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    Razor burn usually suggests you've got your angle wrong. The blade is scraping your skin, rather than slicing your beard. (You're not having this problem with cartridges, as they control their own angle.) Blade choice and prep can also play a part, but I'd bet it's an angle issue.

    Check out Mantic59's channel on YouTube for some great video tutorials to help improve your technique.

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    sorry to start with a question, but what kind of beard prep are you doing, and what kind of pressure are you using to shave?

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    +1 on mantic59's vids. they're a great tool.

    +1 on experimenting with different blades. Merkur, Personna (Israeli, not US made), Derby, Feather, and Gillette Swedish are all worth experimenting with to find the one that works best with your skin. However, be advised: Feathers are some of the sharpest blades out there.

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    Default updated info that i left out.

    wow i hate Mozilla had a response that took me 20 minutes to create.

    This happens when using soap or cream. I use a feather DE on my Merkur Vision. I have a Plisson Badger brush. My pre-shave routine is to soak my face in warm water for 30 seconds followed up with my shaving cream that i had already mixed for 2 minutes. I do a wtg xtg and xtg. rarely do i do a atg. After words ill use a balm gel or splash. after every shower i use lotion without drying my face prior to applying. this is pretty much everything i hope. maybe im pushing to hard. i have to shave today and will skip the wtg. And not push, cant say i remember pushing. in fact i always try to go light. it could be my angle of attach? Thank you so much this far for helping me. im sorry i was gone and couldnt wb as fast.

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    Maybe some more prep work is in order. I find that using some kind of lotion or moisturizer before I lather to add an extra layer of protection. If I apply it right after I get out of the shower, my skin soaks it up some and usually thanks me later because the weather has been really dry where I'm at. That might help you to find the right pressure and gain some consistency and then when you have it figured out you could move on to shaving without the pre lotion. Adding glycerin to your lather adds some cushion/protection, too. Maybe you can find a way to smooth out the blade some. I've considered trying it, but I'm experimenting with other stuff first as I don't really use a DE all that often anymore. I also preferred the dorcos when I was starting out because they were better for my face and not as 'finnicky' as the feathers were when it came to cutting my face up and irritation.

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    feather blades have zero tolerance for bad/poor tequnice. try a milder blade and see if that helps. feathers also don't work well in every razor.

    if i go fast/get sloppy with my feathers they will eat my ass up. go slow and watch your angles. stay away from alcahol after shaves and use 1 or 2 passes for awhile.

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    I would definately not try skipping the wtg...thats your money pass...if your razor is adjustable turn it down to less agressive...and if you can try a new blade...feathers are hell if your technique is not perfect...i like crystals or red pack personnas...try west coast shaving for blades and sample packs...or even the classifieds for help...

    dont give up...once you get it you will love the shave and will have less irritations...

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