Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 35

Thread: lower neck irritation

  1. #1

    Default lower neck irritation

    For as long as I have been shaving I have been getting a horizontal line of irritation across my lower neck. I have been de shaving for about a month now and I still get it. Is this common? Do I just have to learn to accept this? Its visible all day long.

  2. Default neck

    Don't accept it. A shave should be a pleasant experience. If you are getting any irritation that is an indication something is wrong, What is the direction of growth in that area? Is it getting as much lather as the rest of your face? Are you changing your blade angle when you shave that area?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Metro Detroit
    Posts
    2,524

    Default

    Do you wear a collared shirt?
    Tony :c2:

    I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil.
    - Robert Kennedy

    "I like too many things and get all confused and hung-up running from one falling star to another till i drop. This is the night, what it does to you. I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion."
    - Jack Kerouac

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    CT, USA
    Posts
    22,381
    Images
    1

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Ltltony View Post
    Do you wear a collared shirt?
    '


    +1... it sounds like maybe your collar is too tight and causing irritation due to friction and/or your skin is reacting to your laundry soap/ fabric softener / drier sheets / etc.
    -- Richard, Czar of Cheddar

  5. #5
    Thread Starter

    Default

    I do not wear a collar shirt. Only t-shirts.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Metro Detroit
    Posts
    2,524

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Josh123 View Post
    I do not wear a collar shirt. Only t-shirts.
    Hmmmm quite the conundrum then.
    Tony :c2:

    I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil.
    - Robert Kennedy

    "I like too many things and get all confused and hung-up running from one falling star to another till i drop. This is the night, what it does to you. I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion."
    - Jack Kerouac

  7. #7

    Default

    I had a similar problem until I did a very careful analysis of just how my beard grows. I only shave WTG or XTG in a certain direction otherwise it's just like back when I used cartridges. Let your beard grow out for a few days and check it out.
    You might not like what you find. (That doesn't really make much sense, I just always wanted to say that )

  8. #8

    Default

    I had the same problem too, and I was able to solve it by correcting my blade angle.

    When I shave my neck, I use a very forgiving angle, to the point it almost doesnt seem like it would shave - but it does. I've also noticed, the more forgiving of an angle, the more pressure you can use.

    Aggressive Angle + No Pressure = OK for 90% of my face.
    Aggressive Angle + Pressure = OK for my cheeks/sideburns. VERY close shave, be careful.

    Forgiving Angle + No pressure = Gentle, light shave. I do this for the first pass on my neck.
    Forgiving Angle + Pressure = Gentle, but shaves more. Not as close as aggressive, but no nicks or weepers. This is how I do my neck.

    Once I get it comfortably shaven, I go back to the stubbly areas with a forgiving angle, and gently make the angle a tiny bit more aggressive to where it cuts the stubble, but I don't feel a drag or pull. If you feel any hair being cut, let off the angle just a touch until the pulling stops and the shave is smooth.
    "[I][COLOR="Brown"][B]Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.[/i][/B][/COLOR]"
    [COLOR="DimGray"] - Henry David Thoreau[/COLOR]
    [B][COLOR="RoyalBlue"]SOTD: Merkur HD | Derby | TOBS Avocado |Floid Italian[/COLOR][/B]

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Lemonworld
    Posts
    6,968
    Images
    58

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Silb3r View Post
    I had a similar problem until I did a very careful analysis of just how my beard grows. I only shave WTG or XTG in a certain direction otherwise it's just like back when I used cartridges. Let your beard grow out for a few days and check it out.
    You might not like what you find. (That doesn't really make much sense, I just always wanted to say that )

    +1

    From reading posts when I first started DE shaving, most men's neck hair grows in different directions. I never thought about it. If you were to draw a horizontal line across the Adam's apple, the hair above it grows in one direction and usually, the hair below it grows in the opposite direction.

    For me, the hair above grows N-S and the hair below grows S-N. When I first started, I would shave the whole neck N-S. That meant the lower area of my neck would always give me terrible irritation. Now I know to shave that little area S-N and no more irritation. Give it a try.

  10. #10
    Thread Starter

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by stevensj2 View Post

    Aggressive Angle + No Pressure = OK for 90% of my face.
    Aggressive Angle + Pressure = OK for my cheeks/sideburns. VERY close shave, be careful.

    Forgiving Angle + No pressure = Gentle, light shave. I do this for the first pass on my neck.
    Forgiving Angle + Pressure = Gentle, but shaves more. Not as close as aggressive, but no nicks or weepers. This is how I do my neck.
    Forgiving is with the grain? Aggressive against?

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    DeLand, FL
    Posts
    5,661
    Images
    15

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Josh123 View Post
    Forgiving is with the grain? Aggressive against?
    Yes.

    -- John Gehman

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Columbus, OH
    Posts
    225

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Josh123 View Post
    Forgiving is with the grain? Aggressive against?
    A forgiving angle will have the blade more parallel to the skin than normal.

    An aggressive angle would have the blade at a steeper angle toward the skin.
    Dave - This space for rent, inquire via PM

  13. #13

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Josh123 View Post
    Forgiving is with the grain? Aggressive against?
    No. Sorry for the poor wording (I was literally staring at my post for a matter of seconds trying to figure out the correct words ).

    Here is a simple diagram to try and explain what I mean (sorry for the large size).

    The graph shows the relative closeness of the shave in regards to angle and pressure, as well as how the risk for irritation increases depending on angle and pressure.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails shave.jpg  
    Last edited by stevensj2; 03-06-2008 at 06:33 PM.
    "[I][COLOR="Brown"][B]Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.[/i][/B][/COLOR]"
    [COLOR="DimGray"] - Henry David Thoreau[/COLOR]
    [B][COLOR="RoyalBlue"]SOTD: Merkur HD | Derby | TOBS Avocado |Floid Italian[/COLOR][/B]

  14. Default irritation

    Are you shaving right up to the lather line? If the razor strays over to unlathered skin, even a silly millimeter or two, you are dry-shaving that strip and will get irritation. Just a thought.

  15. #15

    Default

    dude i have that same growth problem, although no matter what angle or direction i always get irritated

  16. #16
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Murray, Utah
    Posts
    364

    Default

    I spent a little bit of time trying to figure out the direction of the growth on my face. Once I figured out the directions, I sketched it all out on a paper. Being able to see it on paper made me realize what I was doing wrong. (All N-S on my neck) Now, I'm starting to get better shaves without the irritation that I had been having.

  17. #17
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Nashville, TN
    Posts
    99

    Default

    stevensj2-- I admire your diagramming efforts , but haven't you switched aggressive and forgiving on the top right?

  18. #18
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Sydney, Australia
    Posts
    13,774
    Images
    11

    Default

    happened to me too. took me ages to figure it out. hair changes directions 180 degrees! (and goes in a little circle near the adams apple).

    +1 on the sketch robertw, saved me irritation too.

  19. #19
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    NW Florida (Hurricane Alley)
    Posts
    145

    Default

    I had the same problem and nearly quit using a DE. Then I read Kyle's prep process and started using it. I also figured out my hair growth direction and started following it. Finally, I also determined that my blade angle was too aggressive and I was tending to apply to much pressure on my lower neck. It can't be stressed enough that the lower neck area is prone to razor burn and must be treated very gently.

    One suggestion - get a bottle of Thayer's witch hazel and use it after every shave. This is wonderful stuff which really takes the sting out of razor burn. I've got the rose scented one and I really like it. You can find it on-line or at a local health food shop. To use it, you apply it like an aftershave over your whole face and you can also put it on a cotton swab and dab it onto the more affected areas. This can be followed by an aftershave balm.

    Just use good prep, pay close attention to your shaving method, and use witch hazel.

    Hang in there, take your time, and have fun.
    Daryll :cool:
    "To make soap, first we render fat."

  20. #20

    Default

    I am interested to see if stevensj2's chart is opposite like Scruff pointed out or not? Any insight?

Similar Threads

  1. lower neck
    By bama_patrick in forum Shave Clinic & Newbie Check-In
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 11-15-2010, 08:11 AM
  2. Laser out lower neck hair
    By thick_n_sensi in forum Shave Clinic & Newbie Check-In
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 11-10-2010, 05:44 AM
  3. Lower Neck Hairs
    By roboboticus in forum General Shaving Discussion
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 09-15-2010, 12:12 AM
  4. Shaving Issue - lower neck
    By SUNA in forum Shave Clinic & Newbie Check-In
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 06-01-2010, 06:54 PM
  5. Skinning myself on the lower neck
    By Qualin in forum General Shaving Discussion
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 09-04-2009, 05:43 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
By accessing Badger & Blade, you agree to abide by the Terms of Usage. You can find our Privacy Policy here.
Once submitted, any posts, images, or content become the property of Badger & Blade.
Powered by vBulletin® - Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.