Razor bumps

#1
I need some advice about getting rid and controlling razor bumps and what would happen if i cant control it in basic. All advice welcome but especially from black soldiers (im black) thanks in advance.
 
#2
Exfoliate after you shave, use one of those scrunchy things, that birds use.
 

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My last ship had several black men with razor bumps - in each case they went to a dermatologist and excused shaving. I know this may hack off the more traditional section of the Forces, but there is no reason why this can't be the same for you. Shaving is instituted to ensure personal cleanliness, and infected razor bumps aren't clean; get yourself to a doctor on joining, and get it sorted out.

I look forward to the responses.....
 
#8
My last ship had several black men with razor bumps - in each case they went to a dermatologist and excused shaving. I know this may hack off the more traditional section of the Forces, but there is no reason why this can't be the same for you. Shaving is instituted to ensure personal cleanliness, and infected razor bumps aren't clean; get yourself to a doctor on joining, and get it sorted out.

I look forward to the responses.....
Thanks alot for the replies guys. Alfred do you think if i went down that road in basic i would be medically discharged?
 
#10
I can't, and won't, speak for the Army. I can, and will, say that we had serving members in the Royal Navy who were excused shaving, by a dermatologist, because of razor bumps.
 
#11
An ex used to swear by shaving oil rather than foam, and exfoliation will help.
 
#12
I have this issue in spades and unfortunately, the only way I have found to control it is to make and keep my face very hot before and during shaving - this extend to what ever foam/oi you use.

Not a particularly practical suggestion though :(
 
#13
I work at a Training Regt and we have a lot of recruits that come through with the same problem as yourself. Just go to the Med Cen or tell the MO during your arrival medical d they will give you a chit to excuse you from shaving everyday.
 
#14
The Gentlemans Shop

I buy all my shaving gear from Robert at the above. since I threw away my mach3 and switched to a safety razor a brush and old school shaving cream I have seen a 99% drop in ingrowing hairs. @ the O.P your basic problem mate is you are shaving the hair on your face at a level below the skin, I have learnt that this is very often caused by multi blade cartridge razors and the rubber/plastic strips on them that are specifically designed to pull the skin taught as you shave. Unfortunately it seems that they are too good at the job and they force the hair to stand very proud on the skin and you end up cutting them at a hight which is normally below skin level and that's where your problem starts.
 
#15
Does that really work Dingerr, not being faceious, just wondering if it's that simple I've always had razor rash is all.
Seems to, had a black lad a couple of years ago who was chancing his arm. He would get razor bumps then go to the doctor and get a chit. Not much I could do to challenge this as patient confidentiality and all that. I was speaking to the missus about it and she commented that it was a load of bollocks and mentioned the exfoliating. I looked it up, to cover my arse. The lad's chit ran out and he turned up to work, unshaved and was subject to AGAI action yes he did come up with a million and one pte soldier excuses, but I expected this and discussed it with the Adjt. He was sent away with instructions and a list of products to enable him to better administrate himself. He was still AGAId, for the initial offence, but at least after that he behaved better.

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#18
As much as I am tempted to buy a safety razor after years of getting quite a sore neck from shaving, don't know if I want to spend €30+ on a razor alone and up to an almost unlimited amount on a brush for which I may not get on with.
 
#19
Bloody hell Biscuits, thanks for the heads up! The multi blade shiite razor is going in the bin tomorrow. I've only been shaving thirty six years and was wondering what the hell was going on lately, I've had loads of those bloody ingrowing hairs and its probably down to the bloody mach three.
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#20
Another to bear in mind to those who use the new cartridge style blades (Mach 3 etc) is they still work like an old cut throat razor. Top tip, strop the Mach 3 and it will last for ages. For the brave run you blade down your inner arm (less brave on your jeans) against the cutting edge ie so you do not cut yourself. Do this and you can get one blade to last a month. I haven't bought a pack for months now. I use a double edge razor at weekends and during the week a Mach 3.

Hot shower, use face scrub every other day. Badger shaving brush (recommend the Kent range) and shaving cream or soap (personal preference) and then shave away. Often throat razor burn or cuts is because people shave against the grain. Run you finger up your throat and if it is smooth that is the way to shave.

Strongly recommend The Gentleman's Shop for good advice and quality products.
 

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