First of all, hi there! This is my first post.
Hoping someone can help me out. I made the switch to a DE razor about three weeks ago, and in the past couple weeks, have developed a very slight blotchy redness on my cheeks. It sticks around for about an hour, gets better, but doesn't fully go away. It doesn't seem like razor burn because it doesn't really hurt. My skin has been sort of sensitive in the past with cartridges, but not that bad, and when I find the right mix of products everything is great.
Right now I'm using a Merkur HD 34C, Astra SP blades, and Real Shaving Company Moisturizing Shave cream. I have a cheap brush I got at a drug store years ago. I've been using the cream and brush for years of cartridge shaving. On occasion I use Cromwell and Cruthers shave oil as well. My post shave is Neutrogena Razor Defense after shave lotion. I've been doing 2 passes, 1 WTG, and 1 XTG.
I've tried Derby blades, which seemed to make the irritation worse as they seemed to scratch up my face, and Feathers, which were okay.
Lately I've been paying a lot of attention to blade angle and putting virtually no pressure on the razor, but still the redness. Any ideas?