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Old 07-07-2004, 09:02 PM   #1
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Pre-Shave Preparation - Softening Facial Hair

I am hoping for recommendations for a gentle soap that effectively softens facial hair and stubble in preparation for shaving without irritating the skin. I am so pleased that I have finally identified the source of my problematic folliculitis flare-ups (namely, inadequate shaving technique), but I still tend to get irritation if I shave anything less then 3 or 4 day's growth, after softening it with shampoo. I am looking for something that will soften even the shortest stubble so that I can shave with greater frequency and still maintain the kind of total clarity I have while shaving at 3-day intervals. I have also considered that the Gillette Mach3 Turbo might be providing to close a shave when I attempt to clear stubble - has anyone had positive experience clearing stubble with 2-blade razors like the Sensor Excel?

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Old 07-08-2004, 02:49 PM   #2
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Re: Pre-Shave Preparation - Softening Facial Hair

You should really get the 3 blade razors or an electric razor.

Old 07-08-2004, 04:01 PM   #3
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Re: Pre-Shave Preparation - Softening Facial Hair

I'm wondering the same thing as TieferSchlummer... I shave with the philahsave cool-skin Electric shaver... in the shower... and use cetephil right now to get the area prepared for the shave... I am on accutane too... so I need limited irritation as well... oh and i apply a good mositruizer after the shave too... i heard aloe vera is a good after shave...


Old 07-08-2004, 06:53 PM   #4
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Re: Pre-Shave Preparation - Softening Facial Hair

I've used the Mach3 Turbo ever since it came out, and must admit that only recently have I started to shave AFTER showering. Needless to say, I saw a substantial improvement in the condition of my skin after the shave, yet I still tend to get irritation (particularly around the mouth, where the facial hair is most coarse) if I don't allow my beard to grow for 2 or 3 days. My skin is super soft and, consequently, highly sensitive, and I think that the Mach3 may be cutting too close and traumatizing hair follicles where the hair has not yet had sufficient time to develop (which for me still takes 2-3 days). This is a huge pain in the rear-end, because after a good shave, my skin will be flawless until my next shave, but if I should shave again too soon, I get red patches and, what's worse, tiny little papules that I can only assume are damaged follicles. I am going to experiment with the old 2-blade Sensor Excel this weekend to see if there is an improvement. If not, I think I will try a shaving oil - can anyone recommend a particular brand? Also, has anyone ever tried shaving with pure aloe vera gel? I've heard that some guys with sensitive skin have found this effective; I currently use it as an after-shave moisturizer.

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