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Are These Ingrown Hairs Or Just Acne?

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I'm currently using a DE safety razor (Merkur razor with Derby blades) and just wet shaving in the shower with Dr. Bronner's tea tree soap (for a long time I used Cetaphil antibacterial bar). My skin is so fussy about products that I find this easier than using a separate shaving cream, after shave, etc. I prefer the safety razor to modern razors, which only seem to irritate me even more.

I've been noticing about 90% of my acne is on an area in which hair grows, so I've never thought about the possibility of ingrown hairs.

I also always have some irritation/breakouts in between eyebrows, as I have unfortunately started growing unibrow hairs recently and have been plucking them (always after shower, hold skin tight, use tweezers).

Any ideas/suggestions?

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What would you recommend? I've only been using the Dr. Bronner's for a few days, but I like it so far.

Well, I did use Cetaphil products, the soap and the cleanser, they didn't do anything positive for my skin. My skin would always be dry and just wouldn't feel right. I recommend not using any type of cleanser. That's right wash with nothing but water. It works great!!! Check out the link in my signature.


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DE razors in general with any razors aren't the best thing for skin. If you choose to shave that way (as it strips your natural oils and acid mantle that are there to protect your skin) you have to do so the right way. Two passes with one going with the grain, and one going 90 degrees of the grain (never ever against the grain as that produces ingrown hairs). Most pimple and acne that are in the beard area or near eye hair, is the cause of broken hair follicles within the pore, and is typical of wet shaving. I would recommend not wet shaving, I highly recommend electric shaving as it does not use products on your face and the blade never presses against the skin to strip off oils or break follicles. You skin is already sensitive why make it worse.

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I get most of my acne in the same exact spots as you and I still am not completely sure if its acne or razor bumps/ingrown hairs. Ive tried tons of different acne medications, shavers, shaving creams, etc and nothing really makes much of a difference for me.

Well I know some of it is acne for sure, but I wonder if some of what I get is just from shaving.

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holy shit, i get the same exact acne (pus filled lesions) on my beard area. They start off as red bumps than turn into pustules.

I never shave... just use a beard trimmer, yet i still get these damn things.

What could it be??

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It does look like folliculitis to me (infection of the hair follicle, can be cause by shaving). Try exfoliating the area, using a different method of hair removal (have you tried hair removal cream? waxing or even threading? I know they're more 'girly' things but they can be better for your skin in terms of folliculitis, in-growing hairs etc).

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Really hard to tell from the photos. Ingrown hairs tend to last a bit longer then a pimple.


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