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Question: ingrown hairs on neck after shaving

 anubus84 - Wed Sep 10, 2008 3:13 pm

i get really bad ingrown hairs on my neck and cheeks after shaving. after i shave with either a normal razor or an electric, there are alot of red bumps all over my neck. sometimes they itch, sometimes they hurt, sometimes i don't feel anything from them. my doctor told me to not shave for a month to see if that helps, no such luck. they are still there and were even there, though in fewer numbers, during that period. anything i can do to help stop this?
 Debbie Miller, RN - Sat Oct 11, 2008 11:05 pm

User avatar Hello,
This is a very troublesome though harmless condition. You may get some relief with a warm washcloth over the ingrown hair. Try shaving in a different direction and using facial scrubs or creams containing acids. You may even find improvement with ibuprofen or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories. A dermatologist might also recommend diluted glycolic acid applied topically. It would be worth seeing a doctor to see if there are any new techniques that are effective.

Best wishes.
 anubus84 - Thu Oct 16, 2008 12:31 pm

thank you very much, debbie. i will look into that.
 Debbie Miller, RN - Fri Oct 17, 2008 8:18 am

User avatar You're welcome. I hope you can find some relief.

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