I've been using the soap and oil for about 2 years now. My skin always became irritated when shaving, but washing with the soap immediately after shaving takes care of that issue. Also keeps my face from drying out and having slight red blotchy areas. I mainly use the oil to help heal cuts, or spot treat extra dry skin, but I have used it on incisions from minor surgeries to assist in the healing process. I recently learned that using it on areas that itch (usually my forearms) as a result of rubbing against pine trees and other trees/bushes, greatly reduces the itching and swelling. I've tried cortisone creams and calamine lotion, but for me, the sea buckthorn oil works better.