Have you ever been in a rush and cut yourself while shaving? Or have you forgotten that your razor was new and raked it across your skin, leaving a thin trail of blood behind? If you have, you’re not alone. Just about everyone has nicked their skin with a razor blade at some point, probably on more than one occasion. If you’ve nicked your skin recently and want to know how to stop it from bleeding, try these 10 tips.
1. Apply Cold Water Or Ice To The Cut...
Wet a washcloth with cold water or simply grab an ice cube and apply it to the cut. The blood vessels will constrict from the cold, which will cause the flow of blood to slow and eventually form a clot.
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
Yes, lip balm can help your cut stop bleeding. The waxy texture can help seal the skin and allow a blood clot to form. If you don’t want to dirty your lip balm, use Vaseline instead. It works in the same way as lip balm, so dab a bit onto the nick to seal it instantly.
6. Use Deodorant
Who knew so many personal care products could stop a shaving nick from bleeding? Deodorant works in this situation because it contains aluminum chloride or a derivative of it. According to Dr. Jeffrey Benabio, author of The Dermatology Blog, the aluminum chloride acts as a hemostatic agent, allowing the blood clot to form. Just swipe a bit of deodorant onto your fingertip or a cotton swab and apply it to the nick.
7. Use A Styptic Pencil
A styptic pencil, or styptic stick, works in the same way that the deodorant does. Styptic pencils usually contain titanium dioxide or a form of sulfate, which will help the blood clot quickly. Styptic pencils can be found at a variety of pharmacies and beauty supply stores.
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.
If you constantly are dealing with nicks and cuts from shaving, there are some things you can do to prevent them. For starters, 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. If you feel the cause of your cuts is the razor itself, try using a different type of razor.