We’ve all done it. It’s the painful moment when the razor sweeps across the skin in the most awkward of ways, causing an unbelievable amount of bleeding. While most of us are careful to prevent major cuts from happening, sometimes the nicks can get the best of us. There are far better methods than the classic toilet paper scrap. Check out ten surprising ways to sop bleeding from razor nicks, when you keep reading.
1. Apply Cold Water Or Ice To The Cut…
Ice or washcloth with cold water will help constrict the blood vessels to help stop the bleeding. Also, applying ice on the legs after shaving makes them smoother and less irritated.
2. …Or Apply Hot Water Instead
The hot water will essentially cauterize the area and stop the bleeding. Just wet a washcloth with hot water and apply it to the area. You may need to repeat this process a few times until the bleeding stops. Remember to hold the cloth firmly against your skin; don’t rub it over the area.
3. Just Apply Pressure
The cut should stop bleeding completely from the pressure alone. Simply press a clean cloth against the cloth and hold it there firmly for a minutes.
4. Put Some Witch Hazel On The Cut
Dip a Q-tip or a cotton ball into some witch hazel and gently apply it to the cut. Witch hazel is an astringent and, like the cold water or ice, will cause the blood vessels to constrict. But, unlike the cold water or ice, the witch hazel will sting.
5. Use Lip Balm
You’re taking care of your lips…right? Use your lip balm or Vaseline on a cut — it’s not going to burn, it will clot your blood, and it will act as a temporary sealant to avoid scabs and further scaring.
6. Use Deodorant
Most antiperspirants contain aluminum chloride that can, in addition to shrinking sweat glands, constrict blood vessels and clot a nick.
7. Use A Styptic Pencil
It’s a bit old school, it’s made of mineral astringents; you wet the tip of the pencil and press it against your cut for a few seconds. It does the job, but be sure to check your face before walking out the door — the stick tends to leave a white, chalky residue.
8. Pour Some Sugar On It
A spoonful of sugar may help the medicine go down, but it can also get a small cut to stop bleeding. The sugar will also act as a disinfectant, killing any bacteria that may be lingering in the wound. Just sprinkle a few granules into the cut and hold closed for a few minutes. You can also use cayenne pepper or black pepper, which have the same effect, but they will sting upon entering the wound.
9. Make A Paste From Aspirin
Aspirin has many interesting uses and one of them is healing cuts caused by shaving. Simply dissolve a tablet in a glass of water. Stick a cotton ball or Q-tip into the solution and swab it onto your cut. This will also soothe the skin that’s been irritated by the razor blade.
10. Use Products Designed To Stop Cuts From Bleeding
There are many products that are made to stop shaving nicks and small cuts from bleeding. For instance, QR powder stops the bleeding instantly as does Alum Block, a 100 percent natural mineral bar that’s designed to heal cuts and nicks from shaving.
Small cuts and nicks won’t bleed for very long, so if you’re not in a hurry, just clean the cut with soap and water and stick a small bandage over it. Keeping a Band-Aid over the cut initially is a good idea any way as it can protect the area from clothing, blankets, etc. After a day, let the cut air out so it can heal quickly.
But, for those who constantly are dealing with nicks and cuts from shaving, there are some things you can do to prevent them. Just, make sure you moisturize the area before and after shaving. Shave in the direction in which the hair grows and make sure the razor blade is brand new or at least clean. Try using a different type of razor if you feel the cause of your cuts is the razor itself.