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Hi Scarleteen! Ok, so this is a two-part discussion post: one about facial hair, one about pubic hair (I'm a guy). It's going to be a big post so I apologize in advance.

I've been shaving my face for a few years now, but a couple of days after shaving, my face has always broken out with zits (I was using a Gillette Mach 3 and Gillette shaving gel for sensitive skin). And just recently, I changed to a shave gel that had oatmeal in it, and my upper lip-area started burning.

I've also heard that shaving against the grain leads to in-grown hairs (and zits). And that single-blade razors are better for the skin.

So, for this first part, I have three questions: 1) what is a good way to get a close shave without getting zits? 2) what is a good shave cream/gel that won't irritate my skin? And 3) what is a good razor to use?

Part 2. I recently decided to cut my pubic hair for the first time. Taking someone's advice, I decided to trim it first, shave later. I've trimmed most of it (using a pair of scissors), but there are a few areas that I can't reach (the "landing strip" and near the buttocks).

Also, I want to actually shave it so it's completely clean, but I don't know how to do it. So, for this, I have another three questions: 1) how do I get to these hard-to-reach areas? 2) what shaving technique can I use that will get me the closest shave possible without irritation or zit outbreaks? And 3) what is a good razor and cream/gel to use for shaving?

Also, side note: one of the people I tried asking for advice regarding the pubic shaving said I was breaking "guy code" by talking about my genital region. Was I breaking some rule by doing that?

Thank you all for reading this and I appreciate all help. Thank you again!!!

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Hi PurpleShore [Smile] In general, Scarleteen doesn't encourage discussions about shaving as it is considered to be a cosmetic alteration, rather than related to sexuality and sexual health. Here's a link to the shaving FAQ's thread, which may answer some of your questions:

I'm a woman but I don't think you are breaking any "guy code" by talking about your genitals. Perhaps what that person meant was that they personally weren't comfortable discussing those issues? There are plenty of men who do feel comfortable talking about these things though.

"Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation and that is an act of political warfare."

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