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    I've been having some issues with shaving. (I'm a man so I don't shave anything other than my face, I try to maintain my manliness.) As I have been growing facial hair, I've noticed that my face just doesn't like the natural cutting edge of the razor like it should. It gets irritated and red and also retaliates with my bane, ingrown hairs!

    I don't know if my skin is just too sensitive or whether it's my shaving technique that has my face going against me. I have been shaving down with the grain to reduce irritation, but it doesn't give a close shave.

    Do any of you men (and women) have tips to share of how you shave and keep a clean complexion in the process? Even if you only shave other body parts, you still have very valuable input.

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    Ensure you shave after or while in the shower. The hot water opens up the pores and softens both the skin and hair.

    You say you're already shaving with the grain, which is good. Keep using sharp, clean razors and change them frequently to help cope with the lack of close-up shave.

    Ensure you exfoliate your skin (I even sometimes shave with the exfoliant in my shave gel. Tis a bit hard on the razor, but it works well.) to help prevent ingrown hairs.

    They have several varieties of shave gels specified for guarding against redness and irritation, I went to using bikini-line shave gels for everything just because it's made for sensitive skin.

    Moisturize your skin. If you're still having lots of problems after that.. I dunno how to help you.
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    1. Make sure your face is completely saturated with warm water.

    2. Only press lightly while shaving against the grain. Shave WITH the grain first if you've let the hairs grow out past a centimeter in length, and THEN shave against the grain to get whatever's left.

    3. If your face gets irritated enough for bumps or blood to appear, refrain from shaving until the bumps/irritation subside, or you'll just keep inflaming it. It's best to avoid shaving daily if possible, once every two or three days is ideal to avoid swelling.

    4. Allow your face time to get used to the shaving method. It doesn't always happen in weeks, it can take months.

    5. Take lots of Vitamin E suppliments, and rub Vitamin E Skin Care cream on your face after every shave in order to help heal the inevitable damage as quickly as possible.

    Here's hoping you can save up for laser hair removal or something soon, if your skin is anything like mine. Shaving the face is awful, and I'm never going to be comfortable in my own skin as long as the roots are intact. My skin is so transparent you can see the roots anyway, so I don't benefit much from shaving. Sometimes I tweeze the darkest hairs before shaving when I want to look as presentable as possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oom View Post
    I've been having some issues with shaving. (I'm a man so I don't shave anything other than my face...
    I'm a man, and the only thing I don't shave are my pubes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Oom View Post
    ...I try to maintain my manliness.) As I have been growing facial hair, I've noticed that my face just doesn't like the natural cutting edge of the razor like it should. It gets irritated and red and also retaliates with my bane, ingrown hairs!
    OK, I have 20 years experience fighting razor burn...just like yours.

    Quote Originally Posted by Oom View Post
    I don't know if my skin is just too sensitive or whether it's my shaving technique that has my face going against me. I have been shaving down with the grain to reduce irritation, but it doesn't give a close shave.
    It's most likely your skin. If I shave my whole face against the grain I will look like a truck ran over my face and neck 24 hours later.

    This can be genetic. My Dad used to get exemptions from adhering to U.S. military shaving protocols in the 60's-80's bhecause he has the same problem.

    Quote Originally Posted by Oom View Post
    Do any of you men (and women) have tips to share of how you shave and keep a clean complexion in the process? Even if you only shave other body parts, you still have very valuable input.
    Yes.

    (1) First of all Kyuuei is right about shaving after a hot shower, open pores are easier to deal with.

    (2) You might have rosacea. Some souirces say that between 1/4 to 1/3 of the population have it to some degree. If this is the case, the mechanical irritation of the razor blade AND the hot water used at ther end of the shave are both irritants and can cause an outbreak.

    (3) Use cold water at the end of your shave and see what happens. This alleviates my sensitivity a little bit.

    (4) Slather your neck/problem areas with hydrocortisone cream immediately after your shave. That will calm it down by inhibiting the eruption by suppressing the ability of your epidermis to express a histamine response/ increased blood flow.

    (5) If you can later, use some type of antibacterial cream (not ointment or you will look greasy) as prescription rosacea meds are essentially antibiotics.

    (6) Don't put too much pressure on the razor!

    (7) Don't use alcohol based after shave products.

    (8) Consider use of an electric razor in addition to a blade. Alternating between the two significantly reduces the overall razor burn as your skin is not getting hammered with the same stimuilli all the time. BRAUN makes a great one for about $130. I use it all the time, and use a blad only about once or twice a week.


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    Don't shave over the same spot more than a couple of times. Once most of the hair is gone you start taking off skin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biaxident View Post
    Don't shave over the same spot more than a couple of times. Once most of the hair is gone you start taking off skin.
    This is good advice, if you're not overly concerned about a close shave, and for minimizing the impact of daily shaving if it proves necessary despite existing irritation.

    If you do want it to be as close as possible, it's better to be very careful and line the razor up to remove the most hair, and limit yourself to 3 or 4 strokes, rather than 2. 2 strokes will not usually give you a clean shave.

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    #1 use a sharo razor. so you don't #3
    #2 wash your face with very warm water* (this will make or break the experience, so do it.)
    #3 don't press hard. see Biaxident's post above!

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    Oh final thought, if you do get razor burn "bumps", regardless of source (rosacea, ingrown hair, razor burn, etc.) a good way tio dry it out is to use Retin-A cream or gel. Dehydrate it, and it can't turn into a huge horrible bump...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halla74 View Post
    Oh final thought, if you do get razor burn "bumps", regardless of source (rosacea, ingrown hair, razor burn, etc.) a good way tio dry it out is to use Retin-A cream or gel. Dehydrate it, and it can't turn into a huge horrible bump...
    Listen to Halla! He's got skills! I just shave over the bumps and try to staunch the bleeding after the fact.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nebbykoo View Post
    Listen to Halla! He's got skills! I just shave over the bumps and try to staunch the bleeding after the fact.
    Heya big guy!

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