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You Cut Yourself Shaving, Now What?

If you’re transitioning from using a cartridge razor to using a safety or straight razor, you know that there is definitely a learning curve. That means that mistakes are bound to be made which is completely fine and normal. There are so many variables when it comes to shaving; the direction of hair growth, how much pressure to apply, how sharp your blade is etc, that even the most seasoned professionals can catch a nick from time to time. 

So now you’ve found yourself with a little nick that seemingly won’t stop bleeding. What do you do now? We’ve compiled all the answers for you below.

Royal Shave’s Post Shave Cut Routine Option

Option #1 Use a Styptic Pen


A styptic pen is a healing stick that is made from alum compounds. The compounds are ground up into a powder and mixed with wax to bind and retain its handy shape. Styptic pens are the most convenient way to stop shaving cuts and sanitize them. They stop bleeding and even work better than bandaids as they trap less bacteria.

1. Use a clean washcloth and wet it with warm water before pressing it into the cut for about half a minute. The heat from the water will help clean the cut and slow the bleeding.

2. Splash your face with cold water to constrict the blood vessels and close pores, lessening the bleeding.

3. Wet the styptic pencil and then gently apply to the wound with light pressure. If you feel a little stinging, you know that the pen is working to stop the bleeding and heal your wound.

4. Leave the residue on your cut and resist the temptation to wipe it off, at least for a few minutes. This will give it time for the pen to work its magic and seal up the cuts. You can wipe the residue off once the bleeding has completely stopped.

You can purchase Royal Shave’s Styptic Pen HERE.

Option #2 

1. Use a clean washcloth and wet it with warm water before pressing it into the cut for about half a minute. The heat from the water will help clean the cut and slow the bleeding.

2. Use an astringent like witch hazel toner or other alcohol free aftershave product to disinfect the cut. These products will soothe the skin while simultaneously killing bacteria, so that your cut doesn’t get worse.

3.  Press an ice cube against your cut for about 30 seconds to tighten the blood vessels. This should really stop any further bleeding you may have and helps “seal” the skin even further.

4.Take a new salve and apply it to the cut to really seal it in and prevent blood from leaking out and new germs from coming in. If you have a squeezable tube of petroleum, this should do the trick since it’s most likely germ free. If you’re using your fingers to apply, make sure it’s a clean one. Reapply the balm throughout the day as needed.

5. Now it’s time to just leave it alone. Resist the urge to touch your nick throughout the day  and let your body do its thing to heal.

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