OK, when I shave my legs, I do it sitting down in the bath. I have very sensitive skin, so I do it really slow. It takes me about an hour. So, I sit in these chemicals every couple of days in the bath for a long period of time. When I am done, my legs itch and are sore.
1. Am I allergic to the shaving cream?
2. Is this normal for my legs to itch/be sore?
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I think you need to see a dermatologist really bad. I had a customer who was experiencing a lot of the same problems you seem to be, and it was determined that she was actually allergic to something in the water itself. Everytime she got in the shower or took a bath, she itched like crazy - even if she never touched or used soap, shampoo or anything else - just the water. If she ran plain water over her hands, the same thing would happen.
If the shaving cream only touches your legs and you do not transfer any to your face on your fingers, then there is no way it would break out your face if you have only allowed it to touch your legs.
I seriously doubt that the allergen is blood-borne. An irritant contact dermatitis will generally 'go away' as soon as the irritating substance is removed. If it is on your hands and you touch skin on other parts of your body, then yes, it will effect that particular spot as well. Poison ivy is an 'irritant' substance. Somethig you are 'allergic' to, you are allergic to for life. These 2 types of dermatitis are very similar, but the results are different. I ony told you about the water because it took Rachel about 6 months for the Doctors to figre out it wasn't the soap, shampoo, shaving cream or any other 'cleansing' product -- It was a certain chemical in the water. If you can't find out what is irritating your skin by trial and error, you really should see a dermatologist.
It's a pretty common problem with shaving. If you're sitting in bathwater when you do this, the products youre using (like the soap, shave cream etc) would likely also bother your butt and hips and any other part under the bathwater if it was chemical. I think you're taking way to long to shave and putting too much into it. With every scrape along your leg you're taking off more skin cells. Some things to try would be:
1)Use a new razor each and every time. This will keep you from having to go over and over the same areas. Try the tripletrack venus razor. It's kind of expensive but very sharp and nice.
2)Shave in the same direction the hair grown instead of against the grain.
3) Use hair conditioner on your legs instead of soaps to lather them up.
4) Don't use cheap razor's.
Hope this helps <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif"> good luck.