I've been going over all the various threads in the last couple weeks, while I try to get used to the DE shave.
For the longest time, I've shaved twice a week, simply because the Mach3 I was using would destroy my neck and I just didn't want to go through the pain of shaving every day (or even every other day).
Well, I read the MSNBC article like many of us here, and ordered several items online. So far, I've had maybe 6 shaves with the Merkur HD, using Merkur blades so far. The first three shaves went very nicely, no irritation to speak of. However, starting with the fourth shave, I started experiencing irritation again. While shaving with the grain on my neck, it seemed as though the razor was skipping or catching on the skin, leading to a bit of bleeding.
I figured it was the end of the blade's life, and changed it for my next shave. So far, I haven't seen much change. I'm still getting irritation, even a few bumps, which I didn't have at all in the first 3 shaves.
I'm starting to think maybe I'm getting lazy with my angle, because I make sure not to put too much pressure.
So basically, at the end of all this, my question would be why the irritation has started from the fourth shave on, and why the bumps have appeared at this point, instead of right at the beginning?