You just had a rough what?

Discussion in 'Shave School' started by JR Reyes, Jun 8, 2016.

  1. JR Reyes

    JR Reyes I scream for....chicken wings??

    Greetings fellow den members.

    I'm not sure if a thread like this already exists, but I'm looking to see if you all have any tips/tricks/proven methods that you use or would recommend after having experienced a rough shave?

    I'm sure we've all been there, and I think the information could help members of all experience levels.

    So let's hear them...what do you guys do after a rough shave to help expedite the healing process?
  2. Omaney

    Omaney Well-Known Member

    I rub bacon drippings on the face of a voodoo doll of myself.
  3. JR Reyes

    JR Reyes I scream for....chicken wings??

    and so it
  4. HolyRollah

    HolyRollah BaconLord

    Honestly, I can't recall a recent shave that I would consider rough. Now when I was first learning to SR shave, that's a different story.
    I would apply shea butter post-shave — which is an excellent soothing balm for any irritation I may have experienced from the shave. Not 100% shea, but a lotion made of 80% shea with almond oil, jojoba oil, etc.— very similar to this home made balm I made for my wife in 2013 Click here to see! Wonderful stuff for any post-shave tenderness!
  5. John Ruschmeyer

    John Ruschmeyer Well-Known Member

    Cold water rinse... alum... Aveeno After Shave Lotion.
  6. mikewood

    mikewood Well-Known Member

    Stop when you feel the blade start to fail. For me usually it's a dull blade so I replace it and get back in business. Some blades last half a shave. Some last 7 shaves. If it's a new soap I go to a milder blade and a adjustable razor that is almost closed and try to work with the soap. If the soap isn't working I pitch it.
    Other than that I splash a little witch hazel on my face to treat the skin and that stops mild razor burn. With major burn that hurts for more than a day I lay off shaving for a couple days and let the skin heal. I do the same for a bad sunburn.

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  7. zec668

    zec668 Well-Known Member

    Honestly, I have found that the most important thing to do is to make sure to go very easy on your next few shaves until you heal up. You can still get a nice, close shave without a lot of pressure or extra passes. The theme of your shaves after a rough shave should be caution and care. This is probably the most important thing to letting your skin heal up.
  8. tuxxdk

    tuxxdk International Penguin of Mystery

    If it's a cut, I apply alum after the usual after shave. Just to stop the bleeding.

    If it's irritation etc, I apply a homemade shea butter lotion bar after the usual after shave. It works wonders on the rough irritated spots.
  9. MattCB

    MattCB Well-Known Member

    I would recommend two things.

    1) Use of an alum block immediately after the shave followed by a good balm or shea butter to rehydrate and protect the raw area of your face.
    2) Assess what went wrong in the first place
  10. JR Reyes

    JR Reyes I scream for....chicken wings??

    Great info and tips gents...keep them coming.

    I remember when I first started, I would use witch hazel along with Nivea Post shave balm. My wife also got me a sample of Origins Fire Fighter, which had witch hazel and aloe in it.

    I will admit, that ever since I converted to straight razor shaving, my days of having an irritated neck are few and far between.
  11. Herm2502

    Herm2502 off to elf practice

    Great suggestion. I also will change the blade, the razor, or both, just to get my mental well being back to a good place. I'll also try to let a bit extra time pass before the next shave to give my face a little ready. Of course, this is all assuming I have a bad shave, which never...ah, who am I kidding, it happens.
  12. JR Reyes

    JR Reyes I scream for....chicken wings??

    Oh yeah....and Don't Chase the BABY!! Going back and adding multiple passes in an effort to force a BBS finish usually ends badly.
  13. RyX

    RyX DoH!

    Yup, but Cremo Moisturizer.
  14. Tallships

    Tallships Well-Known Member

    Well, if the Witch Hazel and alcohol that's in my after shave don't work I have a nap. But honestly I can't remember when I had that rough of a shave
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  15. preidy

    preidy Just call me Dino

    Start with a close water rinse to help calm your skin, and then alum. After that use what ever concoction your heart desires. Next time slow down and a lite touch.

    Last edited: Jun 8, 2016
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  16. ARGH

    ARGH Well-Known Member

    Alum before Thayers. Rough shaves are always my fault. Thankfully they are few and far between. Either an edge not honed up to snuff or a 3? 4? Day old blade or too much pressure. Alum seems to work if it was really rough I may use a balm instead of a splash aftershave.
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  17. HolyRollah

    HolyRollah BaconLord

    Easiest fix.......grow a beard!

  18. Omaney

    Omaney Well-Known Member

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  19. Norcalnewb

    Norcalnewb Magnanimous Moos

    I like some cold water to help cool the burn. When I get to my next shave, I try to slow down and focus on technique, starting with a good lather. When using a DE, I would make sure to ride the cap and watch my angles.
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  20. PickledNorthern

    PickledNorthern Fabulous, the unicorn

    Witch Hazel then a Stirling balm.

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