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    Has anyone ever used Tretinoin (Renova, Retin-A)

    Hey guys. Has anyone ever used this drug? Well... not really a drug. Ever since I hit puberty, I've had razor bumps on the bottom 1/4th of my neck, and mostly on the left side. Yes, I know how to shave properly... I've tried Erythromycin, Clindamycin, Doxycycline, and every OTC product imaginable. My rents even bought the new Arcitec electric razor for me a few months ago. Saying electric razors do not give a close shave is an understatement, and if I bear down or stretch my skin to get a closer shave, I get razor bumps so I may as well shave with a razor.... I still use my razor (the one with 6 blades. Name escapes me right now) for the rest of my face, but not my neck. Hair removal creams work great, but the effect on your skin, and the ungodly smell, aren't worth it. Especially since I'd have to do it every other day anyway. Waxing (yes, I've even tried waxing) painful and messy.

    It's not as if it's debilitating lol. If you saw me on the street passing by, you probably wouldn't even notice, BUT I don't care what everyone else sees or doesn't see, I care about what I see.

    So, my question is, has anyone used this product? It's really my last resort. I've tried everything else short of laser hair removal. It's my understanding that Renova and Retin-A are uber-expensive, so I'm going to ask my doctor for the generic (not that the generic is cheap ) It's a lifestyle drug, so insurance won't cover it (understandable... but when you consider they cover Viagra it seems sort of silly)

    It's mostly used for sun damaged skin, wrinkles, and acne. Oh, I guess I forgot to say it's because I have curly hair My mother said she has some Renova I can try out, but she said it's older than dirt. Can't hurt to try it before I go to the doc's office in two months to get more Propecia. Another lifestyle drug Time to move to Canada.

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    wow complications from shaving?
    I have to shave every other day and I have never had any problems.
    What are razor bumps?
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    Retin-A Micro .1% user here. My insurance covers most of it, but as you said it is rather expensive stuff. I use it for acne, but good HEAVENS I know that (at least this concentration) doesn't help razor burn. If I use a razor to shave I normally stop the treatment for a day or two or it's just too much irritation.

    It sounds like I've got something similar to you, too. Whenever I shave on my neck I get CRAZY irritation. My solution is as follows: I got an electric razor and I use the clipper thing (like a small version of clippers used for giving haircuts.) That gets it down to a pretty reasonable length without any irritation. I've found that if I do that FIRST, then I can use the electric razor to get rid of what remains with relatively little irritations because I'm not going over it a thousand times. After that it's just a matter of moisturizing the heck out of it.

    A not about the Retin-A, though a tube costs over 100 dollars, it lasts several months. As I said I use it for acne, so I need to apply it to more area than just my neck. I could see a tube lasting you a goooood long time.
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    You said razor burn. Not the same as razor bumps I'm hoping that you didn't mean razor bumps lol. Luckily, I never, ever get razor burn. Isn't 1.% the highest concentration?

    No problems discussing anything publicly. The only place I get razor bumps is on my neck, after all. OMG I'm really laughing out loud lol.

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    Problem solved right here. Don't shave. Well with a razor. I don't. I keep a little beard and I'm fly to death. The ladies love it.

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    You said razor burn. Not the same as razor bumps I'm hoping that you didn't mean razor bumps lol. Luckily, I never, ever get razor burn. Isn't 1.% the highest concentration?
    Eh, on my neck I normally get burn first (just redness and irritation) and then followed by bumps. D:

    While I'm not certain that .1% is the highest concentration, the only other concentration that I know of is half of that.

    Like I said though, if they give you a lower concentration, you may not have the problems I get when using it around shaving.

    What the heck is it about necks anyway? The rest of my face has no problems with shaving, but my neck... Arg. I guess it's at least partially due to the fact that I need to navigate my adam's apple...
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    Have you tried traditional old fashioned wet shaving like your grandfather used to do, as in using a badger hair brush, English shaving cream, and the old fashioned single edged razor. You might be able to solve this problem by doing an old fashioned wet shave even with your current razor. This solved my problem with shaving bumps even with my current cartridge razor. The brush really makes a difference as does the nice imported shaving cream. You have to spend more time doing this but you get a much closer shave and you don't irritate the skin like with canned creams and just using your hands and it got rid of my shaving bumps.

    I blame cooperate shaving creams and such for the loss of this art. I wasn't trained how to do it properly and had to teach myself, and yes you will have to relearn to shave.
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    No, it was a boar hair brush. Told ya I've tried almost everything

    To give you an example of my hair, at the bottom of my beck, where the hair line is, my hair grows almost horizontally, but curved. In all seriousness, no exaggeration. It's too numerous to pluck. If I could get some pharmaceutical intervention, I'd love to shave with a straight edge; it's so close.

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