So, I know shaving against the grain is usually considered to be bad for sensitive skin, but what about across the grain? does it actually result in a closer shave. As sensitive skin as mine Im very hesitant about trying it.
ATG is not bad for sensitive skin, poor technique and insufficient prep are bad for sensitive skin. I go ATG every single day, and haven't had any problems since learning how to do it right.
You should read the stickies, there's a wealth of information on how to get ready for and perform your shave - it's not hard, but if you do it wrong you're guaranteed irritation and cuts. Also, check out mantic59's channel on youtube so you can see what the products and processes actually look like.
Like everyone else so far, I get a closer shave with a XTG pass than a WTG pass. However, I normally do a *** pass and then a ATG pass for daily shaving as I don't have sensitive skin. A XTG pass should not be irritating for your skin.
As with anything in shaving, you'll just have to try it and see how it works for you. If its not for you your face will let you know. A little irritation at first is to be expected, just go slow and very light. Use the weight of the razor as your only pressure for that XTG.