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Little red dots on your pores after you shave....(7 posts)

Little red dots on your pores after you shave....rrjc5488
Jul 21, 2003 6:09 PM
When you shave your legs, do you get the little rednes surrounding your pores? I have, does anyone know how to minimize this or even get rid of it totally?
...oh, i forgot....rrjc5488
Jul 21, 2003 6:10 PM
Does anyone use nair? They came out with Nair for men, does anyone use this or at least know if it leaves those ugly little red spots?
Nair eats skin, leaves hair.nmniteschaos
Jul 21, 2003 8:13 PM
Ways to prevent red dots...The The
Jul 21, 2003 8:15 PM
Don't press so hard when you shave. Use a light touch, and more strokes. If you press hard, you are destined for pain and redness. I can use an old razor and a new razor and get similar results. I just don't press hard. My skin thanked me.

I don't use Nair, it just caused a burning sensation and didn't work any better than shaving. Try it, but don't bother with it unless it actually works for you and doesn't make your skin red for a day.
re: Little red dots on your pores after you shave....feathers mcgraw
Jul 21, 2003 8:15 PM
That's inflammation from the hairs growing back. When you shave, you cut the hair below the skin line. As the hair regrows, it doesn't necessarily grow out of the same hole, so you get an ingrown hair and a minor infection. You can either shave every day and keep it under control, or shave with the grain. Shaving with the grain isn't as close a shave, but the hair never gets cut below the skin line.
Have you tried an electric shaver? (nm)Iwannapodiumgirl
Jul 21, 2003 11:03 PM
A couple things that should help.jw25
Jul 22, 2003 8:06 AM
First off, it's good to shave in the shower, aftr you've washed everything else. This gives the hair time to soak up water, which swells it and makes it much eaier to cut.
You also want to exfoliate lightly - even a washcloth and soap, or a pouf-thing - will remove extra oils and dirt, which also make shaving more difficult.
Next, apply some kind of shaving preparation. I have to add a plug for my favorite, King of Shaves Alphagel. It doesn't foam, because it's not soap, but it's about the slickest gel out there, and since it's clear, you can see where you've shaved. Excellent for the face, too. It's sold in Target, or online at
I shave against the grain - otherwise it grows back way too fast, and I like to be smooth. I typically shave every other day or so.
Use a light grip on the razor. You just need to guide it, not jam it into your skin. Shorter strokes are better, and rinse often. In the shower, I tilt the shower head back, so I don't rinse the gel off, and use the stream from the spout to rinse.
After you shave and rinse off, dry your skin carefully. Don't rub the towel back and forth, but blot to remove moisture. Then apply a good moisturizer, before your skin dries completely. This helps trap moisture and eases razor burn, if you have any after this. Certain moisturizers may sting - if this happens, switch. Ask a few women, and they'll definitely know what works. I use Jergens (the hair-minimizing, I admit, but it's made for shaved legs, and seems to work, sort of).
If you still get red dots, you'll probably want to shave with the grain. I wouldn't recommend the chemical hair removers, though Veet mousse worked pretty well. A can only did my legs 3 times, though, and that gets expensive. Waxing - ouch! And I had major ingrown problems.
Also note these techniques work great on the face, though I shave with the grain, since the skin on your face is more sensitive.