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How to Stop Bleeding From a Shaving Nick

7 Tips to Stop Bloody Shaving Problems

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 seven surprising ways to sop bleeding from razor nicks, when you keep reading.

1. Use Eye Drops: Apply eye drops like Visine ($8) to the nick, which will help constrict the blood vessels.

2. Dab on Witch Hazel: Using a Q-tip or a cotton ball, apply witch hazel like Dickinson's Original Witch Hazel ($4) to the irritation. This astringent will help slow the bleeding.

3. Grab a Pencil: For a good old-fashioned remedy, consider purchasing a Clubman Styptic Pencil ($2), which contains aluminum sulfate. Aluminum is a hemostat, which is an agent that helps stop bleeding.

4. Wax on: Break out the ChapStick ($4), which will help clot the blood and act as a temporary sealant.

5. Use a Tea Bag: Apply a cooled-off tea bag to the cut. The tannic acid in the tea helps put a halt to the bleeding.

6. Get an Ice Cube: Just like witch hazel and eye drops, ice will also help constrict the blood vessels to help stop the bleeding. Bonus? Applying ice on the legs after shaving makes them smoother and less irritated.

7. Cayenne Pepper: And on an opposite note, try sprinkling some powdered cayenne pepper for a natural remedy. It sounds weird, but people swear by it.

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Mariannie Mariannie 8 years
Wow...cayenne pepper...who knew!
LoveSarah LoveSarah 8 years
Cayenne pepper sounds like it would BURN!!
xoxoGG xoxoGG 8 years
hmm good to know :)
Talldiva45 Talldiva45 8 years
Someone needs to clear up the cayenne pepper thing - sounds like it would hurt like u know what.
Mariannie Mariannie 8 years
Im wondering the exact same thing, La Tua
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 8 years
That's hot: And on an opposite note, try sprinkling some powdered cayenne pepper for a natural remedy. It sounds weird, but people swear by it.?!?!? The Hell y'all lost me there... haha I heard using flour to stop the bleeding.
Ellenora Ellenora 8 years
I rely on my trusty Neosporin. I have tubes of the stuff everywhere because I'm very clumsy. I'm always getting nicks and scrapes. The other things I use a lot are Burt's Bees ResQ Ointment and Vaseline Petroleum Jelly. I have Band-aids everywhere too. >.<
blondie829 blondie829 8 years
i'd be too scared to put cayenne pepper on!!
La-Tua-Cantante La-Tua-Cantante 8 years
But wouldn't cayenne pepper sting like crazy??
Beauty Beauty 8 years
Thanks for sharing, Julie! I have not tried it yet, but I hear it works wonders.
juliefischer juliefischer 8 years
Oops, let me say, he was not shaving his legs. LOL. He cut his finger and cayenne pepper stopped the bleeding in an instant.
juliefischer juliefischer 8 years
Cayenne pepper works like a charm. My husband found that out the hard way!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Those pencils, burrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrn.
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