I have lots of trouble with my upper lip. I end up scrubbing it and my lower lip quite a bit (with that burning sensation occasionally). However, there is rarely a lasting issue - it is ready to go the next day. Sharpness of the razor is a big deal for me in these cases. The sharper the better. Prep is important, too. The softer the whiskers the easier the going and the smoother the finish. If you look at a barber in the old movies, the prep is more extensive than most of us do. There was a reason for that.
Something I don't hesitate to do - that is, finishing with the DE around my lips and corners of my mouth. I have shaved with a straight for quite a while and if I run into trouble, I just let it alone and touch it up with the DE. Nothing says you have to be pure of technique just for the sake of form. Use the DE until you figure it all out. Fortunately, I seem to have gotten past it and most shaves are just fine. I think my beard gave up. ;0}
My prep is now warm water held against my face and then lathering and letting it sit on my face for a while - usually I set up the rest of the gear while I'm soaking. I then re-lather and enjoy the shave.
Last edited by ladykate; 06-28-2012 at 07:37 PM.
Inventor of the world's first safety vibrating Kamisori with night light. Go to http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/299465-A-milder-Kamisori: Inventor of the Weckisori - (thanks sychodelix)