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How to stop shaving rash

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Created December 24, 2012 at 6:36 AM

I've always gotten shaving rash, redness around the anterior neck that just never seems to go away. Sometimes it's worse than other times. I don't shave every day, probably once every 3-4 days, thats when I've got some decent hair going and after that it just gets itchy. I've tried all the after shave gels and creams over the years.

I've recently switched to an organic based shaving gel, and that hasn't made an improvement either. I don't wear after shaves or colognes in that area.

So I'm wondering what solutions there are for this? I'm hesitant to go into a shaving shop or cosmetic shop, cos their aim is to sell stuff, they don't give impartial advice.

81348acb7b886e2b32ca915d250268f3

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on December 25, 2012
at 09:57 PM

Well for me, the day after shaving I've got a decent shadow anyway, so the ladies need to put up with it. But none the less, I do enjoy a clean shave once or twice a week.

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on December 25, 2012
at 05:36 PM

I'm with you, Rob. As a girl, it can be rather unpleasant to get kissy with a guy with a rough face. An electric razor may mean no rash on your face, but it may mean a rash on HER face.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on December 25, 2012
at 05:31 PM

Anytime. I enjoy bringing stripper wisdom to the world, one smooth crotch at a time.

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

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on December 25, 2012
at 05:12 PM

I didn't know aluminum-free deodorant would work. Thanks for the info.

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on December 25, 2012
at 05:45 AM

Not as close as a razor shave, granted. But no blood :)

81348acb7b886e2b32ca915d250268f3

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on December 25, 2012
at 12:06 AM

I use a non-aluminium roll on deodorant under my arms. I'll give this a go. And try some Which Hazel as well, as some other comments suggest.

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on December 25, 2012
at 12:04 AM

I've always been hesitant of electric razors because they don't shave close enough, I'm sure that would fix the problem, but I want to keep using the razor if I can.

81348acb7b886e2b32ca915d250268f3

(1022)

on December 25, 2012
at 12:02 AM

I use an exfoliating cream with those little hard bead things in it right before shave to soften the skin up, makes no difference.

81348acb7b886e2b32ca915d250268f3

(1022)

on December 25, 2012
at 12:00 AM

I've never used an electric shaver because I wouldn't have thought that it gets as close a shave. My facial hair does get quite thick and coarse compared to most of my friends. What's your experience?

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on December 24, 2012
at 06:54 PM

I guess if you use aluminum deodorant. I use Tom's of Maine, and it still works. If a person is willing to use it on their armpits, why not use it on the face/groin? For those no-poo, no-soap, no deodorant Paleo people out there, it would be moot, but thankfully there are plenty who still groom normally.

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

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on December 24, 2012
at 06:27 PM

It's the same active ingredient as a styptic pencil. Which I think most folks here would rather avoid (or not?). Yes, it damn sure works, though

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on December 24, 2012
at 03:09 PM

Use an electric shaver. I find the lack of real closeness stops rashes and ingrown hairs.

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61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on December 24, 2012
at 03:58 PM

This tip works in the bikini area, so I don't see why it wouldn't work on a face. I learned it from a stripper friend. Do your very best to shave gently with a fresh blade, and as mentioned above, after/during a hot shower is key to softening the hairs and relaxing the skin and pores. If you shave during the shower, it should be the last thing you do. After you're done, gently pat dry. Then, use unscented bar deodorant on the area. Very lightly - get some on your fingers and then pat it on gently. Just don't do it with alcohol-based gel deodorants, they would be much too harsh.

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

(3452)

on December 24, 2012
at 06:27 PM

It's the same active ingredient as a styptic pencil. Which I think most folks here would rather avoid (or not?). Yes, it damn sure works, though

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on December 24, 2012
at 06:54 PM

I guess if you use aluminum deodorant. I use Tom's of Maine, and it still works. If a person is willing to use it on their armpits, why not use it on the face/groin? For those no-poo, no-soap, no deodorant Paleo people out there, it would be moot, but thankfully there are plenty who still groom normally.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on December 25, 2012
at 05:31 PM

Anytime. I enjoy bringing stripper wisdom to the world, one smooth crotch at a time.

81348acb7b886e2b32ca915d250268f3

(1022)

on December 25, 2012
at 12:06 AM

I use a non-aluminium roll on deodorant under my arms. I'll give this a go. And try some Which Hazel as well, as some other comments suggest.

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

(3452)

on December 25, 2012
at 05:12 PM

I didn't know aluminum-free deodorant would work. Thanks for the info.

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Cbda678b2a6bf0537d8c4ea0ce8aa9ad

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on December 24, 2012
at 07:56 AM

I had a slight tendency to rashes when I used to scrape my face with a steel razor blade and I used Witch Hazel for years as an "after shave".

Now I use an electric shaver with no creams, lotions or whatever and no rash.

81348acb7b886e2b32ca915d250268f3

(1022)

on December 25, 2012
at 12:00 AM

I've never used an electric shaver because I wouldn't have thought that it gets as close a shave. My facial hair does get quite thick and coarse compared to most of my friends. What's your experience?

Cbda678b2a6bf0537d8c4ea0ce8aa9ad

(4319)

on December 25, 2012
at 05:45 AM

Not as close as a razor shave, granted. But no blood :)

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on December 24, 2012
at 02:21 PM

I got this tip from a guy on marksdailyapple forum: heat the razor blade under hot water right before each stroke. After you finish shaving, rub the entire shaved area gently with a rough washcloth or loofah to remove the top layer of skin cells & prevent ingrown hairs.

I use this method when shaving my underarms & it has been amazing!

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Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

on December 24, 2012
at 01:53 PM

Use clippers to knock it down, then a badger hair brush & shave soap. I use a little clipper oil on my razor before & after, too. When your done splash on some unscented witch hazel lotion. I also only shave after a hot shower to losen the pores.

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on December 24, 2012
at 06:44 AM

It's probably not "paleo" but Tend Skin is AHmazing-- it stings for a moment but that's it, no rash, 'shave bumps' or ingrown hairs: http://amzn.to/12zDqQ4

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Cf416725f639ffd1bb90764792ce7b8a

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on December 24, 2012
at 04:39 PM

Grow a beard...

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on December 24, 2012
at 03:39 PM

I've had the same problem and fixed it. I shave every 3-4 days with old-fashioned shaving cream applied with a badger brush. Been using this stuff for 6-8 months, without rashes.

http://www.amazon.com/Taylor-Street-Taylors-Shaving-Cream/dp/B002QG259K

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on December 24, 2012
at 02:50 PM

As Dragonfly said, exfoliate, I use an exfoliating cream the next day after shaving, it's working for me.

81348acb7b886e2b32ca915d250268f3

(1022)

on December 25, 2012
at 12:02 AM

I use an exfoliating cream with those little hard bead things in it right before shave to soften the skin up, makes no difference.

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