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How to Use a Styptic Pencil to Stop Bleeding After Shaving

Updated on October 15, 2011

Introduction To Stop Blood From Razor Cuts

Nothing is worse than getting ready for a big evening out or a clean shaven work day only to notice that you've cut yourself after shaving.

There really wasn't anything wrong with your shaving technique. You did everything right. You used hot water, good shaving cream, a fresh new shaving razor, perhaps even a badger hair brush and it still went wrong.

How do you stop the blood? Easy! With a very inexpensive and easy to use styptic pencil. Please read on to learn how to use a styptic pencil to stop bleeding after shaving.

Step 1

After you shave rinse all the shaving cream from your face and dry it completely.

Step Two - Get Out That Styptic Pencil

Take out a styptic pencil. For those of you not familiar with a styptic pencil, it looks and feels exactly like one of those huge pieces of chalk that kids use to write on a sidewalk. You can buy one at any drug store for less than a few bucks. They last a million-trillion years too.

Step 3 - Wet the Tip

Wet the tip of the styptic pencil lightly under the faucet. Don't saturate it. Minimal water will do.

Step 4 - Apply to Shaving Cut

Dab the styptic pencil tip (the wet part) directly onto the where you cut yourself with the razor.

It may sting a bit but only does so for less than a second. The bleeding should stop immediately. If not, apply again.

Step 5 - A Warning

Note that this process is only for routine shaving razor cuts typical after a shave. Never apply to deep cuts or cuts other than small ones from your shave.

Proceed to next step :-)

Step 6 - Clean The Styptic Pencil and Yourself

If the bleeding has stopped, go ahead and rinse off the tip of the styptic pencil.

Then, after a minute or so, clean off the styptic chalk surrounding the cut, without opening the cut again.

Step 7 - Look At Yourself From Time To Time

Keep checking yourself in the mirror. At some point some of the chalk from the styptic pencil will haze up around the cut. This is nothing to worry about, it is only a cosmetic issue as it doesn't rinse off completely right away. Just dab your finger in some water and the dab off the chalk WITHOUT dabbing the cut (it'll bleed again)

This 'hazing' may continue a couple of times. Just keep dabbing it and it will go away.

Step 8 - Let Others Admire

No more blood? All cleaned up? Now get out there with your fresh, smooth face and let the world gawk at your flawless complexion!


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      TurtleDog 4 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by KoiHdez

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      Koi 4 years ago from New Jersey

      Styptic pens and alum blocks are my best friend.