Switching to a wet shave has been great - the closeness of the shaves and the condition of my skin has been absolutely worth it. However.... my upper lip has always been very sensitive - on closer inspection i think i have scar tissue from all of the "close" shaves with multi-blades over the years. It's not difficult to get razor burn on the upper lip, as i have some stubborn stubble.
WTG is fine, but it doesn't give me the closeness that i like, and i still feel some stubble. ATG works somewhat, but i need more than 2-3 strokes to get close. XTG works, but i know I'll get the red splotchy burn.
I shave after showers, and have found through my first few months that i get some relief by spending an extra couple of minutes lathering (typically Taylor of OBS soap). I use a Merkur Classic with Shark blades (Started with Merkur blades, and then grabbed a sampler). I rinse, use witch hazel, rinse again and then an after shave - usually the traditional Bay Rum. I found that Trumpers Skin Food seems to help as well, but the red blotchiness tends to stay for a while.
Any ideas or wisdom from the crowd? Thanks in advance!