11-07-2014, 10:14 AM
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  • lowjax
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  • Milwaukee, WI
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I don't use an Alum block or a styptic pencil unless I'm bleeding. I've only used the styptic once in the last two months and the alum block maybe twice on a harsh shave. The more I read and the more videos on youtube I watch, the more people I see using one or the other almost every shave. Am I alone in this?

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 11-07-2014, 10:22 AM
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Nope. I only use if I obtain some weepers or splitters.

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 11-07-2014, 10:24 AM
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I rarely use either as well. Especially alum.

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 11-07-2014, 10:24 AM
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  • Giorgio
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  • Pennsylvania, US
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I'm the same. I found if I use the alum block on every shave I get irritated. I only use it now when I have small cuts that need attention...in this case the pros outweigh the cons. Otherwise it never gets used.

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 11-07-2014, 10:36 AM
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Same here - never use Alum and have only used styptic once in the past 3 or 4 months. Just don't feel the need for either

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 11-07-2014, 11:02 AM
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  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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I've never used Alum and I have not used any kind of styptic in over 30 years.

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 11-07-2014, 11:14 AM
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I very, very rarely use Alum and never use a styptic pencil.
It seems like you aren't alone and your technique is very good! Biggrin

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 11-07-2014, 11:36 AM
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Ive never tried alum & haven't used septic in years but I haven't cut my self in a very long time either. Just a good a/s splash does the trick for me. Sbathroom_grooming_shaving_100-100

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 11-07-2014, 11:37 AM
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purchased a styptic pencil at a pharmacy in sweden couple of years ago but haven't opened it because i've never cut myself.

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 11-07-2014, 12:18 PM
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Honestly, I use alum after every shave and I'm really not sure what benefit it provides. I started using it on several recommendations, and I guess it has just become a habit. On the very rare occurrence that I have a weeper it will stop the bleeding, and sanitizes it (from what I understand). The other 99% of the time I really have no idea what benefit there is. The only thing I suspect - and I guess this partially why I continue to use it - is that it kills what would be any razor burn or bumps before they even become visible. Maybe, especially because the weather is getting colder, I might try going a few days without using it and see what happens...

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 11-07-2014, 12:42 PM
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Never owned an alum block, never had a reason for one. I do have a styptic stick I use on occasion, usually when I test shave a razor after honing or before selling a razor.

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 11-07-2014, 12:48 PM
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my skin cannot tolerate an alum block; it makes my face feel like it's on fire.

I do use a styptic pencil if I nick myself and it won't stop bleeding with some water.

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 11-07-2014, 01:02 PM
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I used to use alum but stopped about a year ago. I couldn't identify a benefit and I thought I might be doing too much to my skin so I stopped it and WH at the same time. Now after my cold water rinse I use a few drops of tea tree oil mixed with water.

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 11-07-2014, 02:14 PM
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I use alum almost daily, but not for shaving, for my underarms. If I use alum after a shave it's only as required and rarely.

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 11-07-2014, 03:02 PM
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I think once you know what you are doing it's an unnecessary step. However, it is an invaluable and cheap teaching aide when starting out and I always recommend it.

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 11-07-2014, 03:22 PM
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(11-07-2014, 10:14 AM)lowjax Wrote: I don't use an Alum block or a styptic pencil unless I'm bleeding. I've only used the styptic once in the last two months and the alum block maybe twice on a harsh shave. The more I read and the more videos on youtube I watch, the more people I see using one or the other almost every shave. Am I alone in this?

I tried for some days to use the alum bloq back in 2011, when I really started to get serious about the wetshaving ritual, but really it's of no use, since I use an After shave splash or balm (or both) after the shave to calm and heal the skin.

If I obtain a weeper, I use a dedicated styptic pencil/Proraso Healing Gel to close it.

I also use Clinique skin tonic after the shave anyway, and that works like an Alum Bloq and cleans and conditions the skin a little bit extra.

In short I see no need to own an alum bloq.

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 11-07-2014, 03:45 PM
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  • Jack
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Alum is an astringent, coagulant and has antibacterial properties. All of these properties are beneficial for application to face after shaving. The antibacterial property prevents the growth of odor causing bacteria, which is why is is used as a deodorant - it does not prevent perspiration as other aluminium salts.
Aluminium salts have been linked to various Heath problems, and alum is a member of these aluminium salt compounds.

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 11-07-2014, 06:56 PM
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I've never tried an alum block, so I'm not sure if I'm missing anything or not. I do believe using some type of antiseptic is beneficial after a shave to alleviate some causes of razor bumps. For me, an alcohol-based aftershave seems to do the trick.

I will occasionally use a styptic pencil.

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 11-07-2014, 07:02 PM
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I have the Clubman Styptic that works very well. Only use for the nicks of blood.

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 11-07-2014, 07:33 PM
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  • SRNewb
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  • No. Va, USA
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I use the styptic if I nick myself. The only reason I use an alum block is if I need traction on my fingertips to stretch my skin. If I need feedback on a shave or to "tighten" the skin, a good alcohol splash is what I reach for. YMMV.

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