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Postby SharpSpine » Tue Aug 16, 2011 9:34 am

Squire wrote:Razor burn burn is skin abrasion and the usual culprits are too much pressure or shaving too fast. Easy does it.

This has been my experience. A slower, lighter touch (think almost negative pressure) and my shaves transform from lots of irritation to none. I have to keep my strokes short too. A longer stroke will do me in.
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Postby Quarterstick » Tue Aug 16, 2011 11:38 am

olufadi1 wrote:The bad. The irritation is lingering! Maybe this is people call razor burn? I am not sure exactly what it is though (it might also be my hair growing back again so i hope its not ingrown hairs). I try to soothe the irritation with hot/cold water and the preshave that I bought. And I am fighting to urge not to scratch! Ha. Are there any good products or ways to soothe irritation?


Outside of the technique issues, a post shave that helps sooth and seems pretty popular is witch hazel. I just added this to my line up and it helps me.

Thayer's is the brand I got and seems to be the used by many on the forum although I think pretty much any brand would work. From what I could gather lower alcohol is desirable. Thayer's also has an alcohol free line, but these contain additional ingredients so I stuck with the standard. Somewhat counterinuitive, Thayer's makes a product they lable After Shave, which looks to have the exact same ingredients as the standard, but with more alcohol.
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Postby Squire » Tue Aug 16, 2011 12:15 pm

I like the alcohol for it's cleansing and antiseptic qualities but it doesn't agree with all shavers.
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Postby brothers » Tue Aug 16, 2011 3:26 pm

I like the way alcohol makes my face feel.

On the subject of razor burn, slower speed and a light touch might help avoid it.
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Postby alcx77 » Sat Aug 20, 2011 10:04 pm

Welcome aboard. You may find that as your proficiency improves blade and razor combinations which have given you trouble before become a different story.
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Postby olufadi1 » Mon Aug 29, 2011 8:45 am

Thanks!

I am still recovering from the razor burn under my chin (it seemed to get worse with time :-s... buts its almost done healing), but I went ahead with my second shave excluding the chin area.

I used the Crystals CMur12 so graciously offered me and It made for a good shave. I used shorter strokes and slowed down also. I was going to only do 2 passes WTG, but I guess because my technique is still shaky some of the hair in my mustache area was still pretty visible, so I went with 3 passes WTG. Also, my lather was MUCH better this time. I took the time to work up a good one till i saw the foamy tip at the end of my brush (what is this called? I feel like I've read it somewhere before).

All in all I think it was a good shave, and I think my technique is getting a little better. The real test though comes once under my chin is healed and I attempt to do that area again!! I hope it goes better next time!
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Postby olufadi1 » Mon Aug 29, 2011 8:52 am

speaking of under the chin, are there any tips you guys might have for this area? I think I have read its important to learn the contours of your face and try and shave in sections of flat regions. So I don't know if you guys can really give me any tips here, but this is definitely the most challenging area for me.
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Postby Ouchmychin » Mon Aug 29, 2011 10:12 am

When I was having problems on my chin or under my nose, I found that very short strokes helped a lot. I don't use soaps but I have posted my method many times and it would only lead to confusion so you will have to learn how to shave. If I had severe razor burn, I just quit shaving until the area healed. Repeated attacks on my skin only makes the irritation worse. I agree too that witch hazel is the least irritating after shave product for me.
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Postby Squire » Mon Aug 29, 2011 10:55 am

The under chin area is problematic for many of us. I handle it slowly, carefully and without any pressure.
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