How to Stop the Bleeding From a Shaving Nick

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Once again, you are shaving your legs or face, when you feel that darned burning sensation. You need to stop the bleeding in a hurry so you can get on with your day. You can apply pressure and wait it out, but a handful of home remedies may be more effective.

Items you will need

  • Ice cube
  • Styptic pencil
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Bandage
  • Witch hazel
Step 1

Press an ice cube on the nick for two minutes. Press firmly and use a towel to hold the ice in place. Dab an antibiotic ointment on the nick.

Step 2

Apply a small bandage to the nick, unless it is on your face. If the nick is on your face, apply a bit of witch hazel with a tissue, using firm pressure.

Step 3

Keep a styptic pencil on-hand for shaving nicks. When the styptic pencil is applied, it does not sting, irritate or cause stains on clothing. It can stop the bleeding quickly.


  • If your skin is dry, it is more likely to get nicked during shaving. Use a daily moisturizer to keep skin soft.

    Prevent nicks by using a good moisturizing shaving cream or gel.


  • Never use a dull razor since it will be more likely to cut you than a new razor.

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