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shaving is a pain in my legs...(14 posts)

shaving is a pain in my legs...sievers11
Mar 12, 2003 9:30 AM
I have been shaving my legs for a few seasons now, mainly because I get irritation in my "knee pits" from ridding and the shaving seems to help. The down side is my theighs get raw from the stubble. I don't seems to get the in grown hairs, the hair folicals just get very sensitive...with bike shorts it is fine, but I can't wear bikes shorts 24/7. (as much as I would like, I think the office would have some issues) My doctor called it "foliculitis"(sp?) and he told me to stop shaving.

Does anyone else have similar problems?

Any possible solutions?

Should I just shave my "knee pits"? (this looks really dumb by the way.)
do you use a new blade each time you shave 'em?ColnagoFE
Mar 12, 2003 9:35 AM
and do you use tons of moisturizer afterwards? If not...try that. Then there's always waxing or laser removal, but I don't know about either of those options and whether they would help your condition.
do you use a new blade each time you shave 'em?sievers11
Mar 12, 2003 9:51 AM
The thing is, it seems the irritation is not from the shaving...but a day later from my clothing.

I do use a new razor, I might try waxing, for the most part it would cost about the same...I just hope, that because my skin is so sensitive that the waxing might open up a whole new ball of wax. (pun intended)
re: shaving is a pain in my legs...Raven1911
Mar 12, 2003 9:44 AM
First try a new blade when you shave. Shave in the direction of the hair growth. Second, try to stay as clean as possible and shower after each ride. For folliculitis you can try exfoliating the dry skin off your legs. The problem is the hair bends back down into the dead skin and gets infected. Also apply moisturizer after you shave. If the above doesn't work you might need to go to the doctor and get Doxycycline for your skin and that will clear it up for sure. It is basically a antibiotic for your skin.

witch hazel might work as well (nm)ColnagoFE
Mar 12, 2003 10:26 AM
what I didDougSloan
Mar 12, 2003 10:01 AM
I stopped last fall, and now am a member of the hairy legs club again. Feels weird.

The best way I found was to use a 3 blade Mach 3 with Edge Gel shaving cream. Use lots of hand lotion after. Not a cheap way to go, but works really well.

If I got irritation, it usually was from not using cream, a dull blade, or maybe shaving too often (or a combination). You might avoid it for 3 or 4 days and let your skin heal.

re: shaving is a pain in my legs...Spunout
Mar 12, 2003 10:30 AM
I splash on rubbing alcohol after shaving, helps seal pores and clean infections.
Mar 12, 2003 12:23 PM
the mere thought of doing that makes me shudder! how do you do it without screaming?! ;-)

me, i'm partial to lots & lots of lotion after shaving.....granted, i'm a girl and i only have to shave 1x/week.

Probably over-sharing here but...joekm
Mar 12, 2003 10:31 AM
A few years ago, I did a fund raising event (not cycling related) that involved me dressing up in a gypsy costume. Lot of fun actually, sort of guys making fun of girls and vice-versa. I told that friend of mine who made my costume that, if she finished it soon enough, I'd also wear it for our cities halloween loop.

Anyway, she did and I used Nair to remove the hair on my legs for the halloween loop and shaved my legs when the actual event came up. Nair was a lot easier and I didn't nick my ankle bone.

of course, YMMV
Probably over-sharing here but...Welshboy
Mar 12, 2003 12:55 PM
Extract from our Club Newsletter dated May 2000...


Yes I know that it's not very relevant now that summer has finally arrived but even when it's warm there is something comforting and spiritualistic about using warm-up cream. Apart from the obvious warmth on a chilly day then, perhaps, it's also a means of mentally preparing your body for competition and the exertions ahead. Anyhoo here are a few tips about warm-up cream, starting with one from Spot and then a few from me.

1. On chilly early season events don't just apply warm up to your legs. Also rub it onto your feet and between your toes. It keeps them really warm and toasty. But a word of warning. If your feet are prone to being a bit cheesy then this does little to improve matters and the resulting aromatic mix has been likened to a curry loving, marathon running Sumo wrestler's jock strap on a hot day.

2. Do not apply warm-up cream to freshly shaved legs. This normally happens on the first Open event of the season which, for most of us, is usually our own 2-up ‘25'. Basically, you plan to do the leg shaving bit on the day before the race but can't be arsed. Then, all of a sudden, it's 8.00am on the Sunday morning and you're racing at 10.00am. You've forgotten to buy new razors and your disposable BIC has already seen a fair bit of action. You hack off your wispy winter layer to just above the knee and promise to do the thighs at another time. Cutting yourself several times you rinse off by jumping in the shower which then resembles the shower scene from ‘Physco' and just who is playing that bloody violin? Getting to the headquarters you decide to go for the double-hard Flandrian look by wearing shorts and it is then that you apply the warm-up. Aaarrghh! Within seconds your eyes are watering as if you've got two freshly peeled Spanish onions up your nose and it feels as if the flesh is melting off your calves.

3. Similarly, don't apply warm-up to sunburn! I did this recently at the Hirwaun ‘50' after catching a few rays on the previous day. It started to sting when I applied the warm-up but as it was quite chilly and misty I didn't mind too much. After about 10 miles the mist cleared and the sun came out big time. Aaarghh! Within seconds, the warm-up cream had started to act like cooking oil and my thighs starting sketting. By the time I reached the turn I smelled like a mobile barbecue and the only reason I did a good time was because I had several TV celebrity cooks chasing me on motorbikes trying to sprinkle rosemary and tarragon on my calves.

4. Don't buy too hot a cream. Both of the above wouldn't have been quite so bad if I'd bought normal warm-up cream. But I'd bought a job lot of Italian stuff called ‘Totomeltini' which sounded like a good name but which is actually Italian for ‘very painful tattoo removal cream'.

Do you have a hot-tip (ooh, er missus) that you'd like to share? Then let me know and I'll publish it here!
It might just be a phaseKristin
Mar 12, 2003 12:58 PM
My legs get irritated for a time, from time to time with shaving. Best thing is to lay off for a little while, let the hair grow all the way back in, let it live there for a few weeks, then try shaving it again. I don't know why it happens, when it happens to me, but it goes away again after a while. Recently my legs have begun to ichh like crazy after I shave. I'm hating it!!
re: shaving is a pain in my legs...snapdragen
Mar 12, 2003 7:41 PM
Try a lotion with alpha hydroxy in it - I use Eucerin.

Electric Hair Trimmersixbillionethans
Mar 12, 2003 7:53 PM
it may not be the closest cut possible, but I've been just using the closest setting on an electric hair trimmer. sure, I've got 1/16" of hair on my legs, but at least I don't have constant in-grown hairs and razor burn anymore. if you're not a pro, it's a thought...
Mar 13, 2003 12:10 AM
You could try using an electric razor for the sensitive bits. I used to shave my head (for that punk look) every couple of days and never really had any problems with irritation. Use lots of moisturiser afterwards. This year I will do the first shave on my legs with a blade, and then try the same system.

If you have to wet shave, I would advise using baby oil and a fresh blade every time. Shave under the shower, keeping the legs wet and applying more oil as necessary. Use blades for women's razors, Gillette Venus is the best. I found I got a better shave, with less cuts and irritation than with a regular Gillette Mach 3 (the man's version of the Venus.)
Again, moisturise your legs well afterwards. To be honest, when I shave I moisturise every day. Use a non-perfumed moisturiser.