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Old 06-10-2009, 06:10 AM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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Whenever I grow in a mustache or beard, my skin has a terrible reaction to it. It starts flaking. I've tried washing it several times a day...both with, and without, soap. I've tried lotions. Even after shaving it, the skin is red and irritated for a few days afterwards, kind of scabs up, then heals. Only happens when I have hair there...after a few days.

I suppose I'm doomed to being clean shaven the rest of my life (not that it's such a bad thing).
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Old 06-10-2009, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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Some things you should try...

Wash it with a dandruff shampoo.
Run some Sea Breeze through it after you shower.
Try using Whitch Hazel after you shower...

Don't try all of these at once...try one at a time.
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Old 06-10-2009, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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Oh, the dandruff shampoo I've also tried...it's almost as if my skin has an allergic reaction to me having hair there.
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Old 06-11-2009, 11:53 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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You might just be having a buildup of dry/flaking skin. Remember, our skin cells constantly turn over and that skin has to go somewhere. When you shave, you are exfoliating your face, but when you stop shaving the skin doesn't stop turning over. A few times a week when you are in the shower, scrub your beard, making sure you get down to the skin, with your fingernails - I don't mean hurt yourself! - just like you were giving a vigorous back scratching. Wash your beard too, with a gentle soap (I think a liquid castile soap would be ideal here) and then comb/brush out all that dead skin that builds up. I bet it will help a lot!
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Old 06-12-2009, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Whenever I grow in a mustache or beard, my skin has a terrible reaction to it. It starts flaking. I've tried washing it several times a day...both with, and without, soap. I've tried lotions. Even after shaving it, the skin is red and irritated for a few days afterwards, kind of scabs up, then heals. Only happens when I have hair there...after a few days.
The same thing happens to my husband. It is probably seborrheic dermatitis. Regular use of a dandruff shampoo on all effected areas should keep it in check. There are lots of different types and brands on the market, so try a different type if one doesn't work or irritates your skin. I get the 'classic clean' Head & Shoulders shampoo/conditioner combo for him.
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Old 06-12-2009, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Wherever women are
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Whenever I grow in a mustache or beard, my skin has a terrible reaction to it. It starts flaking. I've tried washing it several times a day...both with, and without, soap. I've tried lotions. Even after shaving it, the skin is red and irritated for a few days afterwards, kind of scabs up, then heals. Only happens when I have hair there...after a few days.

I suppose I'm doomed to being clean shaven the rest of my life (not that it's such a bad thing).
Ah come on, TK, they always told me I look 10 years older if I grow a beard.

Beards suck

Clean chin is the zing thing.
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Old 06-14-2009, 12:45 AM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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I've shaved my head too. It's too hot in Florida to have any kind of hair--at least not in the summer.

It stinks to be at work, and think they don't have the AC on--and then find out how wrong you are when you DO go outside!
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Old 01-17-2012, 05:29 PM
 
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I have the same kind of problem I got some info somewhere online
And someone suggested I try vinegar just plain white vinegar And it cleared it up in 2 days I just
soak my facial hair at nite and it works great can't hurt to try well burns a little. But that's all
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