Face vs Razor...

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    Jan 16, 2008 7:55 AM GMT
    I have a big problem and hope someone could help me.

    Everytime I shave my face always gets razor burn and cuts no matter what I do. icon_evil.gif The skin bumps up and the razor just chopps off each bump. and after shaveing my skin dry out daily no matter how often I wash it. Have tried useing electric razors but they never actually seem to CUT the hairs, rather they RIP the hairs out...ouchies!

    Does anyone else have extreamly senceitive facial skin and if so what do you do/use when you have to shave.

    Right now I just use a trimmer to chop down the long hair and always have a stubble look. Thanks in advance for you input.
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    Jan 16, 2008 1:12 PM GMT
    I don't know much about "proper grooming" but I have heard a few things. I heard that you should shave after a warm shower. Apparently it opens the pours and makes it easier to shave. Also go very slow! Take your time and go with the grain.

    Thats all I got.
  • buffyogi

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    Jan 16, 2008 1:36 PM GMT
    I have had this same problem in the past. There are a number of things you can try. First of all, change the blade on the razor each time you shave. Expensive, yes, but this will prevent those bumps from being aggravated by infection. Wet your face with hot water 10 minutes before you shave. Shave gently with hot water, holding the skin taut instead of pressing down hard onto the skin with the razor. Try using a product called "TEND Skin" as aftershave. Your GP or dermatologist can also prescribe a anti-bacterial foam that will help. It may take weeks or months before you see results.
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    Jan 16, 2008 2:23 PM GMT
    I switch back and forth from electric to razors every few weeks, only shave after I take a warm shower, and use a pre-electric shave conditioner like Lectric Shave (which helps raise the hairs on your face) when I use an electric razor. I've had razor bump problems too, but with care and attention you can control it.
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    Jan 16, 2008 2:24 PM GMT
    Avoid shaving creams and aftershaves with alchohol. While shaving, rinse your razor under cold water, not hot. It will help preserve the blade. Find yourself a moisturizer (yeah, I know, it sounds gay, but if your skin is dry, you need it, if you're oily and you sound like you're not, you don't need it as much). If you're not doing it already, add fish oils to your diet. Drink lots of water.
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    Jan 16, 2008 2:38 PM GMT
    I shave before I wash my face, using the natural oil in my skin instead of shaving creams/gels. You can also Google Shaving tips and try different ideas.
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    Jan 16, 2008 3:18 PM GMT
    I always shave in the shower. The steam from the shower seems to help with a smooth clean shave and no bumps. I wet my face first and then shave without putting anything on my face. I let my natural skin oils provide the lubrication for my shave. Works wonders for me.
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    Jan 16, 2008 3:58 PM GMT
    I would advise you to consult your dermatologist.
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    Jan 16, 2008 4:06 PM GMT
    Freakyninjamonkey saidafter shaveing my skin dry out daily no matter how often I wash it. Have tried useing electric razors but they never act


    well, that is a problem. If you keep washing your face no wonder it is drying out. Every time you wash it, whether you use soap or not, you are stripping your skin of its natural oils. Use some moisturizer. Moist skin wont be so brittle and prone to getting cut.

    The advice about shaving after showering, seeing a dermatologist, and changing razors are all great advice. I would add, take your time. If you try to speedily shave you are going to rip hair out instead of cutting it.
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    Jan 16, 2008 4:20 PM GMT
    Use a shaving brush, and try using a shaving oil rather than a foam. L'Occitane do a nice almondy one, but I'm sure there are equivalents if you don't have a local l'Occitane
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    Jan 16, 2008 6:19 PM GMT
    The trick is to use a Face scrub and shower before you shave. The scrub / hot water loosens up tough thick facial hair and makes it easier to shave..causing a smoother shave with no bumps. Also use a shaving gel for sensitive skin.

    Avoid using after shave lotions - they all suck.. very important to moisturize after you shave. I use Loreal Man Expert Anti-Fatigue facial moisturizer.. not sure if its available in the US... but any good moisturizer should work.
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    Jan 17, 2008 2:32 AM GMT
    Freakyninjamonkey saidI have a big problem and hope someone could help me.

    Everytime I shave my face always gets razor burn and cuts no matter what I do. icon_evil.gif The skin bumps up and the razor just chopps off each bump. and after shaveing my skin dry out daily no matter how often I wash it. Have tried useing electric razors but they never actually seem to CUT the hairs, rather they RIP the hairs out...ouchies!

    Does anyone else have extreamly senceitive facial skin and if so what do you do/use when you have to shave.

    Right now I just use a trimmer to chop down the long hair and always have a stubble look. Thanks in advance for you input.


    I have the same problem, and here's what I have found works for me:

    I use Neutrogena Men's face scrub on my beard and neck. Then I use the Neutrogena Men's shave cream. I use a Mach3 turbo vibrating razor. I shave every other day, and I shave in the shower. It's really worked well for me, and it's not a high cost regime. I hope this helps.
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    Jan 17, 2008 6:35 AM GMT
    Thank you everyone for all the tips, I will be sure to try them out and see what works best for me. Kinda feels funny asking shaveing advice at 27 years old icon_redface.gif.
  • GQjock

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    Jan 19, 2008 11:22 AM GMT
    I have a heavy beard with really sensitive skin and when I shave with a regular razor my bathroom looks like the set of a slasher movie
    ...by necessity I have to go to an electric razor
    it was either that or weekly transfusions
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    Jan 19, 2008 1:47 PM GMT
    danielryan saidI would advise you to consult your dermatologist.


    This was excellent advice...personally, just in case I would do it. I have my process down below if you want to take a look...

    I too have sensitive skin prone to razor bumps if i do not do the following things...mind you doing this takes about an hour or more - but I will only have to shave once per week) and yes I do follow this every week.

    Pre-Shave:

    Cleanse Face:
    Cleansing Face Wash First (Kiehls)
    Scrubbing face Wash Second (Kiehls)

    This warms up and exfoliates the skin - It also apparently helps to push out the hairs making them easier to cut. It will also smooth and soften your skin.

    Warm your razor under warm water. After you rinse your face, you may even want to have a warm compress to put on the area that you are getting ready to shave to make sure it is as warm as possible.

    Shave:
    4 Blade Razor (disposables work very well for me - but some people like other kinds)
    Shave Oil - (any kind is normally good as long as it does not leave skin TOO oily)
    Shave cream (AVEENO sensitive skin w/ oatmeal is very good)

    Apply shave oil to skin and hair along shaving area first - then the shaving cream. Next warm your razor and clean it out for about 15-20 seconds under warm - hot water to get the blades heated up. Shave - It is recommended that most shave with the grain DOWNWARD to minimize bumps - however we are all snowflakes and may have different grains. However, I have noticed that shaving downward DRASTICALLY reduces iritation and bumps. Also shave the same area twice - this sounds weird - but it will help in getting missed hairs and making your face as hair free as possible. Keep the water warm during this time and rinsing.

    Post shave (this is where I am different from many others)

    -Cold Compress - this will help close any bleeders and pores quickly as well as reduce the likelihood of razor bumps. Do not ask me why but this works.

    -Face mask...super gay - I know but I use Kiehl's rare earth face mask to help keep my pores as clean and clear as possible - again to minimize razor bumps. I leave it on for about 20 minutes or until my face feels like it can not move. lol.

    Finally, I shower. No details needed here. But needless to say you do not need to do an extreme face wash here - a mild soap will be just fine.

    Post Shower:

    I use a mild toner (Neutrogena) to clear as well as to help close the pores and make my skin radient.
    Finally, I use a light moisturizer with salicylic (sp?) acid (kiehls or neutrogena).

    The entire process takes exactly one hour but after my skin feels incredible, looks incredible, and I will only have to shave once a week. I actually never wrote my process out before and just realized how "intense" (or maybe insane) it is.

    In a nutshell...

    Face wash
    Scrubbing face wash
    Shave Oil
    Shave Cream
    Warm Razor
    Shave
    Shave again (lightly to get missed spots)
    Warm Rinse
    Cold Compress
    Face Mask
    Warm Shower
    Toner
    Moisturize
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    Jan 19, 2008 2:07 PM GMT
    oh my god...it's less work to build an atom bomb. (i'm just kidding...its WAY more work to build an atom bomb)

    There's a really hot guy on RJ who had the same problem, but he's shy. He ended up going and getting his face lasered...ARGH! lasered! ya, I know!

    Anyway...I will say this...his face is nice and smooth and I wanna kiss it!
  • Artesin

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    Jan 19, 2008 8:11 PM GMT
    If your face is drying out that often and all you do is wash it, use moisturizer instead. I recommend Aveeno, it'll get rid of the scars too, which is what a dermatologist advised me to use for past acne scarring. Shave downward and find titanium blades, they are hard to dull and are very clean reducing the chance of an infection.
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    Jan 19, 2008 10:06 PM GMT
    All my hair follicles are highly sensitive, and the only comfortable way for me to shave is in the shower. Most of the time, I shave with a Gillette Sensor 3. Sometimes I shave with a wet/dry Panasonic electric shaver.
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    Jan 19, 2008 10:14 PM GMT
    Here's what I did

    Treat yourself to a straight razor shave by a licensed barber, it's amazing

    In shower or just after, 'cuz your pores are open

    Next up, start with shave oil. I use art of shaving lavender oil

    Then put your shave cream on over the oil. I use neutrogena sensitive skin

    Go always with the grain ( I'd like to get closer by going against but I get ingrowns bad )

    finish with cold towel to close the pores back up

    also as suggested TendSkin works wonders!

    change razor blade often



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    Jan 19, 2008 10:28 PM GMT
    Here's my routine:

    1. Shower for a few minutes, or wash face throroughly

    2. Use a shaving brush (the boar bristle type) and shaving soap

    3. Apply a very thin coat of shaving oil

    4. Apply a non-scented gel such as Aveeno or Neutrogena

    5. Shave with a double blade razor and a recently fresh blade

    a. Shave with the grain of the beard

    b. Start with the easiest, least irritated places, and finish with the hardest

    c. Shave each area only once. If you notice any conspicuous places that need reshaving, re-lather and shave them only

    6. After shaving, rinse with cool water

    7. Don't put anything on your face immediately after shaving, when the skin is most sensitive. Pat dry with a towel. After your skin has dried a few minutes, apply witch hazel or another soothing product such as aloe to only the irritated places

    8. If you skin is too dry, try shaving and washing your face less often. Trying to re-moisturize is less effective than avoiding drying in the first place. Try cleansers such as Cetaphil instead of soaps

    9. If you skinis very irritated, give it a break by not shaving for a few days

    PS- My skin is very sensitive to irritation, and any product I use tends to make it worse, so I find trying less is always a better option than more
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    Jan 19, 2008 10:38 PM GMT
    I work in the image management business and this was also an issue for me. As someone who is a spokesperson for a skin care product as well - I could not continue to deal with the extremely sensitive skin and constant irritation I would get from shaving.

    All the tips of after the shower and go slow are all great.

    First trick is to actually use the cheap disposible BIC razors. The ones with the single blade that you only use once. They have some that are intended for sensitive skin and you get like 20 for $3.

    There are two reasons to use these as opposed to the 3 and 4 blade razors.

    First - less chance of bacteria and any cause of infection from any cuts you may incur.

    Secondly - the razors with multiple blades are intended to lift and pull the hair away from the face cutting it more deeply, all in an attempt for a "smoother" shave. What can often happen with men with sensitive skin (like myself) is that it actually pulls the hair follicle and causes it to retract back into the pore...then causing an ingrown hair.

    You may have to shave more often this way ----

    But it will also help you avoid the ingrowns.

    Other thing to do is ask your Dermo for a prescription of Brevoxyl, Creamy Acne Wash. It is an 8% benzoyl peroxide wash by prescription only, and lather this to shave with instead of any other shaving cream.

    The benzoyl peroxide will also decrease on any bacteria on the skin, helping to eliminate shaving issues.
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    Jan 19, 2008 10:52 PM GMT
    I actually shave in the shower...it's always a much smoother shave for me...I don't even use a shaving gel/cream, just plain soap and water...but for you, I would recommend some kind of beard softener as the others suggested...
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    Jan 20, 2008 3:55 PM GMT
    For me, shaving in the shower is the only way to go. Before I learned to do it this way, I tried all kinds of expensive shavers and methods. I drew blood trying to get a close shave. Now, the hot water, and soap or shave cream, plus Gillette Mach III blades work great. Here's the key - I wait until my shower is nearly over before shaving - thus giving plenty of time for the hot water and steam to do their stuff.

    I also found out that trimming nails and cuticles works much better after a shower too. I even brush teeth and floss in the shower - why dirty up my sink and mirror?! This routine makes it fast and easy for me to get going in the morning --- or to get ready for a hot night!
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    Jan 20, 2008 8:40 PM GMT
    I always shave after I shower. I sometimes use a pre-shave oil from The Art of Shaving, then comes the shaving cream, I use the kind you lather up with a brush, then if I have time I'll use my straight razor (takes a while to get the hang of though, kind of a high learning curve. Gets the adrenaline going though!) Then I rinse with cold water, use a toner and then a moisturizer.

    Learning to shave with a straight razor really helped me out, even when I'm using my Mach 3, because it's really important you know which direction the grain of your facial hair goes. Pay really close attention to that and always shave with it.

    There was a time I used an electric, but never again. A wet shave is an art for gentlemen.
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    Jan 30, 2008 7:30 PM GMT
    Try this site out....

    http://www.ftmguide.org/shaving.html