Out of curiosity, what has your skin issue been diagnosed as? If it's seborrheic dermatitis, the use of witch hazel will likely not help anything, and may burn. I had to stop wearing a goatee because of seb derm, and with the application of a topical anti-fungal (Xolegel in my case), my case cleared up and has not returned.
In my case, the skin was red, inflamed, irritated and flaky in patches. It also itched something fierce. I suspect that part of the reason that it hasn't returned is because of the frequent renewal of the surface of my face, based on the scraping of the razor.
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