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cincydavid
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« on: April 17, 2010, 12:51:40 AM »

OK, so I am having major scalp issues, and I am really freaking out here....  The last few days my scalp has gotten really bad on the part right above my neck.  It is really bothering me, and i need to find a solution.  I attached some pics hoping that someone might recognize what I have and recommend a method of treatment.  Here is a little background:

-I went sly around june/july of 09

-I never had a problem in this area until maybe november of last year...  since then it is not uncommon for me to have irritation here.  However, this far exceeds the norm.

-On two or three occasions it has broken out in a similar fashion.  This is the worst yet, but it isnt exactly without precedent.  On the second occassion i went to a dermatologist...  unfortunately (?) it was largely cleared up by the time i got to see him, so he just thought it was razor rash.  Now that its back, im not so sure....

So, can anyone tell me what im dealing with?  is it razor irritation?  acne??  folliculitis??  Allergic reaction??  Infection??  

Note:  I scheduled a dermatology appointment, but they can't get me in for months.  Assuming its still bad monday (and i have every reason to believe it will be), I'm going to try to see a regular doctor.




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« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2010, 01:05:11 AM »

Do you shave against the grain in the back with a blade? I had to give up shaving ATG on the back of my head because of the same problems. I'm pretty sure it had to do with using too much pressure. Now, I shave the back of my head from the top down with very little pressure and all of the similar bumps I had disappeared after a week or so. 
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« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2010, 01:11:20 AM »

yeah, typically i go against the grain.  it just doesnt seem like i can get a close shave doing anything else.  however, until it heals that is what i will be doing.  thanks for the post.
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« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2010, 01:27:22 AM »

No prob. I had to weigh my options with the super smooth shave or having those bumps pop up.  Good luck.  Right on! Fill us in on what the doc says if you go.
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« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2010, 01:31:13 AM »

oh, believe me... given the choice between super smooth, and hideous bumps, i would glady depart from super smooth.  Still, im not entirely convinced that is my issue.  I'll definitely post what the doc says on monday, but my expectations aren't very high.
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« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2010, 03:31:05 AM »

What is your shave routine?  Give us a step by step.  Might be able to clear it up by adjusting your approach. 
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« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2010, 04:20:48 AM »

It's more than "irritation."  Some of them are clearly infected (the ones that have headed up, and others may be on the way).  A return to the dermatologist is strongly suggested.  I have no idea what the cause is.  Contaminated razor?
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« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2010, 04:34:57 AM »

I can only guess but it looks like acne to me.
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« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2010, 05:53:12 AM »

It's more than "irritation."  Some of them are clearly infected (the ones that have headed up, and others may be on the way).  A return to the dermatologist is strongly suggested.  I have no idea what the cause is.  Contaminated razor?

I agree.  I tend to get acne on my head when I have a dirty razor too.  Do you wear a ball cap a lot?  I have had that break out my head too.  I'm on board with the dermatologist, but I will tell you right now that he/she will more than likely tell you to stop shaving your head.  Sometimes you can adjust your technique and habits to clear these things up.
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« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2010, 07:28:55 AM »

Cincydavid, I'm no determatologist but used to be a barber.  That looks exactley like irritation from going against the grain or getting too close.  My dad was a baber also and used to do the old style straight edge shaves.  The few times I had one done, I got the same exact rash.

If I were you, I'd lay off shaving for a week, then cut it down with a clipper and if you want the bald look do it with an electric razor.

The few times, I shaved with a razor, I got pretty bad rashes also, but since I have started doing it with the Conair Cleanhead, it gets just as close with no irritation and rash.  However,  the rash also has acne mixed in with it, so I would lay off the shaving for at least a week.

Having said all that, still see your dermatologist for a real expert opinion.  However, I would say 99.9% it is a bad rash with acne, nothing more.  The best cure is to let it heal and leave it alone, right now shaving it will only make it worse.
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« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2010, 08:06:45 AM »

Let us know your shave routine and the products you use. One of the products may be irratating you. I had a breakout last Summer that I couldn't shake.... so I started rotating products out of my shave routine one at a time until I found the culprit. Unfortunately for me it was Shave Secret. I stopped using it and in a few days the shaving bumps disappeared.
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« Reply #11 on: April 17, 2010, 09:07:35 AM »

That my friend is irritation, I get the same mild thing on the back of my neck at times and it's usually relieved in about an hour after. I would say if you decide to make contact with skin with a razor go as gently as possilble and going with the grain might relieve the stress. The other thing and without giving info in your shave routine prep is might want to invest in some Clearhead from headblade which has salycylic acid will prevent any irritation and breakouts, the other thing and you can get it real cheap is benzoyl peroxide to use for a face wash before you shave as well.

Numerous things can be causing that, what type of razor, the shaving cream/gel might can attribute to that breakout as well as not using enough hot water. %99 of the time I shave is after I get out of a nice hot shower and it just works better IMO.
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« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2010, 09:32:11 AM »

Looks like acne or a contact dermatitis.  Wash two to three times a day with mild anti-acne soap, like Cuticura, wipe clean w/ an astringent.  Change your pillowcases often.  Clean or throw out old hats you may be wearing.  Avoid any products w/ oil that could clog the pores. 
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« Reply #13 on: April 17, 2010, 03:20:58 PM »

Looks like acne or a contact dermatitis.  Wash two to three times a day with mild anti-acne soap, like Cuticura, wipe clean w/ an astringent.  Change your pillowcases often.  Clean or throw out old hats you may be wearing.  Avoid any products w/ oil that could clog the pores. 
I agree with saintc's diagnosis. And his prescription should do the trick. But lay off the razor for a bit too. Give your skin time to recover it's natural health.
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« Reply #14 on: April 17, 2010, 04:46:23 PM »

Saintc's approach cured me the time or two I broke out in exactly the same area.  For me it was bald guyz gel and not changing my pillow case often enough.   Washing frequently and using an astringent cleared it right up and haven't had problems since.   I do shave against the grain.
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