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Facial Shaving and Cycling, Impossible?

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Pierce

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Jul 3 2013 at 3:46pm #

I think I know at least Ian, Mick, and John seem to be always clean shaven, so I suppose it is possible, but I’m not quite sure how it works

I have a double-edged safety razor, a (vegan) brush and soap, but I still end up with irritation and those little pimples where my chin strap is

This is even like if I shave the day before, if I cycle the next day, the chin strap area will be annoyed

What do you guys think? Technique problem?

Historically, I just cut my chin hair really short, but now I may be getting into arenas where a more refined look could be beneficial


Italianblend

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Jul 3 2013 at 4:41pm #

I thought you meant you were going to shave while biking. You would definately need an electric razor for that.

I’m sorry you have this problem. It’s never been an issue for me. I shave every 6 days but I never had any irritation from riding.


Mick

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Jul 3 2013 at 4:50pm #

I’v never had irritation from a helmet strap. If I did, I would probably stop wearing a helmet.


reddan

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Jul 3 2013 at 7:38pm #

I’v never had irritation from a helmet strap. If I did, I would probably stop wearing a helmet.

Same here. My skin is terrible, but I’ve never had more problems under the strap than anywhere else.

Maybe try cleaning the strap itself with soapy water, cut back on the grime being rubbed into your skin?


jonawebb

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Jul 3 2013 at 8:01pm #

You may have developed an allergy to something in the strap or even the strap material itself. Try using a different helmet to see if it makes a difference.


mr marvelous

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Jul 3 2013 at 8:09pm #

Both suggestions are good ones. I was just reading a blog about leather helmet straps that are easier to clean and more hygienic. I clean my straps every few months I’m surprised how much dirt comes out of them.


gg

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Jul 3 2013 at 8:19pm #

No helmet, no problem. Are you shaving after you shower? That was the key for me as far as having a perfectly smooth face.


Marko82

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Jul 3 2013 at 8:23pm #

I rinse my helmet just about every day in the summer. I just put it under the faucet in the kitchen sink, then press on the pads to get most of the water out, I don’t remove them. Then I hang it on a hook on the covered side porch & its usually dry in a few hours. I mostly do this to get all that salt from sweating out of it & preventing it from getting smelly.


Marko82

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Jul 3 2013 at 8:38pm #

^ I also suggest shaving IN the shower & shaving every day. I find this to be the best way to avoid ingrown hairs and irritation.


cburch

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Jul 3 2013 at 11:43pm #

Shaving is dumb.


StuInMcCandless

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Jul 4 2013 at 5:19am #

I’ve had the problem of developing a huge zit right under the strap, but more often with a lot of motorcycle riding than bicycling. I never did figure out a cause-and-effect relationship since it’s so sporadic. Could be soap, could be tightness, could be the heaviness of the larger helmet, could be the ambient air temperature, could be how well I shaved … and on and on. Too many variables.

However it happens, it’s not serious enough of a problem that it keeps me from riding.


stefb

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Jul 4 2013 at 6:08am #

This makes me realize that my helmet is gross and should probably be cleaned at some point.


RustyRed

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Jul 4 2013 at 8:34am #

stefb wrote:This makes me realize that my helmet is gross and should probably be cleaned at some point.

This makes me realize that I should be wearing my chinstrap waaay tighter… I wear mine so loosely that it doesn’t even come close to my jaw.


JustRay

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Jul 5 2013 at 9:51am #

Marko82 wrote:^ I also suggest shaving IN the shower & shaving every day. I find this to be the best way to avoid ingrown hairs and irritation.

This is the true truth. Shaving in the shower works really well. You’ve just got to make sure you do any vision-necessary shaving (trimming sideburns, etc. etc) outside of the shower.

@cburch
That may explain why I haven’t shaved yet this year.


ieverhart

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Jul 8 2013 at 3:11pm #

I’ve had the problem of developing a huge zit right under the strap . . . I never did figure out a cause-and-effect relationship since it’s so sporadic.

This has been pretty much my experience.


Pierce

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Jul 8 2013 at 4:06pm #

Hmm…

Still experimenting myself. Do you guys shave with multiple passes or just one? I read somewhere to shave with the grain, perpendicular to the grain, and finally against the grain. Seems to be less irritated if I just do one pass, which is usually perpendicular the grain.

Try multiple passes yesterday, and paid for it today with a burning sensation around my chinstrap the entire way in.

Might help if I wet the helmet before hand because then the helmet strap isn’t just absorbing sweat


Drewbacca

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Jul 8 2013 at 5:51pm #

Just some tips that I learned in the Navy where daily shaving was mandatory:

The less blades, the better… a double bladed razor is better than a triple.

Electric if possible, but, it takes time to adjust to it. There are two types of electric razor. Rotary will work better for longer hairs and irregular shaving. The Braun style is better for everyday use.

To prevent ingrown hairs, take an old toothbrush and rub your skin with it (with the bristle) in the areas where ingrown hair is common.

It’s best to shave with open pores, such as during or immediately after a shower.

Stick with one pass, if possible… the more passes you make, the more irritation.

Use aftershave. It’s not necessary to use harsh alcohol… a home made mix using witch-hazel or tea-tree-leaf-oil can be effective. Personally, I use a 50/50 mix of water and tea oil.


Lee

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Jul 9 2013 at 9:27pm #

i break out with acne under my jaw if i do too much helmeted riding. always have. i only wear my helmet sporadically for that reason. i don’t mind it at all otherwise. maybe i should try washing the straps after every ride. that doesn’t sound very appealing though.


Benzo

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Jul 10 2013 at 8:50am #

I don’t always shave, but when I do, I use a single bladed safety razor and plain lathered soap. I never really notice any issues.

Usually, I just let my beard grow and it keeps the straps from directly touching my skin.


Mikhail

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Jul 11 2013 at 11:53am #

Benzo wrote:I do, I use a single bladed safety razor and plain lathered soap. I never really notice any issues.

:)


Marko82

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Jul 11 2013 at 12:09pm #

@mikhail, this is my weapon of choice. I don’t use it every day, but I did used it just this morning. (HTFU)


Pierce

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Jul 11 2013 at 2:22pm #

I usually shave after showering (when I do shave, which until this week, has been seldom), yesterday tried doing it in the shower, which worked out okay, but is a little harder because the mirror isn’t as good

Also use a single blade safety razor

Been using my (vegan) soap brush more aggressively before and after to help with any ingrown hairs

Been sticking with one pass, no burning on the ride in today

I think another good trick seems to be to pre-wet the helmet straps that go under my chin. My guess is it helps desalinize the sweat that would normally be absorbed by the helmet or more sweat just drips off because the strap is already saturated


ericf

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Jul 19 2013 at 5:14pm #

@ Pierce,
Have you tried any kind of padding on the strap? Maybe a piece of soft leather, or synthetic chamois (the kind used for drying cars)? Just a thought.

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