Shaving Injuries

Shaving Injury First Aid - Shaving Injuries

1. Press a warm washcloth against the cut for 30 seconds, until bleeding slows or stops. Warm water will help clean the cut and slow blood loss.


2. Apply a witch-hazel-based toner or other alcohol-free aftershave to disinfect the wound.


3. Hold an ice cube against the cut for 15-30 seconds, to constrict the blood vessels. This should stop bleeding altogether.


4. Apply unused lip balm to the nick. (Or you can scrape off any part of the chapstick that has touched your lips to remove any germs.) This will provide a nourishing barrier that keeps blood in, and keeps the bad stuff out.


5. Let it be for 30 minutes, then gently wipe the balm away—gently, we say—since there will be excess balm (and maybe a little blood) atop your skin. By now, the cut should be done draining, and there should be some balm inside the wound, helping to nurture the nick.


6. Spot-treat the cut with a soothing moisturizer. Ideally, you already applied an aftershave balm to your whole face following the shave. But a spot-treatment to this cut will expedite healing.