Well to be honest with y’all…I’ve graduated to using an epilator. Why? Spending way too much time and money shaving and buying razors.
But to get to why I started shaving to begin with. Well, I’m an 8-year spinal injury patient, and if you don’t know anything about spinal injuries, there’s one thing that is a bitch. You don’t sweat below the level of your injury. Therefore you skin below that area is very dry and for some reason breaks out easily with achne. Must be something to do with the skin not being able to wash away the lingering dirt and grime with normal prespiration.
Anyway, my spinal injury is C6-C7. That’s right above the shoulder. By comparison, Christopher Reeve’s injury was like C2-C3. That’s high up, right below the brain stem. But mine, being lower, I was fortunate to only get what they call an ‘incomplete’ break. Meaning that the cord isn’t severed…just traumatized and bruised quite a bit. So once the swelling went down, I started regaining usage below that. But there was enough damage that I didn’t recover fully. Yeah, even now, my life’s pretty much fucked up.
Well, to get back to the shaving thing, I was breaking out in whiteheads constantly and of course I’d pop them and then the resulting wound would fester and widen as it’d try to scab over and such. With a full body of hair, I couldn’t do anything about these things. No matter how much ointment, achne cream, I’d put on them, nothing worked. Ironically, I cut the shit out of my left elbow in my accident and it wouldn’t heal up for the same reason. So one day, I decided to shave the hair off of my elbow, and wouldn’t you know, my elbow healed up within about a weel. So I thought…Hmmm…maybe if I shave the hair of all these zits, they may heal up too. So that’s about when I started basically shaving my entire body. Why my entire body? Well, as has been discussed here, is if you shave one body part, but still have your normal hair growth on another, it doesn’t look right. So I just shaved my entire body…including arms, legs, stomach, chest, ass, and pubic area (just for fun, if you know what I mean).
Well, after about a year and a half of shaving, buying dozens of Mach 3 varients, I decided I had had enough and started looking for alternatives. I found that the new generation of epilators seem to do the job and well. So I bought one back in early November and I’m real happy with it. My skin is pretty much hair free for weeks. I touch up nearly dairly as the sparse cyclic regrowth comes back, but for the most part, it beats the hell out of shaving every day.