How to treat shaving nicks and cuts

How to treat shaving nicks and cuts

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Shaving can be dangerous work. Still bleary-eyed from sleep, you’re dragging a sharp blade across your face first thing in the morning. No matter how careful you are, a few nicks and cuts are bound to happen now and again.

Your dad (or television) probably taught you that your best option is to stick a tiny piece of toilet paper on the cut to stop the bleeding. But that only leads to scabs or more blood once you remove the paper.

Here are five tried-and-true methods.

1. Styptic Pencil

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To use, wet the tip of this spot-treatment stick made with mineral astringents and press it against your cut for a few seconds to stop the bleeding. But be warned: it stings a bit and can leave behind a slight white residue.

2. Alum block

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To use, wet the tip of this spot-treatment stick made with mineral astringents and press it against your cut for a few seconds to stop the bleeding. But be warned: it stings a bit and can leave behind a slight white residue.

If you don’t get nicks very often, you likely won’t be buying a special product like those above. But should you get a cut, here are few DIY options you probably have on hand.

3. Eye drops

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These constrict blood vessels, which is handy whether you’re relieving red eyes or trying to stop bleeding.

4. Ice cubes

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The cold temperature causes tissues to contract, reducing inflammation and pain while enabling a clot to quickly form.

5. Lip balm

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The balm’s waxy texture helps seal and soothe the wound, which stops the bleeding and prevents scabbing.

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