cool. Just don't tell people what not to do, eh?

Good luck,
Nigel