Thanks for your thoughts Murray.
CMur12 wrote:Issac, you may be experiencing cumulative irritation...
When I wrote my post earlier today, I indeed felt like it was a pretty solid second shave. However, as the day has progressed, I feel much more irritation than I did at first. In fact, there's so much irritation that I'm going to take tomorrow off. And I guess tomorrow I'll start to see about whether or not I have some ingrown hairs.
This is actually pretty frustrating. I know I'm 'just getting started', and if I am going to be successful with this, then it will take time and practice. However, I feel like my specific background is starting to come into play here.
As I've mentioned before in other posts, I first ended up on this site because of extreme frustration with my ingrown hairs, razor bumps, and sensitive skin irritation. Also, as I've learned here, other factors include crazy 'swirl growth' in some spots and some hairs that basically lie flat on the skin. A couple years ago, when I first found this site, I incorporated the wet shaving method (face mapping, good prep, brush, proper soap/cream, light touch, beard reduction not elimination, etc.), and this, combined with finding the BumpFighter (BF) razor eliminated many of my problems:http://www.personna.com/personna/blades ... or-system/
Yes, the BF is a (one-blade, guarded) cartridge. But this razor, combined with the rest of the techniques, had virtually solved my specific problems. I still have some occasional issues, but all-in-all, my shaves have been above satisfactory. In fact, without having issues, and with all the variation in soaps & creams, I've been pretty much 'enjoying' shaving - which I've never ever been able to say before in my life.
A perfectionist by nature, I thought I'd return to the drawing board to try to get a closer shave since the BF basically gives me "9 o'clock shadow" (as in a.m.). Which I guess now brings me to this:
CMur12 wrote:[D]on't push for a close shave before you master a comfortable shave. In your own case, too close a shave will result in ingrowns, so you will ultimately need to determine how close a shave you can get without that result.
I guess I'm now starting to wonder if in fact I'm trying to perfect something that doesn't really need messing with. You know, 'letting the perfect be the enemy of the good', and all that. My face is currently giving me this message. I'm not necessarily ready to throw in the towel or anything, but I'm now wondering about this entire 'new project' in my shave routine. Perhaps I'll try a more 'mild' solution, like an adjustable injector. Perhaps I'll continue on with these SEs. Perhaps I just need to sleep on it and relax! I know at a minimum, it's the later for sure
Anyhow, sorry for the long post and the exposure of all my inner dialogue. I just get writing and it just goes on and on. Perhaps it is too much info for some, but it just seems like if anyone would understand, it'd be some of the folks around here. Again, I really can't thank everyone enough for all the advice and opinions...