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BroloBrolo BroseidonLord of the BroceanRegistered User regular
edited April 2011 in Social Entropy++
Every once in a while you'll have a question that not even Google and Wikipedia can help you with. This is a thread where you can ask questions and have them answered by the brilliant minds of Social Entropy Plus Plus.

You can ask and answer as many questions as you'd like. If you have knowledge or are an expert in a particular field, let people know! Personally, I'm pretty knowledgeable about computer hardware/software and some things on graphic design and web development.

My question:

What's a good way to shave that doesn't cause much skin irritation? I've been using cheapo disposable razors + generic shaving cream for years now, and over the past year or two I've found that they've increasingly damaged the skin around my neck and cheeks, and now they're causing ingrown hairs as well. I find if I only use a disposable razor once or twice it's not so bad, but throwing them out at that rate seems like a waste of materials and money. I've been thinking that maybe a straight razor that I can sharpen myself is the answer, but I'm not sure how the sharpness compares to a new disposable blade.

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  • SheriSheri Resident Fluffer My Living RoomRegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Shaving you say

    Light the Smart Hero signal

    Sheri on
  • Mr FuzzbuttMr Fuzzbutt Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Rolo wrote: »
    Every once in a while you'll have a question that not even Google and Wikipedia can help you with. This is a thread where you can ask questions and have them answered by the brilliant minds of Social Entropy Plus Plus.

    You can ask and answer as many questions as you'd like. If you have knowledge or are an expert in a particular field, let people know! Personally, I'm pretty knowledgeable about computer hardware/software and some things on graphic design and web development.

    My question:

    What's a good way to shave that doesn't cause much skin irritation? I've been using cheapo disposable razors + generic shaving cream for years now, and over the past year or two I've found that they've increasingly damaged the skin around my neck and cheeks, and now they're causing ingrown hairs as well. I find if I only use a disposable razor once or twice it's not so bad, but throwing them out at that rate seems like a waste of materials and money. I've been thinking that maybe a straight razor that I can sharpen myself is the answer, but I'm not sure how the sharpness compares to a new disposable blade.

    I'm pretty sure ingrown hairs occur when your shave is too close. Are you shaving before or after having a shower? Showering makes your skin swell a bit, so the hairs are cut further out and you are less likely to get ingrowns.

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  • zucchinizucchini robothero pretty much amazingRegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Sheri wrote: »
    Shaving you say

    Light the bluefoxicy signal

    zucchini on
  • #pipe#pipe Cocky Stride, Musky odours Pope of Chili TownRegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Rolo wrote: »
    What's a good way to shave that doesn't cause much skin irritation? I've been using cheapo disposable razors + generic shaving cream for years now, and over the past year or two I've found that they've increasingly damaged the skin around my neck and cheeks, and now they're causing ingrown hairs as well. I find if I only use a disposable razor once or twice it's not so bad, but throwing them out at that rate seems like a waste of materials and money. I've been thinking that maybe a straight razor that I can sharpen myself is the answer, but I'm not sure how the sharpness compares to a new disposable blade.

    Watch this
    http://vimeo.com/19776966

    There's a great intro to a wet shave starting at about 3:00

    Forget about a straight razor. It's not really necessary, safety razors shave the same way and have cheap, replaceable blades.

    I used to get wicked skin irritation and ingrowns and pimples. Ever since I started shaving with soap and a brush I haven't got a single pimple or ingrown.

    not one.

    #pipe on
  • Ruby RhodRuby Rhod Multipass!Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
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  • TallahasseerielTallahasseeriel Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    I don't even shave with cream, but then, I'm weird.

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  • #pipe#pipe Cocky Stride, Musky odours Pope of Chili TownRegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    zucchini wrote: »
    Sheri wrote: »
    Shaving you say

    Light the bluefoxicy signal

    nah that guy only makes OPs

    #pipe on
  • BroloBrolo Broseidon Lord of the BroceanRegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Rolo wrote: »
    Every once in a while you'll have a question that not even Google and Wikipedia can help you with. This is a thread where you can ask questions and have them answered by the brilliant minds of Social Entropy Plus Plus.

    You can ask and answer as many questions as you'd like. If you have knowledge or are an expert in a particular field, let people know! Personally, I'm pretty knowledgeable about computer hardware/software and some things on graphic design and web development.

    My question:

    What's a good way to shave that doesn't cause much skin irritation? I've been using cheapo disposable razors + generic shaving cream for years now, and over the past year or two I've found that they've increasingly damaged the skin around my neck and cheeks, and now they're causing ingrown hairs as well. I find if I only use a disposable razor once or twice it's not so bad, but throwing them out at that rate seems like a waste of materials and money. I've been thinking that maybe a straight razor that I can sharpen myself is the answer, but I'm not sure how the sharpness compares to a new disposable blade.

    I'm pretty sure ingrown hairs occur when your shave is too close. Are you shaving before or after having a shower? Showering makes your skin swell a bit, so the hairs are cut further out and you are less likely to get ingrowns.

    Ooh, I almost always shave in the morning, and I tend to shower at night.

    I seem to get ingrowns when the blade is dull enough that I can feel it snagging on stubble, it's like instead of cutting the hair it's just getting yanked out, and then it seems to grow back poorly.

    Also yes, Bluefoxicy! I was trying to remember the identity of our resident Shavemaster.

    Brolo on
  • zucchinizucchini robothero pretty much amazingRegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    I've used a mach 3 forever and also nivea for sensitive skin

    zucchini on
  • mensch-o-maticmensch-o-matic Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    I don't really get zits but wow my skin is sagtits misery central does anyone here know any good lotions for dry, stretchmarked, shameful flesh

    mensch-o-matic on
  • AphostileAphostile San Francisco, CARegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    A nice Merkur safety razor, blades (which I won't recommend any, it really is trial and error which are best for you), badger hair brush and high quality soap cream are what you want.

    Higher initial investment, but blades are very cheap and the shave is amazing.

    Then again, I don't shave completely anymore, just use a Philips Norelco beard trimmer on the two lowest settings for a light stubble at all times.

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    Nothing. Matters.
  • TallahasseerielTallahasseeriel Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    What about Aftershave?

    I use Brut, because I can get it cheap at walmart and I trust it since my dad used it.

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  • queuewindowqueuewindow Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    rolo, there are these solutions that come in little blue bottles usually that you apply after you shave. they dry your skin right out but they're supposed to help with ingrown hairs and razor burn. a lot of guys i know with coarse facial hair have this problem

    e: i really don't remember the name of the one my dermatologist prescribed. i guess i could ask him, but that's way too much work

    e2: oh here it is

    queuewindow on
  • SheriSheri Resident Fluffer My Living RoomRegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    zucchini wrote: »
    Sheri wrote: »
    Shaving you say

    Light the bluefoxicy signal

    I don't know who that is
    Not technically true. I recognize the name, but I didn't realize he was a Shaving Dude

    Sheri on
  • #pipe#pipe Cocky Stride, Musky odours Pope of Chili TownRegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Uriel wrote: »
    What about Aftershave?

    I use Brut, because I can get it cheap at walmart and I trust it since my dad used it.

    so let me get this straight

    you shave without any kind of cream or oil

    then you apply alcohol

    #pipe on
  • nukanuka What are circles? Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    I'm baking a cake, but the recipe measures things by weight, and I don't have a kitchen scale. We don't have room for one. I will buy one when I move out I promise. I already had to convert from the metric scale to US scale.

    Anyways. I have 1 8oz package of Philadelphia cream cheese and another 12oz tub of the same stuff. I need 10 oz for the cake.

    I was hoping that I could just eyeball it if my dad got a 4oz container but alas.

    My math skills are about that of a 2nd grader. (I'm sorry. :( ) I'm looking at this conversion site and crying.

    nuka on
    DS: 2667 5365 3193 | 2DS: 2852-8590-3716
  • bowtiedsealbowtiedseal Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    I don't really get zits but wow my skin is sagtits misery central does anyone here know any good lotions for dry, stretchmarked, shameful flesh

    for dry my go-to is cetaphil ultra hydrating, not sure how it does with shame and stretchmarks though.

    when I am rolling in the dough or someone has given me a gift card I like dream cream from lush!

    http://www.lushusa.com/shop/products/body/hand-and-body-creams/dream-cream

    bowtiedseal on
  • #pipe#pipe Cocky Stride, Musky odours Pope of Chili TownRegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    nuka wrote: »
    I'm baking a cake, but the recipe measures things by weight, and I don't have a kitchen scale. We don't have room for one. I will buy one when I move out I promise. I already had to convert from the metric scale to US scale.

    Anyways. I have 1 8oz package of Philadelphia cream cheese and another 12oz tub of the same stuff. I need 10 oz for the cake.

    I was hoping that I could just eyeball it if my dad got a 4oz container but alas.

    My math skills are about that of a 2nd grader. (I'm sorry. :( ) I'm looking at this conversion site and crying.

    you could dump both the 12 ounch and the 8 ounce tubs into a bowl and combine them, then divide it perfectly in half

    then you've got your 10 ounces, and you can drop the other 10 into the 12 ounce container to save

    #pipe on
  • OrikaeshigitaeOrikaeshigitae Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited April 2011
    i will answer questions about being me

    go

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  • FyndirFyndir Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Ever since I shifted over to an electric shaver (some sort of bullshit with multiple rotating heads) I've had no problems with irritated skin, pimples or anything like that, relatively cost efficient after the initial outlay for the device, as the blades / heads seem to last well, at least a couple of years and I've yet to have any problems with the set that came with it.

    Also makes shaving when barely awake much simpler, as I have yet to find a way to cut myself with it.

    Fyndir on
  • AphostileAphostile San Francisco, CARegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    nuka wrote: »
    I'm baking a cake, but the recipe measures things by weight, and I don't have a kitchen scale. We don't have room for one. I will buy one when I move out I promise. I already had to convert from the metric scale to US scale.

    Anyways. I have 1 8oz package of Philadelphia cream cheese and another 12oz tub of the same stuff. I need 10 oz for the cake.

    I was hoping that I could just eyeball it if my dad got a 4oz container but alas.

    My math skills are about that of a 2nd grader. (I'm sorry. :( ) I'm looking at this conversion site and crying.

    1 cup = 8 oz of cream cheese.
    1/4 cup = 2 oz of cream cheese.
    1 & 1/4 cup = 10z cream cheese.

    Aphostile on
    Nothing. Matters.
  • nukanuka What are circles? Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    #pipe wrote: »
    nuka wrote: »
    I'm baking a cake, but the recipe measures things by weight, and I don't have a kitchen scale. We don't have room for one. I will buy one when I move out I promise. I already had to convert from the metric scale to US scale.

    Anyways. I have 1 8oz package of Philadelphia cream cheese and another 12oz tub of the same stuff. I need 10 oz for the cake.

    I was hoping that I could just eyeball it if my dad got a 4oz container but alas.

    My math skills are about that of a 2nd grader. (I'm sorry. :( ) I'm looking at this conversion site and crying.

    you could dump both the 12 ounch and the 8 ounce tubs into a bowl and combine them, then divide it perfectly in half

    then you've got your 10 ounces, and you can drop the other 10 into the 12 ounce container to save
    Ok now I feel like I'm functionally retarded, but thank you. Jesus why didn't I think of that. D:

    EDIT: Thanks Aphostile, I don't have to get an extra dish dirty.

    nuka on
    DS: 2667 5365 3193 | 2DS: 2852-8590-3716
  • Butler For Life #1Butler For Life #1 Twinning is WinningRegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    I'm totally up to answer questions about twins!

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  • BroloBrolo Broseidon Lord of the BroceanRegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    nuka wrote: »
    I'm baking a cake, but the recipe measures things by weight, and I don't have a kitchen scale. We don't have room for one. I will buy one when I move out I promise. I already had to convert from the metric scale to US scale.

    Anyways. I have 1 8oz package of Philadelphia cream cheese and another 12oz tub of the same stuff. I need 10 oz for the cake.

    I was hoping that I could just eyeball it if my dad got a 4oz container but alas.

    My math skills are about that of a 2nd grader. (I'm sorry. :( ) I'm looking at this conversion site and crying.

    http://www.wolframalpha.com/ could be potentially useful, with a search like this:

    http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=12oz+in+tablespoons

    Brolo on
  • BerkBerk THE BUDGIE SMUGGLER Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    i will answer questions about being me

    go

    do you still do designs for book covers n shit?

    Berk on
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  • skettiosskettios Enchanted ForestRegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    I am of no help, but I want that cake, nuka

    skettios on
  • Sars_BoySars_Boy Rest, You Are The Lightning. Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    i will answer questions about being me

    go

    what is it like?

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  • nukanuka What are circles? Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    I will tell you all about this cake I promise skettios, I'll bake it tomorrow if not tonight.

    I am willing to answer any questions regarding Minecraft or meteorology.

    nuka on
    DS: 2667 5365 3193 | 2DS: 2852-8590-3716
  • bowtiedsealbowtiedseal Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    I'm not much of an authority on anything. I could answer questions about...curly hair? I dunno.

    bowtiedseal on
  • #pipe#pipe Cocky Stride, Musky odours Pope of Chili TownRegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Fyndir wrote: »
    Ever since I shifted over to an electric shaver (some sort of bullshit with multiple rotating heads) I've had no problems with irritated skin, pimples or anything like that, relatively cost efficient after the initial outlay for the device, as the blades / heads seem to last well, at least a couple of years and I've yet to have any problems with the set that came with it.

    Also makes shaving when barely awake much simpler, as I have yet to find a way to cut myself with it.

    yeah but you never get a close shave

    #pipe on
  • OrikaeshigitaeOrikaeshigitae Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited April 2011
    Berk wrote: »
    i will answer questions about being me

    go

    do you still do designs for book covers n shit?

    i could, but i spend a lot of time doing my master's degree. if i don't become employed in January i'll probably go back to doing freelance design.

    Sars_Boy wrote: »
    i will answer questions about being me

    go

    what is it like?

    depressing!

    Orikaeshigitae on
  • Charles KinboteCharles Kinbote Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Koshian wrote: »
    IAMA gay babie AMA(ask me anything)

    koshian making reddit jokes

    my world is flipped* upside-down

    *turned

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  • ultimakayultimakay Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Aphostile wrote: »
    nuka wrote: »
    I'm baking a cake, but the recipe measures things by weight, and I don't have a kitchen scale. We don't have room for one. I will buy one when I move out I promise. I already had to convert from the metric scale to US scale.

    Anyways. I have 1 8oz package of Philadelphia cream cheese and another 12oz tub of the same stuff. I need 10 oz for the cake.

    I was hoping that I could just eyeball it if my dad got a 4oz container but alas.

    My math skills are about that of a 2nd grader. (I'm sorry. :( ) I'm looking at this conversion site and crying.

    1 cup = 8 oz of cream cheese.
    1/4 cup = 2 oz of cream cheese.
    1 & 1/4 cup = 10z cream cheese.

    This isn't actually correct. When doing a gram to ounce conversion its ounces in weight, not fluid ounces. I almost fell into that same trap when making that same cake, also it is such a good cake.

    edit: and uh, if anyone wanted to run a minecraft server im someone to talk to, not much use beyond that.

    ultimakay on
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  • skettiosskettios Enchanted ForestRegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    nuka wrote: »
    I will tell you all about this cake I promise skettios, I'll bake it tomorrow if not tonight.

    I am willing to answer any questions regarding Minecraft or meteorology.

    yesssss

    skettios on
  • BroloBrolo Broseidon Lord of the BroceanRegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    #pipe wrote: »
    Fyndir wrote: »
    Ever since I shifted over to an electric shaver (some sort of bullshit with multiple rotating heads) I've had no problems with irritated skin, pimples or anything like that, relatively cost efficient after the initial outlay for the device, as the blades / heads seem to last well, at least a couple of years and I've yet to have any problems with the set that came with it.

    Also makes shaving when barely awake much simpler, as I have yet to find a way to cut myself with it.

    yeah but you never get a close shave

    I've tried two electric shavers, but yeah, neither was really all that great at getting a close shave. The last one I had actually exploded violently when it was charging, apparently they were recalled by Braun shortly afterwards.

    Brolo on
  • Lucky CynicLucky Cynic Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    Uriel wrote: »
    What about Aftershave?

    I use Brut, because I can get it cheap at walmart and I trust it since my dad used it.

    Not just your dad but everyone's dad.

    So the question is do you want to chance meeting a girl you quite fancy and all she can think of is why you smell like her old man....


    Course you guys can ask me anything right back.

    Lucky Cynic on
  • Charles KinboteCharles Kinbote Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    i have sampled many books and spent a lot of my time enriching myself in the library and will therefore answer any questions on what paper tastes like

    Charles Kinbote on
  • AphostileAphostile San Francisco, CARegistered User regular
    edited April 2011
    ultimakay wrote: »
    This isn't actually correct. When doing a gram to ounce conversion its ounces in weight, not fluid ounces. I almost fell into that same trap when making that same cake, also it is such a good cake.

    Strange because nearly every site I googled out there, including baking recipes, stated that 1 8oz tub of Philly cream cheese yields 1 cup.

    Aphostile on
    Nothing. Matters.
  • PeenPeen Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    I'm a librarian and therefore know or can find out practically anything.

    But I'm really only qualified to answer questions about libraries and maybe effective middle management.

    Peen on
  • FyndirFyndir Registered User regular
    edited April 2011
    #pipe wrote: »
    yeah but you never get a close shave

    It's close enough that I don't care, adding the extra effort, mess, risk of skin irritation and running costs to get something that seems, to me, to be marginally different at best just doesn't make sense.

    To each his own etc.

    Fyndir on
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