Irritation on the neck and below the jaw

Discussion in 'General Shaving Talk' started by Alex7, Jun 26, 2019.

  1. Alex7

    Alex7 Active Member

    Hello. I shave daily with 3 passes(WTG, XTG AND ATG). I get irritation below the jaw and on the neck. I use D'amaris shave cream or Palmolive shave cream, a Whipped Dog 22 mm knot silvertip badger brush, a Wilkinson Sword Classic(the one you get from the supermarket), a D'amaris aftershave and a Gillete blue or red blade. No matter how smooth of a touch I use with the razor I get irritated. I also have problems with creating a lather. I apply the cream on he brush and then to my face, but by the 3'rd pass the lather is very thin. Any solutions?
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2019
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  2. Norcalnewb

    Norcalnewb Magnanimous Moos

    Do you have to do the ATG pass? I stopped going for a BBS shave a long while back due to irritation. With two passes, I can get a DFS quality shave without irritation. I am the only one who can tell the difference anyway, it works well.
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  3. Norcalnewb

    Norcalnewb Magnanimous Moos

    Another thought is check you angle on the razor. Try riding the cap.
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  4. Edison Carter

    Edison Carter Goo-bloomin' Stankster

    On those irritated areas make certain of the direction of hair growth.

    Once I discovered my lower neck grows South to North, I realized my first pass in this area was actually ATG.

    My priority is comfortable shave.
  5. ordinaryshaver

    ordinaryshaver Well-Known Member

    Angle and pressure, angle and pressure.
    Technique trumps tools.
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  6. RyX

    RyX DoH! Staff Member

    @Alex7 - You've been counseled by several members of The 30 Day Crew. (I'm one, too) If you'd like some feedback, coaching, and / or cheerleading stop in for a visit HERE. Every month we start a new thread, but the conversation never stops. The idea that Technique Trumps Tools is all about getting the best shaves from whatever gear you own. There are a number of things the collective brain trust have agreed can improve most anyone's shave. Ignore the guys gluing DE blades to their fingers - that's the Shenanigans portion of the program meant to keep the vintage Shavers trying new things. It's the New Shavers learning how to improve that keeps us entertained.
  7. Terry

    Terry Tool Admirer

    Ok Alex...

    From what I've learned, there are two probable things that it might be.

    1. Your technique is not quite up to par, so practice, practice, practice. To much pressure and/or incorrect angle on the first two passes will make the 3rd pass rough. Also correcting for beard direction growth is part of technique.

    2. Your skin just might not like 3 passes, I can do 3 passes IF I correctly get the first 2 properly done. So I normally quit at 2.

    Also, Shaving taking in consideration of beard growth makes a 2 pass shave very close.

    Just my opinion.
    30DC is the way....
    Good luck!
    Keep up the good work.
  8. Killerflyingbugs

    Killerflyingbugs Well-Known Member

    I was having the same issues, the 30 dc helped a lot, I have had good luck with skin streaching and practice.
  9. Primotenore

    Primotenore missed opera tunity

    Article Team
    All good advice so far. IF, I were to find one culprit for your issue, I would choose the ATG pass. This is the most difficult to perform correctly without causing irritation, because in all likelihood, you are removing epidermis as well as hair. First things first. STOP the ATG pass on the sensitive areas. Second, take the 30DC advice and let's get you shaving like a pro.
  10. Edison Carter

    Edison Carter Goo-bloomin' Stankster

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  11. Ron R

    Ron R Well-Known Member

    I hope you map your beard after 2 or 3 days growth to see grain pattern and I like to use a pass 2 1/2 pass system WTG + ATG + clean up = it works for me.
    Technique is so important like others mentioned and you are set with any Razor systems like DE,SE, and cartridge razors & of course straight razors.
    FullSizeRender.jpg Have some great shaves!

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