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How to not give a girl stubble rash when making out?

TheBanaTheBana Registered User regular
edited June 2010 in Help / Advice Forum
Ok, so I've started seeing a girl and the other night we made out for quite a while but after she complained (politely) about me giving her stubble rash.

Needless to say, I felt guilty and apologised. I had shaved the night before as I had to be up early for work and tonight I'm seeing her again after work so I plan on shaving about three times in a row this morning.

I usually use blades, but also have an electric shaver. If this doesn't work the only thing I can think of is growing the hair out a bit and keeping it trim so it hopefully softens up.

Anyone got any tips/experience when it comes to this?

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    OrganichuOrganichu poops peesRegistered User, Moderator mod
    edited June 2010
    do you not get a lunch break at work

    shave then

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    TheBanaTheBana Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Good thinking, I do get a 20 minute break today (I'm on a short shift)...I might be able to squeeze in a shave after eating.

    EDIT - This is good for today, but it might not always be possible to shave a couple of hours before making out. D:

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    EshEsh Tending bar. FFXIV. Motorcycles. Portland, ORRegistered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Are you using a nice razor? Forget about the electric shaver.

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    TheBanaTheBana Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Esh wrote: »
    Are you using a nice razor? Forget about the electric shaver.

    I'm currently using a Gillete Fusion...to be honest I'm fairly new to blades, up until a couple of months ago I always used electric.

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    I don't think it's the worst out there, but I'm sure there's better...

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    EshEsh Tending bar. FFXIV. Motorcycles. Portland, ORRegistered User regular
    edited June 2010
    TheBana wrote: »
    Esh wrote: »
    Are you using a nice razor? Forget about the electric shaver.

    I'm currently using a Gillete Fusion...to be honest I'm fairly new to blades, up until a couple of months ago I always used electric.

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    I don't think it's the worst out there, but I'm sure there's better...

    I'm sure that's fine. I was just making sure you weren't using some single blade disposable or something.

    Best advice, just shave as close to the date as you can. With a razor. Electrics are garbage.

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    TheBanaTheBana Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Thanks, guys.

    I've just shaved twice, going over my 'moustache/goatee' area a third time and I'll try and sneak another in on my break.

    I'll report back tomorrow!

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    JokermanJokerman Everything EverywhereRegistered User regular
    edited June 2010
    I know the guys in my platoon who could sport a stache in hours from cleav shaven would shave once with the grain, once against, and once back with.

    Seemed to work pretty good.

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    TheBanaTheBana Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    I never shave against the grain, I've always been told not to as it's easier to cut yourself, but that might just do the trick...

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    815165815165 Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Your face isn't wood. Shave both ways.

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    TheBanaTheBana Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Mine is.

    Ok, good advice, that is probably my problem stroking downwards is smooth, back up is usually another story.

    EDIT - Just shaved against the grain and while I did get a couple of extremely small cuts the difference is immense.

    Roll on tonight so I can take my new face for a test drive.

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    DhalphirDhalphir don't you open that trapdoor you're a fool if you dareRegistered User regular
    edited June 2010
    You could also consider actually growing a beard. Stubble rash is only with actual stubble, beards only really tickle. Or so I'm told.

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    strebaliciousstrebalicious Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    I shave against the grain and while smooth to the touch, my pale face makes it look like I still have a five o'clock shadow. But shaving like that, just make sure your razor is nice and fresh. Else your face will tell you if it's not.

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    AurinAurin Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Dhalphir wrote: »
    You could also consider actually growing a beard. Stubble rash is only with actual stubble, beards only really tickle. Or so I'm told.

    Beards are all well and good, but the trimming that a mustache requires makes the hairs as sharp as little damn razors.

    So glad my husband shaved his face last week. Now it's pleasant to kiss him and I don't get stabbed! :P

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    WassermeloneWassermelone Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Shaving against the grain, good razor is good advice.

    Something else to do would be to shave right after a shower or use lots of hot water to get your pores open.

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    KarlKarl Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Learn to shave against the grain.

    Hell when i shave, i shave:

    1.Downwards
    2.Diagionaly, from left to right
    3.Sideways, from left to right.
    4.Upwards.

    And thats the only way i can get a proper close shave. Hopefully you don't need to do so much work. And always try to shave after having a shower. It opens the pores and makes your shave easier.

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    bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    While most people don't need to go as far as Karl, the best way is to shave with, shave against, then shave with. This'll reduce the burn and bumps you get as they grown back if you just went down and up.

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    LeCausticLeCaustic Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
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    UsagiUsagi Nah Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Also maybe try some light facial lotion, it does wonders for making stubble a little softer and hey, she'll probably like how it makes your skin feel too!

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    LeCausticLeCaustic Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Usagi wrote: »
    Also maybe try some light facial lotion, it does wonders for making stubble a little softer and hey, she'll probably like how it makes your skin feel too!

    And it smells good

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    Dead ComputerDead Computer __BANNED USERS regular
    edited June 2010
    Try switching to a safety razor

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    VisionOfClarityVisionOfClarity Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    I second Karl and Usagi's advice. It's what my bf has to do as he has some stubborn stubble but it's worth it.

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    LeCausticLeCaustic Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Karl wrote: »
    Learn to shave against the grain.

    Hell when i shave, i shave:

    1.Downwards
    2.Diagionaly, from left to right
    3.Sideways, from left to right.
    4.Upwards.

    And thats the only way i can get a proper close shave. Hopefully you don't need to do so much work. And always try to shave after having a shower. It opens the pores and makes your shave easier.

    And I use an alcohol-free after shave, because alcohol dries the skin.

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    DhalphirDhalphir don't you open that trapdoor you're a fool if you dareRegistered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Aurin wrote: »
    Dhalphir wrote: »
    You could also consider actually growing a beard. Stubble rash is only with actual stubble, beards only really tickle. Or so I'm told.

    Beards are all well and good, but the trimming that a mustache requires makes the hairs as sharp as little damn razors.

    So glad my husband shaved his face last week. Now it's pleasant to kiss him and I don't get stabbed! :P

    Could always grow a beard but not a mustache.

    That's what I have, and I like it, as does my girlfriend.

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    KarlKarl Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    I also use this to shave with:

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    I recommend this to everyone.

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    DirtyDirtyVagrantDirtyDirtyVagrant Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    I second wassermelone's advice. There is nothing better than a steaming-hot towel after a shave.

    You could also try keeping about a 3-4 day stubble. Just make sure you're fastidious in keeping it trim.

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    HachfaceHachface Not the Minister Farrakhan you're thinking of Dammit, Shepard!Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Don't shave against the grain. Shave across the grain.

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    h3nduh3ndu Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Karl wrote: »
    I also use this to shave with:

    31oUNm4wu7L._SL500_AA300_.jpg

    I recommend this to everyone.

    Oh man - saftey razors are the best. Cleanest shaves I've ever gotten are with them. I first started using them in Germany, got a nice boar bristle brush too - it was great. They're kind of hard to find here in the U.S. though - I see razors for them often enough but never the actual tool. I had to order my last one off of amazon.

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    The Raging PlatypusThe Raging Platypus Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    I've been wanting to use a safety razor for awhile now, but I'm worried about the learning curve. I hear it's the absolute best at giving you that perfect shave though, so I remain intrigued.

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    KronusKronus Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Shaving against the grain, good razor is good advice.

    Something else to do would be to shave right after a shower or use lots of hot water to get your pores open.

    Lots of hot water is the best thing for me, it works wonders and I can get a ridiculously closer shave without making my skin hate me the rest of the day.

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    maximumzeromaximumzero I...wait, what? New Orleans, LARegistered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Don't be afraid to apply more shaving cream/gel/whatever and make a second pass if necessary.

    In general I shave only once or twice a week, only shaving the mornings that I know I'll be seeing the girlfriend. In general the face itself only needs one pass, against the grain, but on my neck I'll usually have to make a second pass (after second shaving cream application) simply because of the angle the hair grows at.

    I do have a little bottle of the Nivea after-shave lotion, but I don't always use it.

    Also, I had an electric shaver which I got as a Christmas gift, and I used it for about 6 months, but as the blades dulled I had to use it for longer periods of time for it catch everything and that really irritated my face. So I want back to the Mach 3 and I think I'll stick with it.

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    SimpsoniaSimpsonia Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    I've been wanting to use a safety razor for awhile now, but I'm worried about the learning curve. I hear it's the absolute best at giving you that perfect shave though, so I remain intrigued.

    There's really no learning curve other than learning that you let the weight of the razor do all the work rather than forcefully dragging it across the skin as you would with modern disposables like the Mach3 and etc. Also using short repetitious strokes rather than big long ones. But other than that you should be shaving like a pro within a week with one, just to get yourself out of the bad habits ingrained by modern razors.

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    DhalphirDhalphir don't you open that trapdoor you're a fool if you dareRegistered User regular
    edited June 2010
    To be honest I've always shaved in the shower with just the warm shower water and no cream and I've never had a problem.

    It does make trimming tricky without a mirror but I've gotten good at shaving by feel.

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    tbloxhamtbloxham Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    TheBana wrote: »
    Ok, so I've started seeing a girl and the other night we made out for quite a while but after she complained (politely) about me giving her stubble rash.

    Needless to say, I felt guilty and apologised. I had shaved the night before as I had to be up early for work and tonight I'm seeing her again after work so I plan on shaving about three times in a row this morning.

    I usually use blades, but also have an electric shaver. If this doesn't work the only thing I can think of is growing the hair out a bit and keeping it trim so it hopefully softens up.

    Anyone got any tips/experience when it comes to this?

    If you have a truly fast growing bristly beard (like mine) your only option is to shave right before. In a few hours your face will go from smooth to sandpaper.

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    MidshipmanMidshipman Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Simpsonia wrote: »
    I've been wanting to use a safety razor for awhile now, but I'm worried about the learning curve. I hear it's the absolute best at giving you that perfect shave though, so I remain intrigued.

    There's really no learning curve other than learning that you let the weight of the razor do all the work rather than forcefully dragging it across the skin as you would with modern disposables like the Mach3 and etc.

    Additionally, if you are shaving with great frequency, you'll save a ton of money in the long run with safety razors versus cartridge refills. A box of 100 blades will only cost you $10-15 compared to a couple dollars per refill that cartridges cost.

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    RobzielRobziel Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Karl wrote: »
    I also use this to shave with:

    31oUNm4wu7L._SL500_AA300_.jpg

    I recommend this to everyone.

    Yes a thousand times yes, my girlfriend got me using one of these and found some great how to videos on youtube (the internet is full of things.) The first couple of times I used it I cut myself pretty awesomely but once I figured out what I was doing I started getting the closest bestest shaves I've ever had, almost beating out the one time I have a straight razor shave.

    Also, the blades will last you forever, I use one blade for about 6-8 months.
    The next time I run out I'm going to pick up this assortment and see if I like any of them better than what I'm using now.

    Trust me once you start using it you'll never go back.

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    DiscoZombieDiscoZombie Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    allow me to be the first to approach this problem from a different angle.

    Kiss more gently?

    If, while making out, you are mindful of the fact that a man's face can hurt a woman when raked against it hard, I'm sure everything will be fine. There's no rule saying that men with stubble cannot kiss. Unless the woman is a total baby.

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    MidshipmanMidshipman Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Robziel wrote: »
    Also, the blades will last you forever, I use one blade for about 6-8 months.

    What? o_O

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    CorvusCorvus . VancouverRegistered User regular
    edited June 2010
    You can either shave more, or, I guess, less. Stubble of the day seems to be a lot more sandpaper like than say, day or two old stubble.

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    RobzielRobziel Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Midshipman wrote: »
    Robziel wrote: »
    Also, the blades will last you forever, I use one blade for about 6-8 months.

    What? o_O

    What? One of the blades that I use stays sharp enough to shave my face comfortable for months on end. Granted I only shave twice a week but it's not like the go instantly dull after their first use.

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    bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Plus the blades are super cheap on top of that.

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