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iancevans wrote:A suggestion from an outlier. I have extremely sensitive skin (and I've been at this long enough to know) that cannot tolerate any vigorous shave brush action. I use the brush in a bowl to make lather, then apply it paint brush style, not using the brush to really massage the lather in or scrub the face. When I do use the brush to scrub (or in circular motion), I get the little red bumps you talk about without necessarily any razor burn type pain. When I use the brush my way (or go brushless), the problem disappears.
The phenomenon is worse with a badger brush than with a boar, as boar bristles are softer at the tips (when properly broken in, anyway).
This is not normal -- I don't recall any other member reporting the problem here. Nevertheless, it's very noticeable for me and it might be something for you to consider. It's a tradeoff, to be sure: the beard prep is not as good my way, so I have to be sure to shave after a shower.
Another point to consider: very thin DE blades can be irritating to some skin. My complexion has noticeably improved since switching to an injector with its thicker, sturdier blades (I noticed the same thing when I was routinely using straight razors).
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