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I have to shave every day for the Army, but I do get occasional acne on my neck and cheek (most of mine is the backborn bastard type.)
One thing you could try is wet shaving. It takes a little more time, but results in a much closer shave. When I use the Gel stuff, I normally have a 5 o clock shadow by around noon. When I wet shave the night before, I make it to 5 PM or later the next day. It has also reduced my few breakouts on my face.
Here's how I do it.
Shower at night before you sleep (If you're a morning shower type you can skip this).
Wash your face in the shower or at the sink
Get a washcloth and run it under HOT water for quite some time. Wring it out and hold it over your face and neck for around two minutes. This opens up your pours.
Now with your shaving soap (Here's one for sensitive skin
Lather the soap up in a bowl or your hand it up, and brush it onto your face with a Shaving brush (Here's a good starter one for around 12 dollars) Brushing it onto your face instead of just slapping it on with your hand works to exfoilate dead skin and junk that gets clogged in your pours. Work out a good lather on your face (This takes some practice)
Then..instead of shaving, wash it off and brush a new layer on. Shave this time.
Personally I'm getting a straight razor for christmas. I'm hoping that the single blade and time it takes will help my skin. However, a saftey razor is also a good plan. There's something about half a dozen blades dragging across my face that just sounds like it would cause trouble.
But, if you don't want to go that route, you still get a crazy close shave just using the multiblade.
1. Shower/Wash Face
2. Washcloth 2-3 minutes.
3. Brush on to good lather.
5. Brush on to good lather.
OMG! I HATED shaving, asked for that razor/brush kit for my birthday and got it. I was shaving one day and my wife was like "What the hell are you doing? You're on vacation!". I love it so much I shave even if I don't have to! GET IT. PS: I use this soap for it... I also will say the feather razors above in the link are the very best I have tried.
My shave of the day (night?):
Brush: an Art of Shaving "genuine badger" brush:
Shave Soap: Proraso sensitive soap
Pre/After Shave Soap: Brickell Men's Charcoal Face Cleanser
Razor: what i believe to be a Gillette Ball End Tech
Alum: Phoenix accoutrements alum block
Aftershave: Nivea sensitive after-shave
Shaving Beer: Creature Comforts Tropicalia
Edit: I apologize for the redundant SOTD tag in my title just. Also sorry that the image was linked as an album
If you haven't looked into it, I would highly recommend shaving soaps. I can personally vouch for Proraso Sensitive Skin. It also comes in a tube for those who don't want to bother with shaving brushes, but I don't think
that would last as long. Obligatory plug for /r/wicked_edge and /r/ladyshavers.
I'm a big fan of Proraso products myself. They are easy to lather, smell great, and last a long time. I've had my most recent tube for over 6 months. They do make a soap for sensitive skin here. It's also available in a tube if you prefer that. You might could try Sephora in the mall as well. Supposedly they sell some decent shave soaps but I've never checked myself. Hopefully that helps you out! :)
You might want to try a shaving soap, then. Maggard's has a wide variety of hard pucks and softer soaps. For specifics I personally like Mitchell's Wool Fat and Meißner Tremonia <em>Pots of Milk</em>.
A few big-name soaps and creams you can consider: Proraso <em>Sensitive</em>, Taylor of Old Bond Street <em>Sensitive</em>, and Edwin Jagger <em>Natural</em>.
Is this the tub? If so I can offer a tub of Proraso White. Unused, just put a few drops of water on top to see what it smells like.
I had the same reaction to Maggard's Barbershop. The few soaps that didn't give me any irritation include Proraso Sensitive (the white one), Sterling's Sandlewood, and TOBS Avocado. Maybe one of these may work just as well for you as they have for me, but it seems like everyone reacts differently to each individual scent and/or brand of soap if there is any sensitivity issues. Best of luck hunting down what works best for you.
Shaving soap (this one specifically is for sensitive skin) - https://www.amazon.com/Proraso-Shaving-Soap-Bowl-Sensitive/dp/B001JHEY14
The Razor (works well with sensitive skin, not too harsh tbh) - https://www.amazon.com/Edwin-Jagger-Double-Safety-Regular/dp/B003LW4L2W
Shaving Brush - https://www.amazon.com/Fendrihan-Synthetic-Shaving-Personal-Professional/dp/B0731KPG72
And for blades just order from http://tryablade.com/ - I would recommend Gilette Silver Blues or ASTRA Superior Platinum. If you want to test a bunch just order 2 of each and make a package order. (and test them out to your liking)