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Personally, I find that wet shaving produces the closest and most comfortable shave. After spending much time doing research and quite a bit of trial and error, I found that following the tips generally advocated by wet shavers (using a double-edged safety razor, exfoliating, pre-shave, shave brush, shaving CREAM that does not come from a can, first and second pass with the grain, final pass gently across the grain) followed by my normal acne routine (cleanser, spot treatment, sunscreen) works best for ME. Yes, it is quite a bit but this is what I've found effective. I shave before taking a shower and then use the normal acne routine in the shower proceeding as usual. Still, everyone has different circumstances so this is just what has been effective for me.

@James9, with the grain is going along with whatever your natural hair growth is, for most people it's downward but it can vary according to the person and even in different areas of your beard. Simply a suggestion, run your hand against, across, and down your beard, whatever provides the most resistance is generally against the grain, the opposite of course being with the grain.

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Trimming is what I've done for the past 6 months or so and I've never looked back. :)

I charge the trimmer for an hour. Then use it on my face going with the grain and am careful to not go over spots multiple times or with too much pressure. Then I hop into the shower to wash off the shaved hair that might be stuck to my face and chest. Then I get out of the shower and apply an ingrown hair serum that helps the facial hair grow out evenly so it won't try and curl back and under the skin. Trimming has definitely been the answer to my ingrown hair dilemma.

No cream. No gels. No need to purchase a new trimmer until this one dies or the blade gets too dull. This was a $15 trimmer so it wasn't too expensive. ;)

Plus it gives me that stubble look like others here have mentioned.. Girls like a bit of stubble. Just look at all the male models and celebrity dudes out there that girls swoon over! So many of those guys have stubble constantly because they know that it's awesome and manly. Or they're lazy. :P

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Trimming is what I've done for the past 6 months or so and I've never looked back. smile.png

I charge the trimmer for an hour. Then use it on my face going with the grain and am careful to not go over spots multiple times or with too much pressure. Then I hop into the shower to wash off the shaved hair that might be stuck to my face and chest. Then I get out of the shower and apply an ingrown hair serum that helps the facial hair grow out evenly so it won't try and curl back and under the skin. Trimming has definitely been the answer to my ingrown hair dilemma.

No cream. No gels. No need to purchase a new trimmer until this one dies or the blade gets too dull. This was a $15 trimmer so it wasn't too expensive. wink.png

Plus it gives me that stubble look like others here have mentioned.. Girls like a bit of stubble. Just look at all the male models and celebrity dudes out there that girls swoon over! So many of those guys have stubble constantly because they know that it's awesome and manly. Or they're lazy. tongue.png

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I don't know if the moderators will hate on me for posting a product name.. but it's: PrinceReigns Ingrown Hair Serum.

It's got Glycolic Acid in it that I was worried might mess with my skin more than help it.. But it really does help keep my hairs from curling up under the skin.

At first I didn't think it worked so I never used it, but after I tried tweezing my ENTIRE beard I kind of was forced to try some kind of insurance policy for the regrowth of all my hair ahaha. I did all that crazy tweezing before I switched to the electric trimmer, which I must admit is a lot less painful than tweezing my face from top to bottom. :)

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Fark....I just shaved. I'd be growing a beard for months, only keeping it trimmed. Damn, not happy with what I uncovered. Really devastated actually. Don't know whay to do now, grow it back and never shave again or keep it shaved never letting it get that long again.

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I also had problems with acne when shaving. I used a regular razor. Not gilette or anything, just the most simple one blade razor. The problem was that I cut too low to the skin. The cut was smooth, but there was some blood and afterwards a lot of small white acne. Now I only use an electric razor. It doesn't cut perfectly to the skin, but since it doesn't damage the upper layer of skin, I do not get any acne whatsoever.

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I honestly have no idea how to shave with acne + seb dermatitis... which razor, what cream/gel etc

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On a note, a three blade razor seems to be more suitable for my skin than a 2-blade razor(gilette sensor excel).

Weird...

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The Phillips 3D rotary head is the best shaver; make sure you buy the top of the line model with metal (partly) body. Wash the machine every few day with anitseptic soap, and let dry. Then apply the Phillips blue solution to lubricate. You will never have a better, effortless shave untill they introduce its successor.


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Great article!

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Hey, so im looking for a permanent razor to use now, but im having some problems. Ive looked into the Gillette Trac II Plus and Gillette Sensor Excel Razor, but they are not in stores around me. I really want to be able to buy the razor in a store like Target, instead of having to wait like at least a week for it to arrive if i buy one online. Any recommendations for a good manual razor i can get in stores in SoCal? Thanks!


Week 55 on The Regimen!! (Just broke a year!) :banana: seeing great results! Was clear from all active acne, but fell off my routine and slightly relapsed :doh:(updated 2/17/15)

~My Regimen~
Morning ▼▼ Different from Night Routine/Regimen to keep skin from becoming too dry and flaky or oily and shiny during the day
1. Dan's Gentle Cleanser
2. Spot & patch treat with Dan's BP and if necessary, Dan's AHA+
3. CeraVe Moisturizing Lotionor Olay Moisturizing Lotion - Sensitive Skin[Also testing several Paula's Choice moisturizers/SPF to pick my new one]
4. Paula's Choice Shine Stopper
At Night ▼▼
1. Dan's Gentle Cleanser
2. Paula's Choice Hydralight Toner [Also testing Paula's Choice Skin Balancing, and Resist Toners]
3. Dans BP - 1.5 to 2 pump(s).
4. 1/2 Olay Moisturizing Lotion - Sensitive Skin 1/2 Dans AHA+ & half pump of Garnier Jojoba/Macadamia Oil
~Supplements/Vitamins (each daily)~
- 2000 IU Trader Joe's Vitamin D3 - two 1000 Iu capsule a day
- Target brand (Up & Up) Zinc 100mg - two 50mg cpasules a day
- CVS Chewable Vitamin C with Rose Hips 2000mg -two 1000mg tablets a day -Was previously taking Trader Joe's Synergistic C Vitamin C Complex
- Nature Made 16,000 IU Vitamin A -two 8000 IU capsules a day
- Trader Joe's Natural Papaya & Pineapple Enzymes -2 tablets a day -not really for skin, more for digestion
- One A Day VitaCraves Gummies + Immunity Support -2 gummies a day -mostly as a general multi-vitamin
- Schiff Digestive Advantage Probiotic Gummies -2 gummies a day -mostly for digestion
--Planning to add in some Vitamin B5, and possibly add Omega-3

Still trying to perfect my regimen. 'We all have different skin' ~YOUR MILEAGE WILL VARY!~ Customize your regimen/routine for your unique self :dan:


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I use the Gillette Fusion ProGlide Beard Trimmer...been about two to three weeks now. Previously used a three head electric one. Will report on progress/findings

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My shaving routine to combat ingrown hair and lessen acne problems:

1. Wash my face with a facial cleanser

2. Apply Shaving Cream - I am using VMV Hypoallergenics Shaving Cream; please do not use the aerosol type shaving cream; you may also use a tradional shaving cream or soap; and optional a badger hair brush for extreme luxury and lather

3. Shave using a safety razor

4. Wet face with cold water

5. Apply witch hazel toner or your favorite toner to serve as aftershave

6. Apply sunflower oil to the shave area to mositurize

This solve a lot of skin irration for me. My skin always get irratated with multiple blades that dulls quickly and the lubricant strip that creates bumps while it glides.


AM/PM Skin Care Routine

Facial Wash - Raw and Organic Honey or Andalou Naturals Clarifying Facial Wash

Toner - Witch Hazel extract or Andalou Naturals Clarifying Toner

Moisturizer - Sunflower Oil

Twice a week Aztec Bentonite Clay Mask

Supplements:

Zinc Gluconate or Chelated Zinc (Solgar) - 22/25 mg twice a day

Chromium Polynicotinate GTF - 200mcg - twice a day - helps with weight loss and insulin sensitivity


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My current regimen:

1 Fill sink with cold water

2 Take warm shower, and wash face & neck with Betadine

3 Slather face with Kiss My Face Fragrance Free Moisture Shave

4 Shave face & neck with a Bump Fighter Fixed Handle Razor

5 Rinse face & neck with cold water

Cold water you ask? I've read on-line once, and coming from someone that works in a hospital, that you cleanse in warm water, and then shave with cold. I guess this is the prep in hospitals for surgery, I think that this a valid way to shave. Betadine you ask? That brown iodine stuff in a bottle that's used in hospitals to clean up patients for surgery. Yes, cleanse your face & neck with warm water using this stuff to ensure that you kill off any bacteria or staph that is on your oily mug. Going back to cold water, I think you have less of a chance of inviting that nasty staph into your follicles than you would with warmer water, staph thrives in warmer water. In, addition, throw a little shot of that Betadine into your cold shave rinse water that you have put into the sink in Step #1. Bump Fighter you ask? Well, it is probably the gentlest razor available for nasty, oily, ingrown prone skin. This is THE best regimen I've come up with to avoid shaving issues...GOOD LUCK!!!


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