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Okay, I'm in the military so i Must shave everyday. My skin is kind of sensitive so I get stuff to put on that is supposed to be soothing. And I have moderate to mild acne. I really don't know what kind of regimen I should use to cleanse. I got the Gillete thing for 5 signs of clearer skin in 14 days thing....I just don't know how washing my face with acne stuff should be involved. Should I use acne stuff before I shave so it is a "clean" shave, or afterwards so I am cleaning out the pores after getting shaved? It is very frustrating. I just get tired of redness from my razor and never really having clear skin. Any guys that must hsave everyday for work have any tips? Thanks

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im only 18 and not a hairy guy, but i know some mates who shave the wrong way which irritates the skin

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im only 18 and not a hairy guy, but i know some mates who shave the wrong way which irritates the skin

well i'm almost 21 and have a full beard if i don't shave a few days.....my question is more just what should i use to shave with and wash with in the morning and what (if anything) should i put on my face right after shaving? what's the right order to do stuff? and then there is the whole, what should i put on at night issue? and for anyone who wants to help.....i only have access to a local walmart, so stuff i can get from there would be most appreciated. i just don't know a lot about skin care......

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Alright heres my regimen. Everything you can get from Walmart although the BP I'd get from acne.org if you can order things that is.

I shave at night with Aveeno Shave Gel http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp...Y-PLST-0-SEARCH which is for sensitive skin and helps prevent razor bumps.

Right after I wash my face with Purpose Cleansing Bar http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp...Y-PLST-0-SEARCH

Lastly I apply BP to the acne prone areas as directed on this site. The BP like I said I get from this site if you can but there are alternatives in stores as well like On The Spot http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp...Y-PLST-0-SEARCH. I'd stick with a 2.5% formula as its less irritating and still gets the job done the same as higher concentrations.

During the day or morning I just apply a moisturizer as the BP will make your face dry. I use Purpose Moisturizer http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp...Y-PLST-0-SEARCH which has SPF in it as well because BP can make your skin sun sensitive. There are others out there just make sure you get one that is oil free and non-comedogenic and doesn't have a fragrance.

Again this is just my recommendation and what I do. Hope it helps and feel free to ask any other questions.

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Thanks, but I have to shave in the morning because we get inspected usually daily, and I'd have a shadow if I only shaved the night before. I do have an electric razor....I could use that in the morning and wash with something right after it I guess?

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The easiest way is to use products for one complete line. That way you know all the products are complementary. My preference is the Biotherm T-Pure line in the following order:

1. Cleanse: Biotherm T-PUR Anti-Shine Cleansing Foam http://www.mankind.co.uk/ProductDetails.asp?ProductID=23603 Use about the size of a nickel to a quarter. Add some water to form a light creamy consistency (don't try to get it to foam otherwise you will dilute the cleanser too much) and lightly massage on face for about a minute or 2 then rinse thoroughly. It contains clay so the time you leave it on really helps to absorb excess oil and it is antibacterial, too. It accomplishes all that while leaving your skin feeling slightly moisturized and not overly stripped.

2. Shave: If using an electric razor, dry your face first then proceed with shaving. If using an ordinary razor, use the Biotherm T-PUR Purifying Shaving Foam - Close Shave http://www.mankind.co.uk/ProductDetails.asp?ProductID=23604 It also has antibacterial qualities which is beneficial to acne-prone skin.

3. Rinse off the face with a few splashes of water and dry with a clean facecloth. I use a microdermabrasion cleansing cloth to dry and gently exfoliate the skin but a terrycloth texture may suffice.

4. Moisturize and protect with either:

(a) Biotherm Active Shave Repair http://www.mankind.co.uk/ProductDetails.asp?ProductID=23592 This is treatment for sensitive skin.

(b) or T-PUR Active Anti-Shine Moisturiser http://www.mankind.co.uk/ProductDetails.asp?ProductID=23602 This is for oily, acne-prone skin. It has kaolin to absorb oils, an AHA and antibacterial properties.

In the evening, repeat the above steps but just skip the shaving process.

Also, during the day, you may want to apply a sunscreen. The following are acceptable choices:

Clinique City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF 15 http://www.clinique.com/templates/products...DUCT_ID=PROD758

or Clinique Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF 40 http://www.clinique.com/templates/products...UCT_ID=PROD9705

**All of the above products are availabe at most major department stores or higher end pharmacies.

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Thanks heartless! I'm going to start using my electric shaver because it is less irritating. I guess I only need the first thing then and the active shave repair since my skin isn't really oily. where can i get one of those microdermabrasion cloths?? Is that something I can get locally or do I need to order online? Also, at night am I just washing with the Anti-Shine Cleansing Foam and nothing else?

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1. I got my microdermabrasion cloths from eBay. I've ordered twice from this seller http://cgi.ebay.ca/New-MicroDermabrasion-F...5QQcmdZViewItem From my experience, a rough coarse beard will, over time, wear out the microdermabrasion cloths, but apparently in this latest ad, it says it lasts a lifetime. Also start out using it lightly once a week and work up to daily use.

2. In the evening, I use:

[a] Biotherm T-PUR Anti-Shine Cleansing Foam to clenase

followed by a salicylic acid cleansing pad to further increase exfoliation. I prefer Serious Skin Care's Dlear Pads http://www.seriousskincare.com/the_cart.as...d=1&tid=112 but I also interchange with Clearasil Daily Acne Control Deep Cleansing Pads (which you can find at any pharmacy).

[c] I spot treat liberally with a BP gel where required and allow to dry

[d] and, lastly, T-PUR Active Anti-Shine Moisturiser for its antibacterial and AHA exfoliation properties. The acid based cleansing pads are drying (especially in winter) so I often substitute the Anti-Shine with Aloette's C3 Cellular Correcting Complex http://www.aloettecosmetics.com/oneproduct...=165&nav=22 which acts as a light moisturizer and uses a nonirritating form of retinoic acid for exfoliation.

I haven't used the Biotherm Active Shave Repair so I don't know if it is compatible with acne-prone skin. However, if you're okay with it and if your skin feels dry after washing at night, you can definitely use the Shave Repair as a moisturizer. If you let your skin dry out too much, it could disrupt the acid mantle and lead to further breakouts.

Lastly, since you're in the military and exposed to the sun and outside elements, you may not want to exfoliate to the same degree as I and you may also need a daily sunscreen if you do any exfoliation.

Good luck.

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Here we go again, the shaving dilemna...

1 Take warm to hot shower, cleanse face & neck w/ CSR Gentle Cleanser

2 Leave face wet after shower, and apply Gillette Complete SkinCare Multi-Glide Gel Fragrance Free

3 Run cool water in sink

4 Use a Bump Fighter Single Blade Disposable Razor, shave with grain, very lightly (I start with neck 1st)

5 Rinse face with cool water

6 You're done

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I'm 15 and shave like once a month but now for the first time I'm noticing some light hairs on my cheeks but I don't know how to shave it because I have a little bit of acne there too :(

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Hey Sailor- i just joined the army and i leave for South Carolina pretty soon (flights on friday)

What i do to shave and i recommend this if the other ways dont work.

Cetaphil Liquid face wash- I do this every morning with warm water and pat dry. But if im shaving, i leave it a little moist.

Active Edge Shaving Cream- Green stripe bottle. This stuff is awesome and the green stripe is for oily skin.

Single Blade Razors- Disposable razors. I like them because they're inexpensive and better for my neck hairs.

Last thing: I shave with the grain- if you havent tried that.

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im 19, so i shave every couple days.

Ive always used Neutrogena's Razor Defense shave gel. It last a long time, and it works to prevent acne, razor burn, ingrown hairs, irritation and it gives u a close smooth shave.

I tried Neutrogena's new Skin Clearing shave cream...and it made me break out, so i dont really recomend it.

Ive done some reaserch on the internet and there are some simple steps u can take to get a close, irritation-free shave.

1. Splash hot water on your beard, or place a hot towel on your beard for a minute or two.

2. later up with a shave gel (if u have acne) or a shave cream (if u dont suffer from breakouts but have a pretty thick beard).

3. Hold a flame over your blade for a couple seconds, or use a disinfecting swab to kill all the bacteria on ur razor.

4. Shave with short strokes going with the grain of the hair (or if it doesnt irritate your skin, shave against the grain). If u shave with the grain first, then lather up again and shave against the grain (shaving up) to get a close shave.

5. splash warm water over the shaved area to get rid of all the cut off hairs and cream, then splash cold water on your beard to close the pores.

6. pat dry with a towel

**Apparently a Safety Razor (those old razors with a single blade in them which in most places can only be bought online now a days) give u the closest shave possible.

I use Gillettes classic, effective, non-expesive Atra 3 razor, with 2 blades in each cartridge. Theres no point in gettting the vibrating razors, or the ones with more than 3 blades....there just gimics.

-alex

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Hey all, thanks for all the wonderful advice. I used an electric razor the past few days though, and it's not nearly as irritating so I'm going to stick with that. Also, they say to stick with a new regimen for at least 3 or 4 weeks and I just started doing this thing where I wash with Cetaphil face wash (from the pump bottle) and then shave followed by rubbing Witch Hazel on with cotton pads. Same thing at night but with no shaving...Only been at it a few days, so I figure I should get it till the end of August, who knows, it could do the trick!

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