How to stop a razor cut from bleeding

Got a razor cut that won’t stop bleeding? Sadly, cutting yourself whilst shaving is inevitable, no matter how good your razor, or steady your hand. Whether you’ve lost concentration for a second, or simply caught an errant mole, it’s likely that you’ll nick yourself at least once in your lifetime.

So, you’re covered in shave cream and water and now you have a small cut that is refusing to stop bleeding – what do you do? Before you reach for the loo roll and attempt that infamous ‘torn up toilet tissue on my face’ look, consider these other options instead.

Warm flannel

Grab your nearest clean flannel and run it under the hot tap for a while. Once it is nice and warm, press it against the cut for a minute or two. The combination of heat and pressure should clean the area and allow the cut to clot. Although this method does require a little patience, it’s a better choice than the loo roll, and you’ll likely find a clean flannel in most bathrooms.

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Ice cube

It might seem counterintuitive, but cold also helps too! Grab an ice cube and apply it directly to your shaving cut. The cold temperature will constrict the blood vessels, allowing a clot to form more quickly and stop the bleeding. If you have time, wrapping the ice in a clean cloth beforehand will prevent the ice from sticking to your skin.

Lip balm

If you don’t have any ice cubes or flannels available, try to locate some lip balm or vaseline. By applying a small dab of balm to your cut, you’ll form a seal that will stem the flow of blood and protect the cut from bacteria.

Just leave the balm in place for around 30 mins and then gently wipe away, so you don’t disturb the clot. This is particularly handy for larger cuts, as it will prevent big, unsightly scabs from forming.

So, there you have it! Three quick methods to stop a razor cut from bleeding, which can all be found around the house. Of course, preventing a shaving cut in the first place is the best option, so head to our other blog post for our top tips on preventing cuts and rashes.

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