03-07-2013, 10:40 AM
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  • Java
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  • Warner Robins, Georgia, USA
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I've been using alum almost daily for about a year now, after learning about it here. On another (lesser) forum, there is a discussion going on about what steps you take and in which order, for your post shave routine. Almost all of them include;"...apply alum, rinse,...." Have I been doing it wrong all this time? Do y'all rinse the alum off after applying it, or leave it on and put aftershave or balm over it? Not rinsing it is working fine for me, and my skin seems to be in better shape, but if there is a good reason to rinse it off, I should probably know about it. What do you all think?

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 03-07-2013, 10:42 AM
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  • beartrap
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(03-07-2013, 10:40 AM)Java Wrote: I've been using alum almost daily for about a year now, after learning about it here. On another (lesser) forum, there is a discussion going on about what steps you take and in which order, for your post shave routine. Almost all of them include;"...apply alum, rinse,...." Have I been doing it wrong all this time? Do y'all rinse the alum off after applying it, or leave it on and put aftershave or balm over it? Not rinsing it is working fine for me, and my skin seems to be in better shape, but if there is a good reason to rinse it off, I should probably know about it. What do you all think?

If it works for you, don't change it. When I did use Alum, I always rinsed after, otherwise it would give me burn.

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 03-07-2013, 11:20 AM
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  • Songwind
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I had a similar experience to beartrap, but my skin just got dry, not burned.

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 03-07-2013, 12:32 PM
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I use it as an antiseptic rather than an astringent. Apply it to my wet face after rinsing the soap off. Then rinse and apply AS and then Balm.

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 03-07-2013, 02:16 PM
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If it ain't broke....

Dries my face out, but seems fine for you.

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 03-07-2013, 03:04 PM
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  • matloffm
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I leave it on while I do clean up. After all is put away and my razor is stropped, I rinse it off. I have very oily skin and this makes my face feel great. Yes, if I had a bad shave, it burns, but it stops all weepers and other minor nicks and disinfects them. Alum is the best critic of your shave. Biggrin

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 03-07-2013, 08:34 PM
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When i used to use it, i will leave it on for a minute or two, then rinse it off.
i don't use it any more as i found it a bit drying. i only use it for nicks and cuts, now.
Good luck.

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 03-11-2013, 04:21 PM
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I always rinse after a minute or so. I have never heard of leaving it on, but hey...

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 03-11-2013, 05:03 PM
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  • Java
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We seem to have a consensus. I just had no idea that it should be rinsed off. Thanks, all for your input,.

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 03-12-2013, 02:57 AM
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I rinse the alum off using an aftershave, but I don't wash it off with water. Seems to work great with my skin.

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 03-12-2013, 03:26 AM
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I leave it on while doing my post shave cleanup, then rinse it off with witch hazel. I then apply a balm.

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 03-13-2013, 11:12 PM
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  • Shaun
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Weird how it has a kinda sweet taste, but I wouldn't put it in my coffee Smile

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