So happy I finally tried this. I've tried everything to prevent and treat ingrowns and red bumps.. this is the only thing that has worked consistently.
The only thing that scared me before was the price (It's about $20 for the smaller sized bottle), but this WORKS. Worth the cost, and will continue to repurchase forever....
The "homemade version" doesn't work like this does.
Remember to apply to dry skin.
I didn't think this product worked for quite a while because I was using it incorrectly. When I first used it I splashed on a lot using a cotton ball after a bath when I was still wet-it burnt and irritated my skin, leaving me with more red little bumps than I had had. This time, around, however, I applied a very small amount using a tissue and only after my skin was completely dry. I then applied a natural lotion on top. I have been doing this for a week now after my showers and for the first time I have no red bumps in my bikini zone where I always get them after shaving. I do feel the product is over priced and it can be drying and smells bad but since it is so effective I am going to continue to use it.
back in JULY, i made the mistake of getting a brazilian from a back-alley place for only $15, biggest mistake of my life. within days i had a bunch of red bumps on my "area!" I had gotten many waxes before this and had never had this problem. I asked an aesthetician acquaintance of mine about it and she said that my waxer must have been using unclean supplies and probably gave me a staph infection :(. She told me about tendskin way back when this problem first started, but when I saw the price I was reluctant to try it out. My gyno saw the bumps and she said I should let it grow out, but that didn't change anything. So I tried every single suggestion that can be found online except for tendskin, INCLUDING homemade tend skin (which DOES NOT have the same formula and didn't do anything for me) and bikini zone. After dealing with this humiliating problem until FEBRUARY I finally caved and went to sephora and bought tendskin. within TWO DAYS i was amazed at the improvement and within a week i had perfectly smooth skin. after dealing with this problem for MONTHS. if you suffer from bikini bumps, stop wasting your time with other products and just buy this so you can get it over with! it'll get the job done! p.s. i have the most sensitive skin of everyone i know, and this didn't bother me one bit.
I had been looking for a product that would prevent/treat ingrown hairs and bumps for my husband. He tends to get several bumps right underneath his jawline and neck from shaving. I asked for suggestions on this site and I was told to try tendskin. I went to Ulta and was shocked at the price but figured if it worked, it was worth it. It does work, he doesn't have problems with bumps pretty much at all anymore. He has been using it for a month now and the bottle is still almost full. I am pretty sure it will last him at least six months, so for $20 it really isn't too bad. I will definitely buy this for him again when it runs out.
Oh and I also used it after a brazilian wax and the result was the same. No bumps!
This review is for the TendSkin deodorant. While is smells nasty and chemically upon application, it works at neutralizing odors. It is unscented, but one or two swipes under the arm is all you need for protection. My only issue is that I prefer to use natural products... I am loving my Hugo Naturals sea fennel and passionflower deodorant!
HG status for ingrown hairs especially on the bikini line. It's very harsh in an exfoliation sense. If you use too much too often your skin will peel. At one point I did not use it on cotton pads I used my hands, next day I had peeling hands so it's strong and effective. One tip that I *think* makes it more effective is 1. use it on DRY skin, it also states this on the bottle 2. Use a moisturizer after.
In a pinch I've also used it as a spot treatment dabbed on a qtip but very rarely because as I said before it's very drying and strong.
The smell is SUPER strong, your bathroom will reek for a couple of minutes after.
This is the ONLY ingrown hair treatment I've found that works. However it is ridiculously expensive for what it is and has a fairly short ingredients list so I make my own. Works just as well. I tend to add more witch hazel than the recipes you'll find. I think this makes it less harsh, I don't get any of the skin peeling probems other people have mentioned.
On the plus side - it really does what it's supposed to, getting rid of painful ingrown hairs. Which is awesome.
On the minus side - it makes my skin peel in sheets. Like plastic wrap. So just as ugly looking, just less painful. Also, smells like vinegar.
Also - for the love of all that is holy, do NOT put this on wet skin. It will burn and you will shriek.
Until I can find something that works just as well but doesn't cause me to look like I have a skin disorder, I'll use it.
MY Absolute, #1, hands-down HG product for avoiding razor burn and ingrown hairs...ESPECIALLY in the bikini area =) I discovered this years ago and have never looked back. I've tried everything from bikini zone to DIY home remedies. Nothing has EVER helped me avoid razorburn on my somewhat sensitive skin, other than tendskin! I still get the occassional red bump, but overall, this is my miracle.
I won't lie...this can sting...but it WORKS! Fortunately my skin's reaction to this is brief, but I could see how some people could not deal with how harsh this product is - FYI it DOES contain aspirin which I think is the secret. I use this on any shaved area about 10 mins after exiting the shower, but before I step out of the steamy bathroom. The key is to work with it while your pores are still open, but this should be used only on DRY skin, as the package indicates. I'm not really sure if it's a chemical reaction or what, but the burn is much worse (and travels more) on wet skin.
Any shaved area gets so angry with me if I forgot my tendskin. I keep the little smpl bottles on hand for travelling, b/c I'd never be w/o this product. Yes, it's expensive - but so, so worth it. The largest bottle takes me about 3-6 mos to get through depending (I shave underarms, legs, and bikini area about 3x/wk on average.) On especially stubborn areas, I will use this the day after shaving as well to reduce ingrowns. Note again, this stings much less on completely dry skin. If you're very sensitive, use this at least 1 hr after a shower once pores close. May not work quite as well, but it won't bite back as much. I use an old soft towel to smooth this on my skin. I find a cotton ball or pad absorbs more of the product, deposits less on the affected area, and overall wastes more product. I have and will repurchase time and time again. I've tried other products from this line, but have only stuck with this one. I generally don't like the way the shaving gels, etc. smell. Yes, this smells like straightup rubbing alcohol which really bugs my fiance....my only big complaint! (But he still has stolen it many times when out of after shave...and even when he's fully stocked ;) Love it!
WARNING: especially for sensitive skin ladies. I've gotten what I believe to be chemical burns from this product in the past. The skin will STING like he!!, flush, turn red - eventually dissaptes for me - but I could see someone w/super senisitive skin having more permanent damage. I'm not knocking off a star - b/c sometimes beauty is pain and this stuff is AMAZING at what it does. However, I DO NOT think this is for all skin types, and would def. recommend doing a patch test before using over large areas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Did not work. The only thing it did do was sting really bad. Did not help ingrown hairs, or razor burn, or any other little red bumps from shaving.