Originally Posted by chuck schick
Thanks for the advice, guys. I have a pretty thick beard and am very hopeful this foray rids me of razor burn and improves my skin - bought a nice array of creams, etc.
What about around your chin and your moustache? I envision these areas being very succeptible to gashes.
Thanks again for the thoughts and any advice.
If you have a thick beard, you want to prepare your face well to avoid gashes. Rinsing your beard thoroughly with hot water before shaving/shaving after a shower/pressing a hot towel to your face will soften the beard.
A pre-shave cream might also be a good option, proraso makes a decent pre-shave cream and you wont break the bank buying a pot.
edit: Yeah and you'll probably also want to invest in a styptic pencil or alum block (just in case you nick yourself), that stuff will stop the bleeding.