11-22-2015, 10:14 PM
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I have fairly sensitive skin and it's a rare day when I do a full ATG pass on my neck that I don't get a little superficial redness here and there.  By superficial, I mean that the skin is red without being really raw/damaged; it goes away usually in 30 mins to an hour.  

However, none of the aftershaves (balms and tonics) seem to be able to soothe or calm the redness.  In fact they all seem to make it flare up more, at least in the short run.

These include:

Lucky Tiger Face Tonic
Nivea sensitive aftershave balm
Krampert's bay rum
Stirling unscented balm

I'd love to find a balm that actually reduces the redness or shortens it's duration.

Any suggestions?

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 11-22-2015, 11:06 PM
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I've had pretty good luck with Pre de Provence.

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 11-23-2015, 05:37 AM
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Two thoughts:  first, I use ProRaso balm with aloe, the blue label jar.   It works well and never increases the irritation.

Second, I have found that experimenting with the blade helps.   For example, using DE, I can sometimes get irritation with feather blades if I do a really thorough shave.  Much easier on the face:  Gillette Silver Blue or Polsilver Super Iridium.   A dull blade, as I am sure you know, causes irritation.  But so can a blade that is not quite the level of sharpness or smoothness for your skin.

Best wishes,


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 11-23-2015, 05:40 AM
  • Snuff
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  • Belgium
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I use Baume balm. For severe razor burn ArkoC.

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 11-23-2015, 08:36 AM
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thanks for the input guys!

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 11-23-2015, 06:56 PM
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Just hit it with some high alcohol aftershave and enjoy the burn.  It can become addictive.  As long as the aftershave has some essential oils and glycerin you won't dry out the skin.

On the other hand why are you getting this irritation.  Examine your prep, lather, edge, angle etc. Are you using a DE or straight.  If a straight, you can adjust that edge to smooth things out.

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 11-23-2015, 07:39 PM
  • MHWood
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I use both Stirling and CRSW balms. Both fantastic for me. CRSW are a little more thick than the Stirling balms.

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 11-23-2015, 10:55 PM
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I'm a huge fan of Institut Karite after shave balm. BGS is currently sold out, but there are other vendors that carry it. 

Honorable mentions:
Cade After Shave Balm
Pre de Provence Aftershave Balm

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 11-24-2015, 12:56 AM
  • max1ci6
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I had good results with Saponificio Varesino Skin Repair Aftershave Cream "Pro Victis"

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 11-24-2015, 01:14 AM
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SV-Pro Victis
RR-Aftershave Wax
Barrister and Mann-Kyovu

You may look into Jabonman AS "balsams" as well.

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 11-24-2015, 01:56 AM
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 11-24-2015, 04:11 AM
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For those occasions that I get RB I use Aveeno After Shave Lotion.  I normally use the Nieva but find that Aveeno instantly soothes the affected area.  It comes in a tube and you can get it at Target for about $7.00.  No smell either.

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 11-24-2015, 05:57 AM
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L'Oreal Hydra-sensitive aftershave balm. Better than Nivea IMO

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 11-24-2015, 06:17 AM
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I found that Neutrogena post shave lotion works and feels better than the Nivea.


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 11-24-2015, 08:46 AM
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Speick aftershave splash and balm is great. The scent is odd but the performance is incredible...

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 11-24-2015, 09:18 AM
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CRSW Aftershave Balm is my suggestion. I got the Jardin Orange one. I really like it, not greasy at all, absorbs into my face fast and it really cooled down the spots on my neck where I always get an irritating redness. I'm thinking of trying their new Tonic and and Balm. So far I've been nothing but impressed with everything I have ordered from CRSW.

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 11-24-2015, 06:21 PM
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Acqua di parma aftershave balm....expensive but worth every penny.  Nothing repairs my skin better.

L'Occitane Cade aftershave balm.  Underrated and under-appreciated.

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 11-25-2015, 07:33 AM
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Have you tried witch hazel? Kind of a strong scent, but it might help with the inflammation where the heavier balms don't.

Another thing to try would be an aloe gel, or an aftershave based on aloe gel rather than oils or alcohol.

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 11-25-2015, 09:39 AM
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(11-25-2015, 07:33 AM)Songwind Wrote: Have you tried witch hazel? Kind of a strong scent, but it might help with the inflammation where the heavier balms don't.

Another thing to try would be an aloe gel, or an aftershave based on aloe gel rather than oils or alcohol.

Great suggestions and it sounds as if you are describing the new post shave tonic and lotion from CRSW to a "T".  They both contain aloe and witch hazel in their ingredients along with a bevy of other really nice ingredients. It's my understanding that the lotion is much lighter than the standard balm. I'm looking forward to finding out for myself as mine are scheduled to arrive today.

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 11-25-2015, 01:08 PM
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Myrsol Emulsion is soothing and helps calm some redness that I get occasionally.  It is my most favorite ASB of all time and I have tried many!  Subtle menthol as well.  Great stuff.  As you can see, there are a lot of products that work for a variety of guys - unfortunately it may take some trial and error but I think Emulsion is worth a try.  Good luck!

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