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Softening facial stubble?

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by justinsmnz, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. justinsmnz

    justinsmnz Senior member

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    A girl I was spending this weekend with told me that my stubble was hurting her chin after kissing for a while. Eventually it got to the point that I could actually see where it was rubbing her chin and it was clearly causing an issue. The strange part was that I had shaved around 8 hours before this, so my face was still relatively smooth (or so I thought.) "Ok," I thought. "I've got fairly thick and quickly growing facial hair, so I'll go shave right now and hopefully that will solve it." I went in the bathroom and shaved again as close as I could. When we tried again she said it was slightly better, but still rough enough to become a problem.

    I shave with a Mach 3 and had a brand new blade on it. I use whatever random Gilette shaving gel I pick up (I think this time it was something with aloe.) My usual routine is to wash my face with warm/hot water, then lather and shave. I rinse with cold water.

    This is the first time I've gotten this complaint and I haven't been able to find any decent advice online besides "shave 3-4 times immediately before kissing." I'd really like to find some solution for this.

    Is there any type of conditioner/lotion I can use to soften up the tiny amount of stumble that is still there after shaving (and will still help 8-12 hours after)? I'd be willing to try pretty much anything besides safety/straight razor shaving (can't really dedicate the time to it.)
     
  2. KurtS90

    KurtS90 Senior member

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    I shave with a safety razor, a gold Merkur (not sure on model). Using Merkur or Feather branded razors. With a good badger brush and bowl, I lather up with True Fit and Hill. Doing this I save a fortune as the blades are much cheaper then cartilage razors. I also get a much closer and less irritated shave.

    ~Kurt
     
  3. blahman

    blahman Senior member

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    Also try switching to shaving oil instead of those gels/creams that foam up. They can possibly give a closer shave. And it's a lot easier to see whether you missed a spot too.

    Shaving when or straight after you take a hot shower also makes shaving a lot easier.
     
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  4. Rambo

    Rambo Senior member

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    To answer your thread question - no. Some people just have coarse hair and some don't.
     
  5. justinsmnz

    justinsmnz Senior member

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    I actually picked up some Burt's Bees shaving cream the other day and it seems to be working a bit better for me. I really like the fact that it doesn't lather. Like you mentioned, I can see any missed spots or areas that need a bit more attention.

    I also started carefully shaving against the grain in some of the particularly coarse places and it's much closer. I haven't shaved against the grain for years because it used to irritate my skin pretty severely but it looks like my skin may be doing a bit better this time around.

    Rambo - I guess that's true. It also seems like some girls just have more fragile skin than others. A mixture of the two doesn't work out so well.
     
  6. CDFS

    CDFS Senior member

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    Shaving 2-3 times helps me.
     
  7. KurtS90

    KurtS90 Senior member

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    A day or week? I shave 3 times a week, Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday (my hair grows slow, but thick). I do 3 passes, down, side, and up.

    ~Kurt
     
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    CDFS Senior member

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    Yes, I meant three passes. Down, down and down.
     
  9. phxlawstudent

    phxlawstudent Senior member

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    Well, since your unwilling to try the best solutions to the problem, you can do better beard prep. Beard Prep scroll down to beard prep. Using a brush and soap also help.

    Other than that, you can wax it or laser it off. :p
     
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2012
  10. bmathe02

    bmathe02 Well-Known Member

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    MUSGO REAL - Glycerine Lime Oil Soap -


    Anyone who wet shaves knows of it. It is a great beard prep and it will soften the hair much better then plain water. You apply it to face, let sit for a minute or so, re wet face (just wet not wash off) and then apply your shave soap of choice on top of it.
     

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