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The Trimming Thread

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Besides acne, we often have problems relating to shaving. Please post your methods of trimming if you have any, and what you recommend. I was asked to do so, so I will also go ahead and do what I do. Again, you don't have to follow this but if you would like to, it is up to you. If something works for you stick with it.

Here's the full regimen:

For four years + I've been so aggravated with shaving/trimming till I found out what to do to stop aggravating my skin.

It's been 1.5 years since I've switched to trimming, but even that wasn't enough. Even with a beard trimmer, it doesn't gaurantee you not getting bumps because beard trimmers sometimes catch your hair and then pull it, causing bumps that take time to go away, sometimes painful, replications of zits.

Someone asked me how I do it so I figured I would contribute.

It isn't the only way, but it's one way, to stop getting marks, but trimming as close as possible.

I have very sensitive skin and this has worked 95% well for me.

Trimming Method

First of all, I will talk about trimming as relating to the upper half of your face (above your chin) to the lower half (under your jaw) because I use two tools to get this to work. Reason being is if you use a beard trimmer going upwards on your cheeks, there is a good possibility that the beard trimmer may pull the hairs on your face. Again, you can try using a beard trimmer to use on your entire face, but I don't anymore.

Before getting both of these items, just get the beard trimmer

http://www.amazon.com/Philips-Norelco-T780...785&sr=1-16

and see if that works good enough for you, if you are having issues with pulled hair on your cheeks or not being able to shave your mustache properly, then get the "upper half" trimmer too.

Upper Half

This region is above the jaw line, all the visible areas which include the cheeks, mustache, chin, and side burns.

This is the trimmer I use:

http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.as...mp;SKU=12402635

This is how it works:

http://consumer.wahl.com/product.cfm?sid=9&ID=58

You will need this item for it's wide trimmer area. You won't need all the accessories, and unfortunately, it doesn't come on it's own without the accessories. But it's okay, it will last you forever. It also plugs into the wall so the speed is really fast! I'm sorry that it's 29 bucks, but frankly, I rather use this than buy blades. You won't need the harsh clipper portion, just the flap over trimmer. It comes with clipper oil, so once you flip over the wide blade trimmer, you apply a drop of so of clipper oil and you are ready to go.

The best part about it is that it can't cut you, I don't know that works, but you can even put your finger against it and nothing happens, I think it's some type of protection.

Once you get the trimmer ready, you just follow your hair growth on your cheeks, side burns, mustache and chin. It will get really close, almost like stubble! And that's it, you are done with the upper half. You are gauranteed to not have any trimming related bumps on your cheeks after this.

The reason why it's hard to use on the lower half is because of the way you use it (going down, not up). You can use it for the majority of the under jaw near the sides, but almost unlikely in the middle.

Lower Half

For the lower half, this is a bit trickier, but pretty simply.

This is the product of choice:

http://www.amazon.com/Philips-Norelco-T780...785&sr=1-16

I have an old 2 year accuvac, I believe it's the newest model.

First, you need to use baby powder against your beard and then start using this carefully, stroking upwards against the lower part of the beard at the closest level. There may be parts that your Wahl trimmer didn't get near your chin, so you can use this to go over as well.

I think the rest is pretty self explanatory, clean up accordingly and you are set. Just remember the baby powder on the lower half of your face!

That's pretty much what I do once a week. It's much easier than shaving (no pain). Just go slow, and careful.

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thanks for writing the guide. So there isn't any 1 trimmer that can do it all? you have to buy both?

real maverick also has a guide here : http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...=beard++trimmer

he uses a beard trimmer as well.

also this guy has had alot of success from using a beard trimmer

http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...=beard++trimmer

just thought I would share. And from the last link, here is what one of the guys said "Great topic. But I have Norelco Spectra Deluxe Shaver 8894XL, which is an electric shaver. It has 9 sensitivity modes on it, and I have been using in on the normal mode and not adjusting anything. Last week I put it on the most sensitive mode and wow, WHAT A DIFFERENCE. Sure there is a little stubble and my 5 o'clock shadow is pretty visible, but I honestly like the stubble during the day. I shave every morning on this mode and it works wonders. The shaver is better then a beard clipper since it is still an electric razor but it goes around the countours of your face and can shave your neck better. It is discountinued but there are many on eBay, I would really reccommend you giving this a try." http://cgi.ebay.com/Norelco-8894XL-Spectra...VQQcmdZViewItem

Would you guys reccommend this more than a beard trimmer?

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thanks for writing the guide. So there isn't any 1 trimmer that can do it all? you have to buy both?

real maverick also has a guide here : http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...=beard++trimmer

he uses a beard trimmer as well.

also this guy has had alot of success from using a beard trimmer

http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...=beard++trimmer

just thought I would share. And from the last link, here is what one of the guys said "Great topic. But I have Norelco Spectra Deluxe Shaver 8894XL, which is an electric shaver. It has 9 sensitivity modes on it, and I have been using in on the normal mode and not adjusting anything. Last week I put it on the most sensitive mode and wow, WHAT A DIFFERENCE. Sure there is a little stubble and my 5 o'clock shadow is pretty visible, but I honestly like the stubble during the day. I shave every morning on this mode and it works wonders. The shaver is better then a beard clipper since it is still an electric razor but it goes around the countours of your face and can shave your neck better. It is discountinued but there are many on eBay, I would really reccommend you giving this a try." http://cgi.ebay.com/Norelco-8894XL-Spectra...VQQcmdZViewItem

Would you guys reccommend this more than a beard trimmer?

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Yeah, after I switched to an electric razor my skin got a lot better, it doesn't peel a layer off every time I shave. I usually try to limit my shaving to once every 3 days as well. What I use is a Philips Norelco 9190 XL to shave (a bit expensive but definitely worth it, once in a lifetime purchase),

http://www.amazon.com/Philips-Norelco-9190...996&sr=8-20

and then a Phillips Bodygroom to trim any leftover hairs. I would suggest this instead of any other trimmer, it's the best I've ever used and the cost is fairly good too:

http://www.shaveeverywhere.com/

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damn, thats pretty expensive 200!

I think the Norelco Spectra Deluxe Shaver 8894XL was only 80-100 I think. Do you think that would be sufficient enough?

lmfao that 2nd site is hilarious. so the bodygroom is what you use 2nd? which one is better to use a wetshaver or the bodygroom thing? Can the bodygroom use for your face as well?

thanks

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bump for great justice. Whats your guys opinion on the Norelco Spectra Deluxe Shaver 8894X as suggested above?

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bump for great justice. Whats your guys opinion on the Norelco Spectra Deluxe Shaver 8894X as suggested above?

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shave once a week with a norelco smart touch xl. any more often and u get irritation.

the trick is to moisturize with cetaphil cream (not lotion) at least an hour or two BEFORE shaving. go slow and use small circular motions. takes me about an hour to do while i sit in a comfortable chair and watch a dvd.

at first you want to just dab the trimmer to the beard to get it as close without touching the actual skin. cause one weeks growth is considerably long. alternatively you can use the trimmer thats on the shave to bring it down. or buy a beard shaver which is less irritating.

then dunk face in a big plastic bowl of coldish water. blow some bubbles. pat dry with a fresh bounty paper towel. then reapply globs of cetaphil cream.

do this at night. then you can take your time. also you can go to sleep with the cream all over your face without worrying what you look like. personally i keep my face globbed with moisturizer all the time. i dont care.

lastly. never ever try laser hair removal on your beard. i tried it and the result was disaster. it created acne breakouts so bad i had to go on accutane. i spent 2 years getting one laser treatment a month and enduring the acne. only to be left with a patchy beard. (looks really horrible). and after all that had to endure a course of accutane. only now is my skin back to normal except for the horrible patches of hair loss in the shape of a laser heard all over my face.

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just wondering does shaving affect acne on the cheeks? because now that i think about it once i began to get facial hair in grade 11 is when i began to devlop pimples :(...and my cheeks are basically the only place i get pimples maybe one or 2 odd ones on forhead and chin

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