Cant for the life of me get rid of these razor bumps, please help

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Hi new poster here. For the past year or so i have been stuck in a cycle with razor bumps. I seem to shave then it gets itchy after a few days so i have to shave again over the area to relieve the itchiness (which i doubt is helping). At the minute im just using gilette disposable razors with 2 blades but i feel like i have tried everything. I use aloe vera and post shave balm after every shave and use shaving gel and warm water prior to shaves. I seem to take all the steps required to prevent razor bumps and now i feel like they're getting worse.

Im just not sure what else i can do now, how can i get rid of them? Do i need to try and hold off shaving for a couple of weeks to try and get rid of them but each time i try to do that i feel like my neck is getting more red from the itchiness.

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I get the odd bump or irritation from time to time (using double edge blades), and the odd nick/cut - first use cold water and alum. If it's very red I use Sudocream (normally used on baby butts!) which seem to clear it in about two hours. Are you perhaps allergic to some of the shaving ingredients in the soap or gel? Can't really comment as I can use anything without reaction. Perhaps just have a basic shave say one pass rather than trying to get every whisker to see whether that's easier and then go to 2 passes.
 
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Like i said its been a year and if youve seen my pictures ive put on it feels like a bigger issue than just the odd bump or cut, i dont really know what to do with it and its knocking me a bit. I only use one pass every time and try to be as careful as i can.
 
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Hello there...While going against the grain can help you get a closer shave, going against the grain will increase the likelihood of razor bumps but until you are comfortable with its ability to go against the grain without irritating and causing bumps, stick with the grain....My humble advice to you is 'Shave the lather from your face, rather than the stubble'! this will help you to tell yourself to let the weight of the razor & blade do the work with virtually no pressure when shaving this will cut down the irritation when your shaving...As stated by @Bogeyman above 'technique & shaving confidence is the key to good shaving results. Just try one pass,and 'don't expect too much too soon'!...Try for comfortable irritation-free comfortable shaves, don't go for BBS shaves, and give your skin a rest i only shave 4 days a week. Hope this helps. (y)
 
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Thanks for the advice guys. So based on the pics i have put in the OP would you leave it for a week will they eventually clear up? I just feel caught in a cycle and even when i shave with the grain with a razor for sensitive skin i still feel like im just irritating the already present razor bumps. I dont know how i can actually get rid of them. Im rather asking what can i do to get rid of them rather than how to prevent them in the future as this is my problem right now
 
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Thanks for the advice guys. So based on the pics i have put in the OP would you leave it for a week will they eventually clear up? I just feel caught in a cycle and even when i shave with the grain with a razor for sensitive skin i still feel like im just irritating the already present razor bumps. I dont know how i can actually get rid of them. Im rather asking what can i do to get rid of them rather than how to prevent them in the future as this is my problem right now
Leave them to heal for a couple of days (noting that regrowth does itch by its nature) then shave again but with the grain. Map your growth so you know how to do this. The next few days of rest will provide a good opportunity for it.

Did you say you're using shaving gel? Stuff from a can?
 
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Ive managed to leave them for 3 or 4 days or so before but they still look like they are under the skin when i shave as it just gets too itchy. Im using a gilette can now but i have previously used proraso cream and that actually made them worse.
 
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Continue to leave them to heal - if the redness doesn't go down, they may be infected and you may need some antibiotics from your GP to clear them.

Follow the tips in the posts above to bring some stability to your future shaves and maybe practise some lathering with the Proraso cream so you can be more sure if the quality of lather you're applying - it's going to be better than the canned gel once you get it right.
 
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I'm not a clinician, so please do not treat this as medical advice, nor am I recommending as a treatment. I'm purely relating my experience. You will need to make your own mind up as to its relevance to your particular situation.

Following a similar breakout to yours I visited my GP. The advice I received was to wash the affected area with "Hibiscrub" (the branded antibacterial wash used to disinfect in surgical theatres). For individual spots a very light dab of antiseptic cream, "Savlon". Both have the same antibacterial active ingredient, Chlorhexidine gluconate. Both available over the counter in UK pharmacies. Took about a week to clear up. I found the cream relieved some of the itching, probably due to moisturising. Was advised not to shave affected areas until cleared up - risk of infecting other nearby follicles as well as just preventing healing. Told to shave very lightly once shaving recommenced.

I'll leave others to advice on shaving technique and advantages / disadvantages of various "systems". My one major takeaway from the whole episode was to shave lightly. We're shaving whiskers not skin!

Hope it all clears up quickly for you
 
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The advice given above seems very good. I did wonder from looking at your pictures if you had a bunch of ingrown hairs from shaving too close and aggressive. You may need to consider going to you GP or a skin specialist. It will probably be easily resolved once you know what it is.

I'd probably leave off shaving for a few days. Look and see how they are doing. If you do shave, use light pressure, and don't shave part of your neck that hasn't got any shaving cream/soap or what ever you're using on. Tempting as it may be to keep going back over the area you're doing with multiple passes of the blade.
 

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My neck looked like that for about 35 years untill I stopped using muliblde carts and tried a DE razor. Took about a week for the spots and bumps to go down and have been fine ever since.
Until I found an unused twin blabe razor a while back and decided to give it a bash. Big mistake as it took a week or so for the spots and bumps go away .
so I would give a DE razor a shot. What do you have to lose. (y)
 

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Hi Dan

Looking at the photos, I would say you have ingrown hairs - most likely caused by applying too much pressure to the razor.
Most cartridge razors are very smooth, and feel very safe, which gives the user the sense of security to apply more pressure than is required to get a good close shave.

You've likely noticed that online shaving forums are packed with photos of shiny razors of different styles etc - far be it from me to try to persuade you to change your cartridge razor to a double edge razor, but . . . . Your skin would thank you for it in the long run.

Firstly , try using much less pressure, and only shave in the direction of your beard growth for a few weeks to see if it helps. Whatever you do - do not try to shave with a straight razor, as mentioned by someone else - it takes skill to use a straight razor, and your skin isn't ready for that learning curve

Good luck
 
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An excellent product that I have tried is Bump Stopper by High Times. It is a soothing cream that can be applied directly after shaving and on days that you don't and provides relief and reduction in appearance of razor bumps and irritation.
 
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