Irritation, day after shaving??

Discussion in 'Shave Clinic & Newbie Check-In' started by granty, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. Hi all,

    I'm wondering if anyone has found irritation appearing the day after they shave?

    When I use a Mach 3 occasionally, I can get a close shave without applying much pressure, but like a lot of people, my neck area is quite sensitive. Generally, it'll show as soon as I've shaved as little red irritation spots all over. The next day though, I don't shave, and I can guarantee it'll be rather sore and itchy, with large red spots showing up on the throat.

    Now generally speaking, when I use my DE (British #16 Aristocrat, gold, been DE shaving for a year now) I can get just as good a shave as before with the Mach 3, but with no irritation for the whole day (or very little on the neck), including the day after if i don't shave. Just the other day though I got Mach 3 symptoms after using the #16, and I can't think why (always same soap, blade, alum afterwards). Probably just 'one of those shaves', as they say.

    I was just wondering if anyone has noticed similar effects the day AFTER they shave, when the hair is coming back through. It never lasts more than a day for me and there's no problems after that.
  2. mdunn

    mdunn Moderator Emeritus

    sounds like ingrowns, where the hair is cut below the skin and then pushes back through it a day or so later. Its caused by either cartridges or too much pressure with a DE
  3. JPM


    +1. I've noticed it once or twice when I got a little too agressive the day after, but usually I get rewarded for bad technique with instant irritation.:001_rolle
  4. mdunn is quite possibly right about the ingrowns since you're experiencing irritation the dat after, indicating a problem with the regrowth. I did, however, notice you said that you won't have irritation though if you don't shave two days in a row, which leads me to assume you're being a bit aggressive with your shaves. Focus on your technique and barely applying an pressure at all--this should improve it. If not, it might simply be that your particular skin responds that way to the extreme exfoliation of shaving and as a result you may need to only shave every other day. Luckily, you are now DE shaving and your shaves should last quite a while!

    Best of luck,
  5. yep, thanks guys. The pressure thing might be the issue. The neck I always find a bit tricky, as I think a lot of people do; I hate having stubble there, but I'll try easing off as much as I can to see if it improves. I usually only shave every other day or three days, even though i have quite a lot of dark hair, because any more frequently is inviting disaster!

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