Shaving problem


I have a shaving problem.

In the last 6 months, I have been unable to shave once without creating a dozen little pinhole cuts under my chin and around my mouth. I’ve tried shaving in all directions, regular and electric razors, various cremes and foams.

I have so many cuts that now my face is a mess.

Shaving is scary, and my quality of life has gone down.

Please help,

Dear Robert,

The problem is that 6 months ago, you used a dull razor. This created a bunch of little cuts, which turned into a bunch of little scabs. And the next time you shaved, you re-cut the old scabs, and started new cuts. Repeat this for six months and your injuries have grown at an exponential rate.

Even with a new razor, you’ve got too much shit on your face now, you’re just gonna reopen the cuts.

To fix the problem, here are the tools you’ll need

Here’s what you do:

  1. Stop shaving for 7 days and let your face heal
  2. Turn your shower on HOT, get the bathroom all steamy
  3. Take a shower, but don’t wash your face — you need the oils
  4. While in the shower, apply the shaving cream, rub it in, let it hang out for a minute before you start shaving. Touch it to your tongue to see how it numbs you (cool…)
  5. Shave with the grain. The direction varies for each guy, but for me this means DOWN the face, UP the neck

You’ll be fine.

Rock on,

3 Responses to “Shaving problem”

  1. 1 Orhan Kahn November 19, 2006 at 3:59 am

    Great advice!

  2. 2 Anonymous November 19, 2006 at 10:34 pm

    I have a heavy beard and incredibly sensitive skin on my neck.

    Two things pud did not mention, but you could do in addition are: (1) exfoliate before shaving and (2) use a razor cream underneath your shaving cream.

    Depending on which country you live in, it will either be called “face scrub” or something else. I cannot remember what it’s called in the USA. It’s in a slightly darker blue bottle. I think they call it “energizing” but am not certain.

    Here is a picture of the exfoliating scrub:

    What you do is this:

    1) exfoliate in the shower.. this breaks up your bead, softens it, and makes it much easier to shave

    2) wash off the exfoliating scrub in the shower

    3) put on a razor cream. I find the “neutrogena skin clearing shave cream” works the best. Here is a picture of it.. it is the dark grey bottle:

    RUB in the pre-cream.. the more you break up your beard, the easier it is to shave.

    4) Put shaving cream over top of the razor cream. I use “Edge advance care soothing aloe.” Make sure to get the recipe with “twice the aloe” as their sensitive cream one. The other shaving cream I use (they’re more or less interchanagable) is “Gillette Fusion HydraGel Ultra Sensitive”. Both have orange on their bottle; here are links to pictures of both:

    gillette fusion hydra gel ultra sensitive

    RUB in the shaving cream. Let it sit for a while.

    5) Use a new mach 3 or once used mach 3 razor. Go with the grain the first time. If you want a closer shave, the second time go against the grain, but smoothly.

    By the way, I shave in the shower with the hot water. It doesn’t hit my face, as that would wash away the cream, but the steam seems to help.

    Above all, do it in the shower, go slow and be careful.

    6) Use Nivea’s aftershave for sensitive skin (white bottle). I find this works the best, and keeps my skin from getting dry and irritated. Put this on liberally once you get out of the shower. Here is a picture of the product so you know what to look for:

    So there you have it. Yes, there are slightly better products out there, but they’re much more expensive, and with this combination I find that I very rarely have skin irritation and it’s minor at best.

    One final thing. A dermatologist recommended an over the counter product called “tend skin” which works well for irritation. However, with the above combination, I never have to use it.

    I shave every day to two days, and have had no major troubles with the above. Good luck

  3. 3 Anonymous November 25, 2006 at 2:20 pm

    Down the face, up the neck, eh?

    Does that means your beard, when not shaved, grows outwards?

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