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    Default Any luck with Personna cartridge style razor?

    Hi guys,

    I've been shaving with a safety razor for quite some time now, and really enjoying it. I've been having issues with bumps appearing on my skin by the end of the day, which might be new hair growth, Im not sure.

    I recently switched back tot eh Bic three blader I had with a fresh cartridge, and it was terrible! It used to feel quite good, but I may just be used to the DE now.

    Has anyone had any luck with a Gillette trac 2 or similar personna cartridge style? The blades are less than the Mach 3, although Ive heard the personnas arent that great. This would be the only cartridge style id consider now, if I were to switch because of the bump issue.

    Thanks

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    I don't know what to tell you here. We have a few folks who use cartridge type systems but for the most part guys use DEs in whole or in part. If you think you are OK with your prep the other issue can be (not knowing how old you are) sometimes you skin can change over the years so that's another thing to consider.

    I'm sure someone will come along with better advice.
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    Hello, ryan2022:

    I dare say you likely will have more bumps by using multi-blade razors than with the double edge safety razor. Obviously I am not familiar with your shaving routine. I can only suggest to go back to the double edge safety razor and try to improve the following: preparation, shave technique and post shave routine. Perhaps you should also try different blades. By the way, what is your shave routine? What model double edge razor were you using? How often did you change blades? Those should do for now.

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    I agree with Obie. The inherent problem with the multi-blade razors is that the gaps between the blades get filled up so quickly and this drastically alters their performance. You should get a better, and less irritated, shave from the DE. I suspect you have a problem with either your blades or your prep. Some places sample packs of DE razors. You might want to try finding one of those to see if a particular blade works better for your face. It is quite surprising how different companies' blades can feel.
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    Hey Ryan,
    I've got to agree with the predecessors here...My experience was just the opposite of yours. Razor bumps (ingrown hairs mainly) faded within a week or so of consistent shaving with a good blade (DE and/or Straight). They come back if I skip a shave, or if I push the blade too far (use too much). For me it's a quick indicator that the blade's gone dull if razor bumps start showing up...and that MAY be your problem here.

    Shoot us some more info and we'll see if we can't help you figure things out.

    Peace,

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    Thanks guys.

    Obie, I finally ditched the 91R, and have been using a Shick Krona with great results.

    REally I have no issues other than the bumps that start appreaing when I'm due for another shave.

    I was wondering about trying a Trac 2 style cartridge, but have held back, because DE shaving is so inexpensive!

    I'm going to keep at it. I have a feeling as I get more comfortable with it, I've slacked off on my prep.... Shick Krona, feather blade. Proraso soap, with hot water, followed by Alum block and either after shave or balm...man, I could go for one right now.

    Ryan

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    Hello, ryan:

    Good show. Here are some thoughts on using the double edge:

    1. Try not to go over two strokes in the same spot.
    2. Keep the pressure feather light.
    3. Avoid going against the grain as much as possible.
    4. Shave with the grain and, if you need to, across the grain.
    5. On your neck, go with the grain only — for now. Later you can try across the grain.
    6. Map out your face and the direction in which the hairs grow.
    7. Be especially extravagant with your preparation.
    8. Use a nice aftershave balm, preferably non-alcoholic until everything heals.

    Good luck.

    Regards,

    Obie

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    Thanks Obie. I was actually thinking about introducing some Witch hazel more often too. I'm wondering if my balm might be casuing it.

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    Ryan:

    You are welcome.

    The balm could be the problem. Witch hazel is a grand idea. After the shave and the cold water rinse I always apply Thayer's Super Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera. It has no fragrance that I can detect, and I've found it to be the best of the witch hazel brands and varieties I have tried.

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