Posted by Patrick Levesque

Considering how often we shave, you're bound to run into a few cuts and nicks now and then - hopefully this isn't the norm for you though. Before I get into how to treat them when you do run into them, I'd like to ensure you're doing what you can to prevent getting them in the first place:

  1. Use quality shaving cream. Using an "airy" shaving cream that does little in terms of protecting your face will do just that - do very little to protect your face. Quality shaving cream = a quality shave.
  2. Ensure you aren't using a dull blade. Shaving with a dull blade is extremely abrasive on your skin and guaranteed to cause bleeding. 
  3. Be patient. If you start carelessly rushing through your shaving process, you obviously increase the chances of accidentally cutting yourself. Be careful! 
There are other steps you can take in prevention, but those are a few of the key things to keep in mind for now. With that covered, if you do happen to run into a nick or cut, what do you do?

Of course everyone knows the toilet paper method. Put a tiny piece of toilet paper where the nick or cut is and wait until the bleeding has stopped before your remove it. The problem with this is that often time, when you remove the toilet paper, it tears the would open again and the bleeding starts again. 

Another way you can treat bleeding is with a styptic pencil. By applying this to the nick or cut, it helps to stop the bleeding. If you don't have one, you can try using an ice cube to the cut to help stop the bleeding. 
Personally, my favorite way to treat nicks and cuts is by applying a small amount of a clay mask to the area. Once it has dried off, I rinse with cool water and it's as if nothing ever happened! The Menscience Facial Cleansing Mask has long been my go-to for this.  

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