I have to agree with you here. I have found that the pattern of my facial growth and sensitivity of skin makes DE shaving a painful experience. I have reverted back to commercial cartridge blades... I get a better shave with fewer passes and less irritation. However, my experience with a DE (thanks to this forum) has introduced me to a better method of shaving, which includes proper preperation, brush use, product selection and taking more time to shave.
While I have ditched the DE shave, I am still using proper shave creams, finer badger brushes, good ASB and better techniques thanks to the fellas on this board.
Joel in CT
Not "The Joel", another Joel.