11-04-2015, 10:04 PM
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I've switched to a fusion blade and use art of shaving supplies. I've found that my neck area especially gets very irritated. Any suggestions?

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 11-04-2015, 10:06 PM
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I usually contributes irritated skin to insufficient prep, but it might be that your skin (like mine) don't like carts... is it a rash, or ingrowns?

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 11-04-2015, 10:15 PM
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Red rash. Feels very sensitive. I used Dollar shave club razors the switched to fusion thinking it was a better blade.

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 11-05-2015, 02:34 AM
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I would agree with WegianWarrior, wholeheartedly. I still remember the times when I used carts - irritation and ingrown hairs galore. All this changed when I switched to safety razors.

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 11-05-2015, 03:18 AM
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+1 the above.

Cartridge razors drag the whisker out of its follicle for the other blades to hack, instead of properly cutting it, and were the worst experience of my shaving life. Drove me to electric razors, another grossly dissatisfying experience.

Shaving with "traditional kit", vintage Glilette and Schick safety razors, shaving brushes and proper shaving soaps, has been a revelation. Gradually reducing the whiskers by successive passes rather than trying to mow it all off in one is the way to go. Just let the razor do the work, minimal pressure.

Regards,
Chris

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 11-05-2015, 06:12 AM
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Chris has it absolutely right.  Even the best of cartridges can produce razor irritation.  A good, sharp, SE or DE blade plus the right razor works all the time.  A good multiple-pass shave will always do a better job than 5 (or 4 or 3) blades in a cartridge.

Stanley

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 11-05-2015, 07:27 AM
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Thank you for all of the advice guy's. It's much appreciated. To bad that I bought a 12 pack of blades and a nice handle set with brush. Should have waited. I am enjoying the wet shave though. I've been shaving with only water. My face is enjoying it.

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 11-05-2015, 09:05 AM
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(11-05-2015, 03:18 AM)chrisbd Wrote: +1 the above.

Cartridge razors drag the whisker out of its follicle for the other blades to hack, instead of properly cutting it, and were the worst experience of my shaving life. Drove me to electric razors, another grossly dissatisfying experience.

Shaving with "traditional kit", vintage Glilette and Schick safety razors, shaving brushes and proper shaving soaps, has been a revelation. Gradually reducing the whiskers by successive passes rather than trying to mow it all off in one is the way to go. Just let the razor do the work, minimal pressure.

Regards,
Chris

Carts drove me to growing a beard.  24 A horrible, curly and unruly beard ... I looked like an escapee. Traditional wet shaving was my last resort, and it worked, thank goodness.

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 11-05-2015, 09:14 AM
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(11-05-2015, 07:27 AM)eaglewing59 Wrote: Thank you for all of the advice guy's. It's much appreciated. To bad that I bought a 12 pack of blades and a nice handle set with brush. Should have waited. I am enjoying the wet shave though. I've been shaving with only water. My face is enjoying it.


Your not using cream or soap??

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 11-05-2015, 10:18 AM
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Some fragrances cause rashes or irritation too.

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 11-05-2015, 10:27 AM
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I get irritation on MY neck because of the growth pattern on the sides on my neck the are grows instead of straight don't it grows like this / so what used to be my WTG pass was actually a cross the grain pass.Took me actually looking into shaving and learning to map my beard growth to figure this out.

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 11-05-2015, 11:43 AM
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(11-05-2015, 07:27 AM)eaglewing59 Wrote: Thank you for all of the advice guy's. It's much appreciated. To bad that I bought a 12 pack of blades and a nice handle set with brush. Should have waited. I am enjoying the wet shave though. I've been shaving with only water. My face is enjoying it.

Wow!   A good shaving soap will, usually, make a substantial difference.  Shy

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 11-05-2015, 11:47 AM
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(11-05-2015, 11:43 AM)celestino Wrote:
(11-05-2015, 07:27 AM)eaglewing59 Wrote: Thank you for all of the advice guy's. It's much appreciated. To bad that I bought a 12 pack of blades and a nice handle set with brush. Should have waited. I am enjoying the wet shave though. I've been shaving with only water. My face is enjoying it.

Wow!   A good shaving soap will, usually, make a substantial difference.  Shy

Uhmmmm, yes! Cool

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 11-05-2015, 11:56 AM
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Otis make a good point there - map the grain of your beard, and work with it (not across or against) and see if that helps.

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 11-05-2015, 02:09 PM
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After twenty or so years of torturing myself with carts, I would like to put forward my most humble opinion that in this case grain mapping, shaving with the grain, etc. may well not be of any use.
Simply put, what cannot work just does not work. Obviously YMMV. Smile

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 11-05-2015, 02:15 PM
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No soap?  Angry

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 11-05-2015, 02:22 PM
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And the "no soap, no cream" thingy is most valid ...

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 11-05-2015, 02:26 PM
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(11-05-2015, 02:22 PM)Skanderbeg Wrote: And the "no soap, no cream" thingy is most valid ...

Do tell.......

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 11-05-2015, 04:50 PM
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(11-05-2015, 02:26 PM)hrfdez Wrote:
(11-05-2015, 02:22 PM)Skanderbeg Wrote: And the "no soap, no cream" thingy is most valid ...

Do tell.......

Yeah - soap or cream would help for sure.

If you're exclusively a cart guy, less blades could help.    If I remember correctly, Atras are pretty highly regarded for carts, and I think you can get some nice handles for them.

You didn't describe your prep, but as mentioned above, good prep goes a long way, too.  I wash my beard well with soap and warm water, and make sure to re-wet it before each pass.

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 11-05-2015, 05:10 PM
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I will 2nd (maybe 3rd or 4th) prep. In my opinion even more important than any pre shave cream or oil is the amount of time you actually work the lather into your face.  I use a general rule of 2 to 3 minutes for at least the first pass.  This really works that lather into your whiskers and softens and stretches them to get ready for the guillotine to come. To me it really makes the difference weather I'm using a cart or a de.  Also if you switched from less blades to more blades it may take a little time for your face ton adjust to more sharp steel being dragged across your skin. But prep is so important even if your using cream from a can just working into your whiskers foe a significant amount of time can make a difference. This is just one hairy man's opinion. I'm by no means a scientist but have a lot of "trial" and a whole lot of "error" before figuring out what a big difference working that lather into your face makes.

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