Hi there, another lurker finally joining.
I've been shaving with a brush and soap since I was 14; before that I'd get irritations with canned foam. Since then, it's been a slow trickle of improvements over my technique, until 2 months ago I ditched my Mach 3, bought a Merkur HD, and started reading B&B. Much quicker progress now!
Anyway, one thing I wanted to share: last winter, my third in NYC, I decided it was time to take moisturizing my face seriously. I got respected products, and following the conventional wisdom, started on a routine of daily cleansing and moisturizing. Applying moisturizer at night did wonders for my neck, which had always suffered from ingrown hairs. However, I also noticed a little reddening of my moustache area. No itch, just a few very subtle red splotches that I could see only close to the mirror.
After switching to the DE, I don't get irritation in my neck, even if I forgo moisturizer at night The redness is my last dissatisfaction. I've tried different creams, shea butter, rosehip and jojoba oils, with no results.
A while ago I caught a post in B&B talking about avoiding the daily facial cleansing, since it strips away your skin's oils, and throws it into production of extra oil. I wondered if moisturizing could have a symmetric effect, ie. inhibit the natural secretion of oils.
I've been experimenting with reducing my skin care routine, and putting my shave at night to avoid the drying office AC right after shaving, and things are getting better. Now I don't use cleanser on my face, just let the shower do its thing, and periodically use the Nancy Boy replenishing mask. After shaving, at night, I just splash Thayers Rose Witch Hazel. In the morning, a tiny bit of moisturizer to combat that damn AC.
With this reduced routine, I find my skin seems to recover more quickly from breakouts, nicks or irritations (which don't happen often these days ), and the red splotches seem to be dwindling.
Just wondering if others have found reducing the skin care routine effective.
Thanks B&B for all that accumulated wisdom an camaraderie.