Good evening Gentlemen,
I 've recently become able to avail myself of the best grooming aids currently available, but with so many choices, I'm not sure where to begin. Here are my current issues, esp. w/ shaving as an African-American man:
1.Pseudofoliculitis: Razor bumps, etc., though the problem isn't as prevelent as it was in the past.
2.Combination Skin: Oily T-Zone, dry cheeks and chin.
3.Discoloration: No definition necessary here.
I've seen a few dermatologists, but most of them seem more interested in "pushing" the latest product from their most recent cosmeceutical co.-sponsored junket than actually helping me achieve flawless(yep, men use that word, too!) skin. Any informed suggestions would be most appreciated.
One Note: I used this particular title because A-A skin is actually thicker than that of other ethnicites(insert "it would have to be, considering", joke HERE) and, of course, not all products work for all skin textures, etc., but make no mistake that as gentlemen, we are, of course our own...breed("Grand Hotel" plays in bckgrnd), and come from all over. So, with that said, place your razors in their holsters and let the responses begin!!!:icon_cheers:
 

DukeGrad

Super Member
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PFB

My friend

It is called Pseudo Follicular Barbae, and not that hard to care for. Many options for a black man starting with creams These can cause a burn.
I recommend good knowledge of your beard.
Soft brush before shaving.
Run it on your face.
This will pull the hairs out.
A nice cream shave gel.
Shave every 2-4 days, depending on beard.
And use a good lotion. The secret is knowing your beard growth, and then working with it.
There are various degrees of PFB, some severe enough where people require gels with anitbiotics, and creams.
Again, not difficult to mange.
Nice day
Other things you can do is brush your hair on non shaving days.
Good day
 
My friend

It is called Pseudo Follicular Barbae, and not that hard to care for. Many options for a black man starting with creams These can cause a burn.
I recommend good knowledge of your beard.
Soft brush before shaving.
Run it on your face.
This will pull the hairs out.
A nice cream shave gel.
Shave every 2-4 days, depending on beard.
And use a good lotion. The secret is knowing your beard growth, and then working with it.
There are various degrees of PFB, some severe enough where people require gels with anitbiotics, and creams.
Again, not difficult to mange.
Nice day
Other things you can do is brush your hair on non shaving days.
Good day
Thanks, DG! Would you recommend The Art Of Shaving, Trumper's, etc., or do you think that they're just overpriced, overadvertised schlock? I've noticed that when I shave downwards and forwards, I get fewer bumps, though I'll definately take all of your suggestions under advisement. Thanks agan.
 

TXLAW

Starting Member
24
There are a couple of things that have worked for me. Try shaving with Barber clippers like Wahl or Andis. The T-Outliner is great for this. I don't know if you have the clusters of small razor bumps or larger more pronounced bumps. The only downside is that you don't get a really smooth shave unless you stay on top of keeping the clippers sharp and change them every couple of months. The other thing to try is to apply hot water to the face right before shaving. To treat any hairs that are causing problems before the bump forms, have somebody use a tweezer and pull them out one by one. Best of luck.

Hook 'em horns!
 
There are a couple of things that have worked for me. Try shaving with Barber clippers like Wahl or Andis. The T-Outliner is great for this. I don't know if you have the clusters of small razor bumps or larger more pronounced bumps. The only downside is that you don't get a really smooth shave unless you stay on top of keeping the clippers sharp and change them every couple of months. The other thing to try is to apply hot water to the face right before shaving. To treat any hairs that are causing problems before the bump forms, have somebody use a tweezer and pull them out one by one. Best of luck.

Hook 'em horns!
Thanks, I like that advice. Maybe my problem's not as severe as I thought. I get the smaller bumps, btw. Take care.
 

Johnnie27

Starting Member
21
Hi-

Though I'm not familar with African-American skin I do know several fellas have switched over to wet shaving and has seen excellent results. Yes, Trumpers, AOS and Truefitt and Hill are much better for your skin than any gel. You may also want to learn to use a double edge safety razor. After you get the hang of it, they are much easier on your skin and way less expensive that multi-blade carts. They are also much better for ingrowns hair.

If you like to learn more you can visit www.shavemyface.com/forum. I'm actuallty one of the administrator so if you have any questions please feel free to let me know.

Here's are a few threads that may be informative for you.

http://www.shavemyface.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=295&highlight=african

http://www.shavemyface.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=915&highlight=african

http://www.shavemyface.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6834&highlight=african

http://www.shavemyface.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1936&highlight=african

Hope that helps,

Johnnie
 
Hi-

Though I'm not familar with African-American skin I do know several fellas have switched over to wet shaving and has seen excellent results. Yes, Trumpers, AOS and Truefitt and Hill are much better for your skin than any gel. You may also want to learn to use a double edge safety razor. After you get the hang of it, they are much easier on your skin and way less expensive that multi-blade carts. They are also much better for ingrowns hair.

If you like to learn more you can visit www.shavemyface.com/forum. I'm actuallty one of the administrator so if you have any questions please feel free to let me know.

Here's are a few threads that may be informative for you.

http://www.shavemyface.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=295&highlight=african

http://www.shavemyface.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=915&highlight=african

http://www.shavemyface.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6834&highlight=african

http://www.shavemyface.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1936&highlight=african

Hope that helps,

Johnnie
It does help! Tremendously. what are your thoughts concerning barbers' shaves v. the at-home variety. Come to think of it, the guys at the barber's do seem to have fewer bumps. Why is that, or is that just my imagination? If it's true, why so? all of this information...why don't they put this stuff in the "men's" magazines. I might actually find them useful if they did. Even the A-A-themed publications don't have it. Oy...
 

Johnnie27

Starting Member
21
Hey-

If you're referring to a barber shave as using a straight razor, there are many reasons why it's better. You don't have multiple blades digging in your face causing ingrown hair, the shaving brush helps lift up the hair and makes it easier to cut and most importantly is the preperation prior to shaving. You want to make sure your beard is nice and soft. You can achieve this by either shaving in the shower or using hot towels and hot water on your face prior to shaving. You want to keep your face wet while shaving with warm/hot water. Personally I would use a straight razor until you clear up some of the bumps. I'm sure every man is different but it you get the right equipment, I'm sure you will start noticing a difference in the quality of your skin.

As soon as I can find it I'll give you a link to a website which may be helpful.

J
 
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