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Horrible skin irritation, please help!

Postby HelpMuhFace » Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:01 am

Hello everyone, I am new to this forum and website. I think it's awesome that it exists. I will get right to my story...I'm 26 and have VERY THICK facial hair. When I shave, after about 2 days, the hair that comes in feels like sand paper. Like I think I could literally smooth out a plank of wood with my chin. My ex girlfriend used to get a horrible rash just from making out with me. I have always had really sensitive skin overall, even my scalp has some sort of weird issue. My scalp would itch profusely to the point of bleeding until I switched to T-gel shampoo ( i have to use it daily or the symptoms return). The corners of my nose also are often red and skin flakes off. Now to get to the main point here..I often let a beard grow during the winter because my skin becomes pale and my skin issues become exposed. The area surrounding my mouth and chin, kind of the "goatee" zone, become very red and skin flakes off of it, it looks almost like a horrible sun burn. I'm unsure if the cause is from the actual act of shaving, or if it's from having the beard? I notice that when I have a beard, that area overall itches and skin flakes off. I can't really see the skin at this point so I don't know what's going on under the beard hair. When i shave, I do so in the shower so the skin is warm and moist (i've heard this opens up the pours), I use a disposable razor and shaving cream. I often apply moisturizer to my face (always for sensitive skin). This might be an overall skin issue? I don't have insurance so I can't see a dermatologist. Was wondering if any of you experienced beard growers out there have ever experienced anything like this? Any idea of any insight at all would be greatly appreciated. I'm going to include a few pictures. The first two pictures are of my face minutes after I shaved. It was the worst i've ever seen it, so i was shocked and felt compelled to photograph my mortifying mouth area. The last pic is my face about 2 days after shaving, you can see that my facial hair is beginning to regenerate and my skin is flaking off heavily.

Thanks in advance, Steve
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Re: Horrible skin irritation, please help!

Postby jww » Fri Feb 21, 2014 6:14 am

Welcome to SMF Steve.

Have you consulted with a dermatologist on this issue yet? Is it possible that you may be suffering from a condition that isn't necessarily shaving related?
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Re: Horrible skin irritation, please help!

Postby Rufus » Fri Feb 21, 2014 6:27 am

jww wrote:Welcome to SMF Steve.

Have you consulted with a dermatologist on this issue yet? Is it possible that you may be suffering from a condition that isn't necessarily shaving related?


+1. A visit to a dermatologist should eliminate many blind alleys and increasing frustration on your part as you search for a cure.
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Re: Horrible skin irritation, please help!

Postby EL Alamein » Fri Feb 21, 2014 12:28 pm

Steve,

I agree with the others. And even though you don't have insurance you can still see a dermatologist. Tell them of your financial situation and ask them what their cash price is for the uninsured and if you would be allowed to set up a payment plan. Most doctors will work with you on this.

In the mean time all I can advise as an interim measure of relief is to slather vaseline on your face and let it do it's magic to help your skin heal while you're working out a plan to see the dermatologist. Apply the vaseline and lightly wipe off the excess leaving a thin film over your skin. Be sure to do this at least twice a day - in the Morning when you are ready to leave the house to get your day started and in the Evening just before you turn in for bed. It will be a bit uncomfortable until you get used to it. Don't shave during this time.

Hope that helps.

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Re: Horrible skin irritation, please help!

Postby JRTASTER » Fri Feb 21, 2014 5:07 pm

Chris and the others are right. You really need to get yourself to a dermatologist.
Easier said than done, we all realize, but your symptoms suggest a condition which
requires medical advice and attention!
Enjoying wet shaving, again.
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Re: Horrible skin irritation, please help!

Postby Squire » Fri Feb 21, 2014 9:22 pm

Hey Steve, welcome aboard. At the least I suspect you have oily skin which must be keep clean because the oil will collect and turn rancid after a couple of days which will irritate your skin causing the redness and flaking. If you wear a beard you will have to shampoo it with the same stuff that stopped the flaking in your hair because the root cause is the oil.

A retired friend of mine decided to grow a beard and experienced the same problem you are describing.
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Re: Horrible skin irritation, please help!

Postby rbaloha » Sun Feb 23, 2014 10:11 am

Sign-up for Obama Care in your home state.

Obviously your skin is irritated by some ingredients. Suggest only using all natural products.

Check out the SheaMositure line of products that is widely available. Currently using the African Black Soap body wash as a pre shave. This product is an excellent moisturizer and helps to provide a close shave.

The La Toja sensitive shave cream also could help your situation.
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Re: Horrible skin irritation, please help!

Postby Ouchmychin » Thu Mar 27, 2014 5:57 pm

I don't think you mentioned which shaving product you are currently using. I found that a brushless cream made by Alba Botanicals was a lot less irritating to my skin than soaps or creams. One I have used was aloe mint. Not too expensive either. If it does no good at least you can shave with it.
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Re: Horrible skin irritation, please help!

Postby brothers » Fri Mar 28, 2014 6:18 am

It'd be great if Steve would pop in and let us know how everything's working out for him.
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Re: Horrible skin irritation, please help!

Postby Squire » Fri Mar 28, 2014 8:05 am

What would be great would be for him to seek medical attention.
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