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Nicks Happen! How To Stop the Bleeding

April 21st, 2016

5 Ways to Stop a Shaving Cut from Bleeding – hey, we’ve all been there.

If you shave with a safety razor – even if you’ve done your homework and are doing it with the right technique – chances are that, eventually, you are going to cut yourself shaving.

Maybe you slip. Maybe you have a pimple. Maybe you’re just a little too heavy-handed with that brand new blade. Hey, no shame. It happens to the best of us.

However, if you do happen to cut yourself shaving, you’re going to have to do a little triage. Below are five methods for getting a shaving cut to stop bleeding.

(N.B. All of the methods below work, so we’ll skip listing the “pros” of each method. However, each way has it’s own drawbacks, so we’ll mention those.)

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Toilet paper.

That old standby. Come on, we’ve all used this method. And if you haven’t, you’re not a real man! Just kidding. It’s almost magic how it works.

Cons: You’ll look ridiculous if you walk out of the house and forget you’ve used it; cut will often start bleeding again when you take off the paper.

Styptic pencil.

One of the first post-toilet paper methods I tried. It’s very effective and easy to travel with, as most versions come in a small plastic tube.

Cons: Leaves a white residue that needs to be rinsed off – can’t just use it and run out of the house; breaks apart easily after a period of use; not very cleanly since you have to rinse your blood off after every use.

Styptic powder.

After becoming upset with the styptic pen’s white residue, it felt like I discovered the holy grail of shaving cut stoppers when I discovered Nick Relief. I works great and does not leave a white residue, but…

Cons: Leaves a brown residue that must be washed off after application; can stain clothing if you forget to wash it off.

Liquid styptic.

This is my favorite method. Doesn’t sting. Doesn’t leave a residue. Works quickly.

Cons: Tastes like crap (if you happen to get a cut near the corner of your mouth you will taste it).

Witch Hazel.

Similar to liquid styptic; available in many different scents, which could be nice.

Cons: Stings.

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If you cut yourself shaving, how do you stop the bleeding? Chime in below.

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

Brian Sacawa
He Spoke Style

Photography by Rob McIver Photo.

Brian Sacawa

Brian Sacawa is the Founder of He Spoke Style and one of the original men’s style influencers. Since 2013, his goal has remained the same: to provide men the advice and inspiration they need to dress well, develop their personal style, and gain more confidence. Brian’s interest and passion for men’s style and luxury watches has led to his writing for The Robb Report, The Rake, and Sotheby’s and he has been quoted on menswear in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,, Brides Magazine, and the Huffington Post. He lives in the woods north of Baltimore with his wife, Robin, kitties Nick and Nora, and German Shepherd/Collie mix Charlie.

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