Just want to say thank you for all your help. It has been a bumpy road. For what its worth to other newbie’s, I wanted to share my story. I started out practicing my preshave prep with my M3. Once I had that down to my satisfaction I went out and bought myself a Mekur Vision. I Love this razor! It has treated me very well since Day 1; although I did follow the advice of you fine gentlemen and kept it dialed down. I used Murkur blades to hone down technique and find out my hair growth. I was getting OK shaves but the blades were not very comfortable (but they are very forgiving), they tugged and pulled. A couple of weeks ago, I got frustrated and blade buffed the areas on the sides of my chin. I had the worst razor burn I have ever seen! I looked like a high school kid stressed out about prom! My razor burn had razor burn! Needless to say it was very embarrassing. I had to take two weeks off from shaving.
I was trying everything under the sun to get rid of the burn, but it would just not go away. Everyday I was using an Alum bar, Shea Butter, aftershave balm, aloe vera gel, Neosporin, face wash, rubbing alcohol, and even toothpaste (a home remedy for blemishes) to no avail. As you can probably tell by my constant pestering of my face, it just got worse.
I went to see a girlfriend of mine who is an esthetician (facial skin specialist). I told her about my story and all she could do was shake her head. She could not believe I had been putting my skin through all of that! She washed my face with a very mild cleanser, and then had me sit with a hot towel over the affected areas of my face. After about 15 minutes she took off the towel and gently tweezed away the puss that had come out. She told me not to shave for a couple of days and to repeat this hot towel and tweezer treatment once or twice a day until my sores healed. It took 4 days after that for my face to get back to almost normal.
During my shaving down time I decided to order a blade sampler pack from www.westcoastshaving.com . After my face healed I tried a couple of the blades. WOW! Gillette’s and Feathers are the best thing since wet shaving on my face! It is really a night and day difference. I can cut through those tough hairs on the sides of my chin with no problem and more importantly, no irritation. No pulling at all like the merkurs. I am a convert, but I know I would not have the success I have been having with these blades, had I not taken the time to hone my technique first with a more forgiving blade. Thank you all very much for the help and advise!
My Setup is now:
Shower (wash face with bar soap, face wash irritated and dried my skin)
Kiehls Pre-shave oil
Cade soap/AOS lavender superlather
Corked Feather or Corked Gillette
Rinse warm then cold
Kiehls brightening toner (let dry then cold rinse)
Kiehls Facial Fuel Moisturizer
I used to have more steps, but found through trial and error that I was just irritating my face by using too many products. I hope this might help someone avoid some of the issues that I encountered. This is truly a great website with a wealth of information. I am a convert for life.
Oh!, and I was able to convert my Father as well. He loves it. Though it feels odd for me to be teaching my Father how to shave :)