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Please Help!!! Need advice on shaving.(9 posts)

Please Help!!! Need advice on shaving.turtlemoye
Nov 16, 2001 11:45 AM
I have been shaving my legs off and on(alot more off than on) over the last 4 years and need advice. I always soak my legs in the tub for several minutes to soften the hair, use shaving cream(and plenty of it), I only use a razor twice(gillete sensor xcel) and have recently starting using something called "Whitch Hazel"(I think it is an extrengent{sp?]. Yet I still end up with bumps(razor burn?)on my quads and hamstrings, sometimes on my calves as well. I should also mention that I am hairy and I usually only shave every third day.

I have tried to ask my girlfriend for help but she could shave for six months with the same cheap razor and no shaving cream and not have any problems. Do I need to shave everyday? can I do while in the shower without soaking my legs in the tub first?

Thanks for your help,

--Turtle
re: Please Help!!! Need advice on shaving.turtlemoye
Nov 16, 2001 11:46 AM
Funny that I just noticed the current poll question.....

--Turtle
re: Please Help!!! Need advice on shaving.Bike Fool
Nov 16, 2001 12:07 PM
IMHO, you're getting the bumps because you're shaving UP with a twin blade razor, which means the hairs are being cut off below the skin level. Which causes in-grown hairs (the bumps) which can get infected, which is even more of a pain. Try shaving DOWN.
re: Please Help!!! Need advice on shaving.Mel in WA
Nov 16, 2001 12:45 PM
Turtle--

I went through a period of seeing MANY doctors about skin conditions related to shaving (btw, I'm female). Eventual conclusions were that I just have extraordinarily sensitive skin and am very susceptible to infections. Here is the cumulative wisdom of all those doctors and my experience.

The above poster is correct: shaving down instead of up is far less likely to irritate your skin. It also won't take off nearly as much stubble. Other things you can try are lotioning your legs daily, since well-moisturized skin is also less likely to be irritated. What kind of shaving cream are you using? Some men's shaving creams have a strangely drying effect, so look for something extra-moisturizing. You can also try using good quality hair conditioner (often cheaper, and great for preventing nicks, but the various chemical ingredients may irritate your skin). If you're really miserable, the final step is an electric razor, which is all I use now. I've got a Remington women's razor (I forget the name and model #, but it's lavender) that works great. I once tried my husband's elec. razor, and found that those 3 rotating blades also rip up my skin.

HTH, Melinda
Quit shavingGalibier
Nov 16, 2001 1:00 PM
One solution is to quit shaving. After all, shaving serves no purpose except to establish that you are a cyclist who shaves rather than one who doesn't. The only halfway logical excuse for shaving is to ease wound care, but if constant wound care is an issue for you, then your time would be better spent improving your bike handling skills rather than improving your shaving skills.
The other good reasonbrider
Nov 16, 2001 1:49 PM
is if you gat massages (or do self massage). Hair pulling, espicially for those who are particularly hirsuit like myself, is rather uncomfortable. I got to the point where I could dry shave with a standard Bic razor. Maybe my skin isn't so sensitive. I also used a Norelco triple head electric razor for quite a while -- did upper legs one day, lower legs the next and just alternated daily.
I disagree with the shaving down instead of up.nigel
Nov 16, 2001 1:55 PM
While it may be slightly less irritating, it means that you'll need to shave twice as often as you've been.

By soaking/wetting your legs with hot water first, you're on the right track.

1. Get 'em good and wet with HOT (not warm) water (this opens the pores).

2. Apply shaving cream, but not too much. A thin layer should do. You may want to leave the cream on for a minute before shaving it off, so it'll "stick" to the hairs and make removal easier and more comfortable. Too much cream will clog the razor and make the blades glide across the excess cream instead of your leg, meaning that you'll have to go over them a few strokes on any given area.

3. Go over each area only one time (max. twice). The job doesn't have to be absolutely perfect--your legs aren't model's legs (I assume) that are going to be photographed up close. Just get the hair off.

4. When done, rinse the leg well with COLD water, which closes the pores up.

5. Repeat 1-4 for next leg.

6. Lotion your legs (I use Cetaphil cream) well right after rinsing and drying with a towel. If necessary, lotion them every day or so.

Might I suggest trying a Venus (women's) razor? I haven't nicked myself once in the months I've been using them. They have cushions and three blades, and really are gentle on the skin. Feels like you're not pushing hard enough, but the hair gets good and gone. It's the best thing I've used, hands down. Just a suggestion. Women's razors tend to be gentler than mens.

Careful, and best of luck.

Nige
had same problem above the shorts line...Js Haiku Shop
Nov 16, 2001 1:58 PM
on thighs and hamstring area. had this problem also behind the knees--was not resolved by shaving with the lay of the hair or against (i shave against for a closer shave). checked with wife and some of her friends and other of my female friends and the general conclusion was, "some people have sensisitve skin in some areas, and just can't shave there." i shave only once per week, and stop at the shorts line. irritations around/behind the knees went away after awhile--guess my skin adjusted.

I shave:

once per week
against the flow of hair
with a pink daisy razor (my wife's!)
use a razor four times before trashing it
using aloe-enhanced gilette shave cream from the can
shower right away, cold water, then hot (cold closes pores)
apply aloe skin moisturizing lotion after shower

good luck--find what works for you.
Solutiongrzy
Nov 16, 2001 4:03 PM
Put the razor down and go ride instead. Solves all your problems. It's like hitting yourself in the head with a hammer: It feels pretty good when you DON'T do it. Let your freak flag fly!

Maybe you should check with some porn stars - I'm sure they know how to deal with more tenacious hair. Tell your GF it's just honest research! ;-)

You are going to really catch a lot of flak for this posting from anit-shavers like myself. Wait until Monday.