How do I shave with very sensitive skin?

I have used most nivea men sensitive range, post shaving balm and gillette sensitive razor but I always end up with irritated skin that lasts for over 3 hours, I am using the correct technique and even use epederm cream but nothing works.

I have read that panasonic electric razors would be best for my situation but they are an investment for me, should I buy one? Is there anything else I can try to stop looking like I have a red beard and moustache?

23 thoughts on “How do I shave with very sensitive skin?

    • Anonymous says:

      Unfortunately I have done what you have suggested, in the nivea men sensitive range for post shave balm one contains Chamomile and Seaweed Extract together and another contains Hemp Seed Oil + Vitamin E.

      The only part I haven’t tried I think is the witch hazel, is there difference between this and what I have tried above? If not then I need another suggestion please.

      • Anonymous says:

        How old are you? I had trouble when I was younger. Wet shaving helped especially since I could replace the razors regular because of their low price point. Electric shaving worked fine. I got a nice made in Japanese one. It just didn’t shave as close as wet shaving and also irratated the skin a bit. Now that I’m I. My 30s my skin doesn’t get irritated anymore wet shaving. Not sure if it was hormonal when I was younger or my technique is that much better or my skin that much hardier.

        • Anonymous says:

          31, my skin is very sensitive. I have just tried witch hazel as the poster above suggested a few hours ago but the same results.

          I tried both dry and wet shaving and using the most typically recommended nivea sensitive range and epederm cream, a good quality electric razor is the only thing I haven’t tried but its an investment for me like I said.

          • Anonymous says:

            I also have stupid skin, was finally sorted with Proraso preshave cream, very liquid soap + single blade safety razor. Now largely good. Give the proraso a go, I think that’s 80% of my success.

          • Anonymous says:

            I recommended the witch hazel and you’re responding to the follow up post from me here. I have an electric razor. I spent a fair amount of money on it. It was build in Japan. My guess is that they’re all chink built garbage or very expensive now. I prefer wet shaving to the electric shaving for my sensitive skin. Shaving more regularly helped too. You don’t want it to get too thick before shaving.

            Everyone’s skin is different. What works for one person will not necessarily work for the next. Skincare is complicated as heck.

            What absolutely always applies is that you want to stress your skin as little as possible. Don’t do anything stressful before shaving, like exfoliating, shave with as little pressure as possible and against the grain if you don’t require a super close shave, use a good moisturizer afterwards.
            If an ingredient serves no actual purpose it doesn’t belong in your skincare routine. Like the cooling bullshit and chamomile from your aftershave balm. Absolutely never buy products that advertise themselves like that.
            All you can do, short of visiting a high class derm and paying them to do a full on analysis of your skin, is experimenting with different products until you find something that works for you.

            Experiment but sometimes less is more. With real sensitive skin I didn’t do anything but shave, apply witch hazel, wash off, and applied moisturizer as necessary and that was best.

  1. Anonymous says:

    laser, electrolysis. can be a tough decision to commit to though, I have somewhat of an angular psuedo diamond shaped face with gaunt cheeks and growing a beard softens it.

    • Anonymous says:

      do beard hairs make your face (especially the cheeks) fatter? I’ve got pretty solid cheekbones and bone structure in general, but I feel like my beard hairs prevent my face from looking more sharp and hollow.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Interested as well as I am in the same boat. I personally just went with Philiphs OneBlade but I dislike how it doesn’t shave as close as a wet shave with a straight edge but I can’t really do that since I get irritated for hours.

    • Anonymous says:

      https://i.imgur.com/2KZnarS.png

      honestly just accept that you’ll never be able to have a close shave and use an electric razor like.
      I had one and hate how much of a non-close shave it was. but my face was never irritated.

      Weird. I use a Phillips OneBlade and it gives me very close to a blade shave.

      • Anonymous says:

        it depends on hair coarseness, the one blade literally jams on my beard and only hand razors are enough for me. It getting blunt every month is the price I have to pay to Big Gilette

  3. Anonymous says:

    Exfoliate the day before you shave, if you shave daily exfoliate at night and shave in the morning or vice versa.
    Use a pha exfoliator like pic related, or just get aveno tone and texture pha lotion and put it on your face after you wash it.

  4. Anonymous says:

    honestly just accept that you’ll never be able to have a close shave and use an electric razor like.
    I had one and hate how much of a non-close shave it was. but my face was never irritated.

  5. Anonymous says:

    >epiderm cream
    Don’t use aggressive products when you are shaving. That could easily be the reason.
    Personally I don’t use any after shaves either, just go with your normal everyday moisturizer instead. Many aftershaves are very aggressive with your skin, especially shit with loads of additives like the """cooling""" effect one you posted. Avoid anything that’s scented as well. As long as you don’t use dirty razors you really just do not need any of the disinfecting bullshit additives they add, all it does is irritate your skin.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Everyone’s skin is different. What works for one person will not necessarily work for the next. Skincare is complicated as heck.

    What absolutely always applies is that you want to stress your skin as little as possible. Don’t do anything stressful before shaving, like exfoliating, shave with as little pressure as possible and against the grain if you don’t require a super close shave, use a good moisturizer afterwards.
    If an ingredient serves no actual purpose it doesn’t belong in your skincare routine. Like the cooling bullshit and chamomile from your aftershave balm. Absolutely never buy products that advertise themselves like that.
    All you can do, short of visiting a high class derm and paying them to do a full on analysis of your skin, is experimenting with different products until you find something that works for you.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I have sensitive skin and I found electric razors awful
    I use a DE razor and shave once with the grain and once across, never against

  8. Anonymous says:

    Same issue as you. I use the Nivea sensitive stuff and the foam like you’ve posted. I use a double edge razor. Get rid of that Gillette cartridge shit. I used cartridges for years, tried Mach 3, Fusion, harry’s etc. and never had a great shave. You can get a cheap wilkinson sword handle for something like £20 and 100 razors for £10. It is lightyears better

    • Anonymous says:

      How close of a shave does it give compared to Philips Oneblade?

      With OneBlade I have visible stubble after like 4 hours.

  9. Anonymous says:

    How old are you? I had the same issue until I got to be around 22. From there on it didn’t matter what I’d shave with. Shampoo or random soap for foam and cheapest BIC razor. It made no difference.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *