Panasonic Electric Shaver and Trimmer for Men, ES8243A ARC4, Wet/Dry with 4 Blades and Flexible Pivoting Head

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  • Sept. 14, 2013 First Seen Review Date
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Discussion and Reviews on Reddit

Plagued with mustache pimples for months on end. [Help!] [R]

1 year, 4 months agoMuyGalan posted submission on wicked_edge.
March 3, 2019

I'm a 32 year man who has essentially used Gillette Razors my entire life. Circa 2016 I noticed that when shaving my mustache, I would get many cuts while shaving, resulting in irritation and a bloody experience. Pimples began popping up shortly after each shave as well.

In 2017 I purchase my first [Panasonic Electric Shaver]( and it was a godsend (at first.) Smooth shave, no more cuts or breakouts. A few months ago (October 2018) my previous problems began to resurface: shaving cuts, blood, and insistent pus-filled pimples. [See photo](

I recently purchased an Inner Blade and Outer Foil Set replacement set for my Panasonic—assuming my blades were going bad—and I'm still encountering the same issue. I'm left with now blood scabs after each shave and pimples that manifest sometimes within a matter or hours to the next day. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Additional details:

• I'm using [Van Der Hagen Shave Butter](

• I normally shower post-shave. I use Noxema face wash or Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser
• My skin gets very dry around mustache and shaving areas; I use Cetaphil moisturizer for my entire face.
• I'm not using any aftershave.
• I have tried using Witch Hazel in the past and it was mildly effective.
• I do not have a beard.

Electric shaver help [R]

2 years, 7 months agobabygorilla90 posted submission on bald.
Nov. 27, 2017

My brother has been buzzing his hair with no guard and is wanting to take the plunge to full shave. I want to gift him a shaver for Xmas, do you have any suggestions? Thanks in advance

2 years, 7 months agobabygorilla90 posted comment on bald.
Nov. 28, 2017

Panasonic make good ones. The foil shavers like this you can use in the shower with shave cream. Sometimes just using them dry can cause some irritation (sometimes not) because they do provide a very close shave.

[Product Question] what razor is the best for shaving? [R]

3 years agoJuly 2, 2017

i'm only willing to buy them from the drugstore. i think i may have heard that disposable ones are good, but that doesn't seem right. could i be mistaken?

which razors do you guys recommend that are fairly soothing for shaving your legs? i get ingrown hairs easily.

3 years agoCardiscappa posted on SkincareAddiction.
July 2, 2017

Men's electric shaver:

I can't use a razor because the razor burn is so bad it leaves scars. I got an electric shaver and then moved on to at home hair removal:

Electric shaver for a smooth head shave (alopecia) [R]

3 years, 1 month agobabygorilla90 posted submission on bald.
May 23, 2017

Hey I have alopecia, which makes my hair fall off. However, I do have a few small patches on my head that I HAVE TO shave daily to not look like a rat.

I've used the Philips Headgroom before, which worked well but the foil broke twice which made it cut my skin. Today I use a safety razor which is really close and smooth, but it takes a while and leaves my skin a bit irritated.

Now I'm looking for the BEST available shaver (electric) for my head. I want it to give as close shave as possible so that the shadow of my hairy patches will not be clearly visible.

I've been looking into the Bald Eagle, but it seems like the battery/motor sucks and breaks down after a few months, according to reviews?

I've also looked into the Philips OneBlade and TurnRaise 5 blade rotary shaver. Anyone tried this?

Please, recommend me some products!!


3 years, 1 month agobabygorilla90 posted on bald.
May 23, 2017

Forget all that Philips gimmicky bull** trust me. The best shavers as far a electrical goes are made by Panasonic. Here are a few suggestions.

Now they can be a little louder than your Philips but that's because they are more powerful.

How many of you fellow bald men (or women) prefer electric shavers over razors? [R]

3 years, 2 months agoneoookami posted submission on bald.
April 24, 2017

I've been thinking about getting one. Ive primarily been looking at the bald eagle. I don't mind shaving but my hair grows really fast, even though I'm losing hair. If I shave at six a.m. I have stubble by one p.m. I love how my head feels after a clean shave and want to keep that feeling all day.

3 years, 2 months agoneoookami posted on bald.
April 25, 2017

A foil shaver can get you pretty close. I use a Panasonic Arc4 and it does the job pretty well, and much harder to accidentally nick myself. It's water proof so I just use it in the shower every other day and keep myself fairly smooth.

Electric razors on bald heads? [R]

3 years, 3 months agoneoookami posted submission on bald.
March 18, 2017

I've been shaving my head with a disposable razor, which works fine, but I wonder about using an electric razor daily to keep it clean looking. My husband's rotary Norelco doesn't cut it. Would a straight-line set up like Braun do the trick? Anyone have any tips?

3 years, 3 months agoneoookami posted on bald.
March 18, 2017

I've been really happy with this one in particular:

Best electric shavers for men? [R]

3 years, 8 months agohaley_joel_osteen posted submission on AskMenOver30.
Oct. 13, 2016

My current shaver is dying out, it needs to stay on the charger to run so I'm assuming it is a battery thing. I could replace the battery, but I'm ready to move on. I'm looking for something that can give a quick, close shave. I do shave daily and prefer a clean shaven look. I'd like to cut down on the shave time and the "man, how did that get missed" factor when I look in the mirror. I do have a shaver guy from an online store I asked for advice last time, and he gave me this one. I'm wondering if there are any "Cadillac of electric shavers" out there that will give me what I need?

3 years, 8 months agohaley_joel_osteen posted on AskMenOver30.
Oct. 13, 2016

I bought this Panasonic (Arc4) in 2010, liked it so much I bought the exact same one last year when the cutter/foil needed replacing:

Looks like there is now an Arc5, you might want to check that one out.

Article content is irrelevant, but I am El Famoso now. Top featured picture. Also, I sense your jealousy towards my brilliant microphone cord routing. [R]

4 years, 1 month agoTotallyNotanOfficer posted submission on ProtectAndServe.
May 20, 2016
4 years, 1 month agoTotallyNotanOfficer posted on ProtectAndServe.
May 20, 2016

> Panasonic Arc 4 shaver

I've got the link to the Panasonic Page for the Shaver.

Around $90-130, 4 blade cutting system, head of razor appears to pivot significantly, wet/dry applicable, is 100% washable, appears to have some form of vibrating cleaning mechanism, something about nanotechnology or some other bullshit, 30 degree inner blades to help cut hair at its source. 2 or 3 year protection plans at $9.99, and $14.99 respectively.

Going on Amazon and coming in at $90-102, with a star rating of 4.5 stars out of 5, with 69% being 5 star rated, 17% at 4 star rating, 6% at 3 star, and 4% for both 2/1 stars.

So the chance of it being very good, if we go by Amazon's ratings is an 86%, and a decent/mediocre shaver is a 14% chance. (This is out of a current 1982 reviews.)

So statistically speaking, it appears good...Might actually look at getting it myself, since I can barely handle 3 inch hair at 75 degrees without feeling hot. (I was shooting for hair down to my shoulders, Note to self: fuck that.)

[LPT Request] Avoid Razorburn [R]

5 years, 1 month agohowlingatmyownmoon posted submission on LifeProTips.
May 25, 2015

I'm a guy, and shaving my neck is especially difficult to do without being covered in bumps for a couple days. Any tips?

5 years, 1 month agohowlingatmyownmoon posted on LifeProTips.
May 25, 2015

Try using a high quality electric razor. I had the same issue once I graduated from college and started shaving everyday. The razor burn looked terrible and was so painful. I invested in a quality electric, [this one actually] ( It has given me 4+ years of flawless service so far, and no more pain. I can shave every day and have no problems with razorburn. For me it works best when the skin is totally dry, any dampness increases friction and makes the shave worse. I use it before I shower, but if it is very humid or hot and I am a even a little bit sweaty, I point a fan at my face to dry my skin as I shave. This product was kind of a miracle for me, and I consider it some of the best money that I've ever spent. Good luck!

Help with facial hair >.< [R]

5 years, 11 months agoJuly 18, 2014


5 years, 11 months agoF32T8 posted on feminineboys.
July 18, 2014

My skin really dosen't like shaving either, and once I got to the point of shaving every day or looking like a bum I had to figure something out. I was always slicing myself or leaving skin irritation. I've been using this panasonic shaver for a couple years now and I think as good as it gets for me. The foils are very thin and it makes for a decent shave without all the abuse to your skin of dragging a blade over it. I usually shave dry after using a face wash to get all the oil and stuff off, but wet works too. I know it is expensive, but I am very happy I spent the money on it. I usually replace the foils about once a year, cost wise I think its cheaper than buying blades all the time anyway.

Electric shavers without trimmers? [R]

6 years, 9 months agozoso59brst posted submission on malegrooming.
Sept. 13, 2013

My old Phillips rotary head has packed up on me so I'm looking to buy a new one. The trouble is, a lot of the ones I see on Amazon only have the shaving heads and no trimmer. I always used the trimmer to cut my beard down to a manageable length first, cause otherwise it would pull on the hair and hurt like a bitch. I can't be the only person with this problem, what does everyone else do?

6 years, 9 months agozoso59brst posted on malegrooming.
Sept. 14, 2013

I had the same issue and just picked up this one...

So far so good! Amazon has a $15 off coupon for it right now too.

Edit: the price on it fluctuates a bit. I was able to pick mine up for about $94 with the coupon just by watching it for a couple days.