I actually have less irritation and pimples with the SR...unless you count the additional nicks that come from learning. I actually have the same oil and use it on occasion but haven't found it to be necessary. I do like the smell of the stuff though. The balm from their kit is nice and it does keep my face from drying out. Assuming you're either putting a hot wet rag on your face to open the pores and soften the beard or shaving after a shower, it wouldn't hurt to splash cold water on your face after the shave to tighten up your pores. My understanding is that the cold splash can help keep the pores from clogging up afterwards.