This is very unfortunate as I love all of this...restoring brushes, razors, the scents...everything, but I'm losing patience because the results simply aren't there.
I've been at this for 3 months and I know that isn't a very long time...but I have yet to have a shave where I didn't have a rash of red bumps on my neck the next day....hasn't happened once.
I can't imagine my lather could be any better...i've tried everything many times...creams, soaps, uber, super, more water, less water and...anything at all, changed one at a time...nothing changes as far as result of the shave...so I can only assume I'm doing it right when I feel it's yogurty and slick.
I can't use any less pressure...if I do, I won't be touching my face.
I can't make my angle any shallower (I've also tried steeper)...if I do, I'll simply be rubbing lather into my face with the head of the HD.
I've used Merkurs, Derby's, Red Personna's, Lord Platinums, Wilkinson Sword, KAI....always...red bumps.
I only do two passes...I started doing 1 WTG....red bumps...so now I try WTG and an XTG...red bumps. I know my beard grain like the back of my hand after a lot of study. Sometimes they have white-heads....so I got some rubbing alcohol and have been sterilizing my blades before use...no difference.
I try with pre-shave oil...red bumps...without...red bumps. I try alum block...red bumps....no alum block...red bumps.
I stuck with the same kit for weeks...always red bumps. I moved one thing at a time....red bumps. I changed everything...red bumps.
They are not ingrowns...I have my gf inspect them to make sure...I don't know what they are.
Right after the shave, most times it looks perfect....Friday night I thought I had my best shave yet....no burn after, my neck was not red at all immediately after, perfectly clear...and it was pretty close for only a two passer with no ATG....by 3 oclock yesterday....red bumps on my neck on the ride side and on the very lower left side. I simply can't escape them.
It is very, very discouraging....it seems no matter what I do, I always have red bumps on my neck the next day. It's getting to the point where I think this is impossible. I have invested a lot of time into this because I enjoy the entiretly of it...but soon enough (I'm a student) I'm going to need to look presentable...and can't have these red bumps all over my neck...not to mention I have to wait days in between shaves so that they can heal.
I really don't know what to do next. But I think unfortunately I'm running out of patience.
He who desires nothing, has everything.