Someone help please/Does anyone else have the same problem. (in Off-topic)

Ernest-Scribbler October 14 2007 3:02 PM EDT

My problem, long story short, comes down to shaving. Now i am 25 and have been shaving for an agonising 10/11 yrs now. The reason it is agonizing, well the 2 reasons are, firstly that my hair on my neck doesn't grow very uniformly and kind of goes out and any old direction it likes. The second problem is that i have very course thick hair. As a result shaving is very painful and leads to a horrible rash everytime i shave, which in my newest job is everyday. I have used all kinds of shaving foams/oils/gels. All kinds of razors, both wet and dry. All kinds of post shave lotions and nothing helps. Has anyone else had similar experiences and solved the problem. If so please let me know. My Neck Hurts!!!!!!!

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] October 14 2007 3:10 PM EDT

i have had the same for most of my 40 years on earth. i can get by with shaving once a week now and so i do. as for when i do need to shave daily, this works best. quad blade shaver, quattro i believe it is. shave in the shower and let the steam soften it up first, i shave my head to so i do head and face first, neck last. i use a moisturizing soap instead of a gel, like softsoap or generic ones. as soon as i am done, i put on brut after shave balm or some other moisturizing after shave balm.

this tends to minimize the rash, but it doesn't do away with it unfortunately. i also change my blades often, that really helps as well. g'luck to you and let me know if you find something better!

Maelstrom October 14 2007 3:12 PM EDT

Grow a beard?

It also bothers my face to shave everyday, so I don't. Every other day (or every few days) works for me.

Have you tried an electric razor? That might help.

Waxing? Electrolysis?

Adminedyit [Superheros] October 14 2007 3:15 PM EDT

The Solution!

smallpau1 - Go Blues [Lower My Fees] October 14 2007 3:19 PM EDT

a buddy of mine just got his lasered off, he had this exact problem (Rashing up).

QBBast [Hidden Agenda] October 14 2007 3:20 PM EDT

More information on your actual shave routine would be helpful. Also knowing whether or not you've been diagnosed with any actual skin condition would be good.

Adminedyit [Superheros] October 14 2007 3:21 PM EDT

seriously though a multi bladed razor, a really good shaving gel, and i take a nice hot shower after i shave then comes the aftershave, Nivea for men Sensitive Balm.

QBBast [Hidden Agenda] October 14 2007 3:23 PM EDT


Relic October 14 2007 4:24 PM EDT

Try American Crew Herbal Shaving Cream, I have the same problem and it is unbelievable at helping in that regard. Another option, is to always shave in the shower. Just get a good anti-fog mirror. I use the Mach 3 Turbo Gillette shaver.

Yukk October 14 2007 4:38 PM EDT

I used to have that problem. Now I shave 95% of the time with an electric shaver. It's not as close, but after a couple of days, my skin wasn't bothered at all.
When I shaves with a blade more often, I found that shaving consistently in the same direction helped to force the hairs to behave. Also for me I found that at a certain point going down, down just didn't work, so I shaved down to that point then the bottom bit I did up. I still do that, but I rarely shave with a blade now.
There are at least 3 distinct classes of electric razors. The circulating blade (Phillishave) type, the flat screen (Ronson) type and ones you can use in the shower. If you're willing to try electric razors, find a place that will let you try them for a week and return them and try another if they don't work out. Even if you try them all and decide they're not for you, at least you gave your skin a chance.
The other thing I do is to do a quick shave with the electric and then clean it up with a blade. This way there's hardly anything for the blade to fight and your skin doesn't get cut up as much. You also end up with a blade shave which lasts longer than a non-blade shave.

I hope this helps.

chuck1234 October 14 2007 4:45 PM EDT

apply shaving foam on the beard and keep it on for 5 minutes [in words: five minutes]...that'll soften the toughest fungus....use Gillette Turbo Mach whatever 3-bladed stuff as the blade...afterwards don't forget to apply aloe vera gel, its better than alcoholic after-shaves...if this doesn't work, simply let the fungus grow, might make you look like a wise young man or a fundamentalist ;)

[YG]Wildthing October 14 2007 6:14 PM EDT

You guys missed the point where he can not grow a beard due to his new job.

Replace your blades often, use cold water to rinse and then clean the razor in rubbing alcohol, use a light pressure when shaving and when you use a gel or aftershave make sure it has no perfumes, as this will aggitate your skin further.You can also use a loofah to scrub your face/neck before shaving. Try shaving after you have a short shower (skin will start to shrivel after about 8 minutes in water, making it harder to shave), and at the very least 30 minutes after you wake up (body fluids make the skin puffy), try to avoid passing over the same areas. A cortizone cream may help for the next shave if razor burn does occur

sooka October 14 2007 6:58 PM EDT

Consult a dermatologist.

AdminQBnovice [Cult of the Valaraukar] October 14 2007 7:09 PM EDT

There are a number of schools of thought, I went the route of finding a Girl who liked me scruffy and a job in computers; The first school is shaving with not much more than super hot water and the oils your skin naturally produces. Hold a towel doused in aforementioned super hot water to your face, apply a small amount of some slippery substance (Dr. Bronners Magic Soap for me, Conditioner for those that can tolerate the crap they put in it) and shave away. The other is the shower method, in this case, you'll want to wash your face well and while attempt to drown youself...err your face, while simultaniously butchering your face fur.

Tell your boss the beard is a religious thing...

Slashundhack [We Forge Our Own Stuff] October 14 2007 8:51 PM EDT

Just shave the parts that don't hurt and the rest is chest hair !Seriously if you can't or won't go natural the discomfort of electrolysis seems the best road to less pain.A doctor has to be able to hook you up.

Ernest-Scribbler October 14 2007 9:30 PM EDT

I am really pleasantly surprised by the responces. I think i may try going electric again, with a better electric razor. I have been to a dermotologist before. They identified that the problem was that the hairs on my neck grow "oddly". Thanks again for all the answers if the electric razor doesn't help i will try some of the other suggestions, though as someone pointed out i can't grow a beard:(

DH October 14 2007 9:33 PM EDT

the hot as heck shower is where i wonders

Unappreciated Misnomer October 14 2007 9:56 PM EDT

just dont shave, grow a beard and trim it, that solves the rash

smallpau1 - Go Blues [Lower My Fees] October 14 2007 10:21 PM EDT

TAE, he just said he cant grow a beard, lol.

Do you wet your chin/face before applying the foam? I do and ive never had a problem, and i shave against the hairs. But if it doesnt help, i would still stick with my last comment.

QBJohnnywas October 15 2007 2:41 AM EDT

Ok, here comes the science part: if you're using a manual razor rinse it under COLD water. Metal expands under hot water so you're losing the edge on the blade. If you like shaving with a blunt razor then that's fine. But a sharper edge will help you a lot.

Also if you're using manuals - make sure you're using a new blade as often as possible. I normally change my blades at least once a week, but I only have to shave twice a week!

smallpau1 - Go Blues [Lower My Fees] October 15 2007 3:38 AM EDT

lol, i haven't changed my blade since ive started shaving, and that was 5 years ago? Used to use my electric one all the time so really only 3 years, the electric one actually started to bother me, =/

QBJohnnywas October 15 2007 3:57 AM EDT

Have you got any face left? I'm picturing you looking like Freddy Kruger now!

Mem October 15 2007 8:38 AM EDT

Or at least like V from V for Vendetta...

QBBast [Hidden Agenda] October 15 2007 8:55 AM EDT

Make an appointment to have it done by a pro, in the chair, with the hot towel on your face, so as to give you the impression that Vinny the Knee might stop in at any moment to "take care of" you.

If the results are satisfactory, repeat at home.

AdminG Beee October 15 2007 10:57 AM EDT

Real men use their sgian dubh then nip down to the stream for a rinse.

SNK3R October 15 2007 11:37 AM EDT

What the heck did he just say?

Sgian dubh? Nip? Stream? Rinse? Yeah...words that definitely shouldn't be together in a sentence.
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