Originally Posted by kronik
I'm an African-American with a pretty bad PFB problem... that being said, I typically avoid shaving for as long as possible because inevitably, every time I do, I get a crapload of ingrown hairs/unsightly razor bumps. I've come to the conclusion that I'd be much happier with 5 o'clock shadow than razor bumps; I'm looking for a razor (or clippers) that I can use that won't shave me as cleanly, if that makes any sense.. I'm not sure where one would find this. Also, I'm looking for recommendations for a aftershave with salicylic acid in it. I currently use Chanel face products that for the most part, keep my acne reined in, but don't help at all with the ingrown hairs. Thanks.
Kronik, There's some good advice dispensed here. I get ingrowns, too. I've tried everything from Magic Shave to Bump Fighter. I've been experimenting with the Xtreme 3 blade disposable, but find the Shick Slim Twin works well for me. My brother uses a single-blade safety razor (the Art of Shaving carries one currently) and swears by it. A straight razor is supposed to be the shit, but who has the skill or time for that? Lately I've been using a pre-shave oil, which seems to set the beard up nicely and leaves my face in better shape after regular, daily shaving. After shaving I use an alum block which closes pores and takes care of nicks. It also seems to help with the bumps, too. L'Oreal has a line of men's skin care called ADS (Active Defense System) which helps with razor bumps. Tend Skin, as previously mentioned, does a great job, too. Oh! forgot about these. . . Zirh has a face wash with salacylic acid. In addition, the Art of Shaving has an Ingrown Hair Night Cream
made with willow bark extract, which has salacilin (a product of salacylate, which also produces salacylic acid). This works well. Put it on at night for a week and the bumps are gone. Use it as needed.