I don't think shaving against the grain is a good idea. Take my own personal experience- ever since I was thirteen years old, I struggled with acne... or so I thought they were. I taught myself how to shave and always shaved against the grain to maximize the smoothness of my face. Over time, I'd have consistent, little red bumps forming on my lower cheeks, etc. I always perceived them as acne and must have taken at least 20 different forms of medication for them. I even saw a dermo. for my problems and he only made it worse by trying to treat acne when the entire time (at least for the most part) they were shaving rashes. It has only been quite recent that as a 20-year old male (no, that is not an actual picture of me), the rashes have finally slowly begun to disappear. That's because just this past January, I stopped shaving against the grain and noticed a significant improvement within the first week. Yes, it's nice to have that baby-face look but if it requires shaving against the grain, I'd advise you to not do so. I did some research and it does "scrape" the skin because as you shave against the hair, tiny fragments of the skin are being lifted and eventually whisked off by the razor. Other advice I can suggest is to constantly change razors... don't ever think about using the same one longer than a week.