Shaving is to beards as hair cuts is to hair. It is important to give your beard a trim, or shave away the areas you don’t want the beard to dominate, especially if you are aiming for a particular shape or style. Many of us still like to do it old school and shave with a blade but no matter how careful you are, you will almost always get a little cut, which begs the question what is the best way to treat those shaving cuts and nicks? Although these cuts are tiny, they seem to be able to bleed an awful lot! And there is nothing worse than turning up to that first date, to work, or wherever it is with a selection of face and neck cuts – perhaps still bleeding, or maybe scabbed over – either way it’s not a great look.
Fear not however, there are a few old and new ways to deal with a shaving nick:
The first thing that many a man will turn to, often because it is the closest as most of us do our shaving in the bathroom… is of course the toilet paper. It makes a lot of sense to treat your cut with the paper you also use to wipe you ass… oh wait. Of course it does sort of work, depending on how much dollar you chose to drop on your chosen roll, it is fairly absorbent and it is always on hand. Although it is not that hygienic and it looks a little ridiculous – also you don’t want to be that guy that is in a rush to get somewhere, cuts his face, stops the bleeding with toilet paper and then leaves the house with it still stuck to his face!
There is another way however…
Now you may or may not have heard of the styptic pencil, the chances are you probably haven’t – but the main ingredient in it is also used in boxing a fair few other sports where you are looking to stop bleeding, fast. The main ingredient we speak of is aluminium sulphate of course! Everyone knows that aluminium sulphate helps contract tissue to seal injured blood vessels right!?
On a serious note, you can pick one of these bad boys up from Superdrug for less than £2 so it is always a good tool to have on hand if you are a regular blade shaver. It will help close the cut, rather than mop up any blood that has already left your face or neck. The downside is it can sting like a bitch. No pain, no gain, right!?
Another remedy from the tales of time is the alum block. Now this is something you will have definitely seen the trainers using on beat up boxers in between rounds. Essentially it is a big, ol’ chunk of mineral crystal made from a substance that is similar to that of the styptic pencil – potassium aluminium sulphate.
Just like the styptic pencil it helps stop the bleeding and stings a fair amount, however it also has the added benefit of being antiseptic – although if you are going to get infected from a razor cut then you probably need to get a new razor, pronto! It has also been touted to help with razor burn, so it is a good all rounder to have on hand if you are a common razor shaver.
Now to a more modern approach, the alcohol roll on is certainly more advanced in its approach to dealing with little nicks and cuts from shaving mainly because it has more than just alcohol in it. Packaged in a cylindrical container, similar to the styptic pencil, it is fairly easy to use and will often come with vitamin E and aloe mixed in to the formulation. Although the alcohol will sterelise the cut, it doesn’t work as well as the styptic pencil or alum block to halt the bleeding – so if you are in a rush when it comes to stopping your face, the pencil or the block represent a better option. Sometimes you just can’t beat the old favourites ey…
For some tips on beard trimming with an electric shaver, you can check out one of our previous blog articles. Or to keep that beard and moustache looking in tip top shape, take a look at our beard oil, beard wash and moustache wax.