Treating Your Shaving Cuts & Nicks

It happens to the best of us. You could go weeks and months without an incident and then, wham you have gone and nicked yourself. Probably more common when you are starting out with wet shaving, the occasional cut is something all of us, at one point or another need to deal with. Most reach for the dreaded toilet paper, but you don’t need to subject yourself to such a degrading remedy, which doesn’t really work that well and takes loads of time to stop the bleeding.  Luckily you have some options that won’t cause you to risk walking out in public with a bloody piece of toilet paper on your face.

Alum Block

Alum block often comes in the form of a bar of soap (I prefer the RazoRock Alum Stick which is nicer to hold while applying) and is an astringent that helps to shrink the tissue in your skin.  The Alum block also has antiseptic qualities to help with preventing any infections from developing. You rub the wet Alum block on your face after you shave – wait for the sting (a good measure of how well your shave went) and then rinse it off after a minute or two. Some only use Alum after a rough shave, while others after each shave.

Styptic Pencil

Essential the same as the Alum Block mentioned above, the styptic pencil is used to treat your nicks and cuts.  You simply take the pencil, place it on you nick, press and hold for a few seconds, and you should be good to go. Like the Alum block the Styptic Pencil is an astringent that will tighten the skin around your cut, slowing and stopping the bleeding.

Aftershave is probably the most common item used by men after a shave, many I’m sure simply out of routine than purpose. But aftershave also is an astringent and as a result helps stem the flow of blood to your cuts and nicks. Aftershave is also an antiseptic helping you with avoiding skin infections. An added benefit to using aftershave of course is that it provides you, usually, with a manly scent.

Cold Water

If for some reason you don’t have any of the above items on hand you could always turn to your tap. Cold water, more often than none, will help stop the bleeding. The colder the water the better, an ice cube is even better. The cold will constrict the blood vessels, slowing the blood flow, and eventually causing the blood to clot.

Unless you have given yourself a serious cut, at which point a visit to the hospital may need to be considered, or perhaps growing a beard, using one of the above methods should treat you just fine.