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Grow a beard - tired of rosacea, razor rash, heat rash, allergy rash

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For many years I've had problems with a red rash on my face which comes and goes, depending on whether there is a 'y' in the day of the week or month.

 

(This post is not about curing the red rash - I've given up on that one - it is suggestions about growing designer stubble to mask the rash)

 

Sometimes it flares up after using a wet razor (Mach Sensitive for sensitive skin)

Sometimes after I shave with an electric razor

Sometimes it flares up in the heat and humidity

Sometimes it flares up for no apparent reason at all, perhaps a food allergy.

 

In any case, the rash stays on my face for weeks at a time, leaving me looking as if I've consumed too much strong alcohol.  I use a concealer from Eucerin to mask the worst of the colour (I'm a teacher, so don't want to scare my students!!).

 

I have visited skin specialists in Bangkok, who have prescribed different antibiotic creams (which cause my face to flare up even more!). Common treatments, such as Aloe Vera also cause my face to flare up.

 

The only thing that seems to work is if I leave my face skin totally alone and don't shave - my stubble masks the red colour.

 

If this rash is Rosacea, there seems little that I can do about it because I cannot find a supplier of Mirvaso in Thailand, (a cream which shrinks the blood vessels on the face and thus reduces the red colour).  Mirvaso can be ordered online for several hundred dollars!.

 

So I'm thinking to grow some designer stubble, to mask the red colour.  My beard comes through grey/white (I'm 59).

 

Are there other posters who have designer stubble (by choice), and can advise me about what sort of electric razor to use and how to 'care' for my stubble?  I don't want to look like an unshaven tramp 🙂

 

 

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Have you tried using Sudocrem, it does reduce redness, & it's only about 300 baht?

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Or you could shave with a safety razor, with the grain.

I'm guessing nobody taught you how to shave properly, a forgotten art.

Multi-blade razors used 'backwards' are bound to cause razor burn on some skins.

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Depending on what the red rash is , it could be made worse with facial hair.

If its psoriasis, try experimenting with diet, I have suffered the same over the years and for me its Nightshade Plants, especially capsicum (peppers), a couple of days after eating it a big flare up. 

 

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for many years I've used a beard trimmer on the lowest setting once per week to obtain stubble length, let grow out for a few days then run the trimmer over it again when the length starts to bother me...not the neatest of solutions but I've always been a bit of a scruff anyway...and you can also use the trimmer on the longest setting to trim around yer ears and sideburns if ye have trouble finding a barber...

 

I don't have any skin problems so YMMV...I've got a Panasonic ER2031 rechargeable beard trimmer that I highly recommend...

 

 

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1 hour ago, simon43 said:

I don't want to look like an unshaven tramp

Why not?

Only way forward man!

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1 hour ago, faraday said:

Have you tried using Sudocrem, it does reduce redness, & it's only about 300 baht?

It's great on babies bums too.

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45 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

Or you could shave with a safety razor, with the grain.

I'm guessing nobody taught you how to shave properly, a forgotten art.

Multi-blade razors used 'backwards' are bound to cause razor burn on some skins.

And a good quality soap/foam, or try coconut oil as a lubricant  (for your face, cheeky)

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Thanks for all the advice.  Sudocrem gives me a rash!!  (Anything that I put on my face gives me a rash...)

 

I've carefully examined my diet, but have been unable to identify any particular allergic reaction.

 

when my skin flares up, the red patches are always exactly in the same areas of my face (forehead between my eyes, centre of chin, cheeks and above nasofolds.

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I did suggest that it might be the water in BKK, as you said your rash was ok in Cambodia - or wherever you were, but erupted when you came back here.

 

Have you tried Aloe Vera taken directly from the plant?

 

We've got some in our garden, & find it very helpful with occasional skin issues.

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26 minutes ago, simon43 said:

when my skin flares up, the red patches are always exactly in the same areas of my face (forehead between my eyes, centre of chin, cheeks and above nasofolds.

You shave your forehead????????

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27 minutes ago, simon43 said:

(Anything that I put on my face gives me a rash..

Anything?????   lol

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1 minute ago, BritManToo said:

You shave your forehead????????

They do when you go to the barbers here, a very light go-over with the razor on your forehead, right under your eyes, ear lobes, anywhere else they can see fluff growing !!!!

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Faraday, yes I've used Aloe Vera plant stalk and applied it directly - it exacerbates the redness, as does baby lotion 😞

 

No, I don't shave my forehead - the areas of redness are not only the regions where I shave - but shaving (wet or dry) certainly does cause a flare-up.

 

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