01-18-2016, 10:52 PM
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  • ben74
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No Alum... No worries...


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Three ways to deal with a shaving cut that don't involve toilet paper or tissue...



1. Head to the freezer... 

Grab an ice cub and apply to the cut. 

The cold will shrink the blood cells and encourage quicker clotting.

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2. Grab the Gin... 

Ok, ice, gin sounds like it's time for a drink, but no, don't drink it, apply to the cut. 

The alcohol has an astringent effect. Mouthwash (so long as it's not alcohol free) will work too.

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3. Jelly... 

Petroleum Jelly that is (aka Vaseline). 

Seal the cut with vaseline to make a barrier preventing infection.

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Alternatively always have a pencil on hand... Styptic* not lead of course!

*Contains Alum which is an active ingredient that stems plasma flow...

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 01-18-2016, 10:58 PM
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Great post! I've used the ice trick before.

But wait... the gin is not for drinking?

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 01-18-2016, 11:02 PM
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(01-18-2016, 10:58 PM)NeoXerxes Wrote: Great post! I've used the ice trick before.

But wait... the gin is not for drinking?

I suppose it depends on how bad the blood loss is Smile

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 01-18-2016, 11:04 PM
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Lol love the pics. Good advice for those times you don't have a styptic pencil

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 01-18-2016, 11:09 PM
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Ice is nice.

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 01-18-2016, 11:30 PM
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  • Aleksey
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Haven't needed fot a while but good suggestions ben. I have pencils.

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 01-19-2016, 12:12 AM
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I'd rather just use a styptic. I mean, it's right there and I don't need to go all the way to the freezer or fridge, to take care of something right quick.

Now, the Gin, oh I'll walk long and far for...

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 01-19-2016, 03:08 AM
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  • Mouser
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I was using these Q-Tip things that you snapped the stick and an astringent flowed into the cotton tip.cleaned up the blood and stopped it at same time. My store stopped carrying them. Amazon.com has them but I rarely need anymore

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 01-19-2016, 05:30 AM
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have a styptic - never used. never cut myself Blush

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 01-19-2016, 07:04 AM
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Or you could just improve your technique. Biggrin 

I haven't use alum in over 4 years, now.

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 01-19-2016, 07:46 AM
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  • ben74
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I don't regularly need or use alum, however the odd time I nick myself I'm usually away from home and I never think to pack alum. Hence, some light hearted alternatives that are often on hand...

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 01-19-2016, 08:16 AM
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(01-19-2016, 05:30 AM)tonsorius Wrote: have a styptic - never used. never cut myself Blush

Famous last words... now that you've jinxed yourself, you'll nick yourself.

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 01-19-2016, 08:26 AM
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(01-19-2016, 08:16 AM)WegianWarrior Wrote:
(01-19-2016, 05:30 AM)tonsorius Wrote: have a styptic - never used. never cut myself Blush

Famous last words... now that you've jinxed yourself, you'll nick yourself.


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 01-19-2016, 08:29 AM
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Amazon Basin soldier ants. The natives simply let them bite a cut and then snap off the body to make an instant suture.

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 01-19-2016, 08:48 AM
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Rarely cut or nick myself, so I don't keep any product on hand.

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 01-19-2016, 08:52 AM
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Cool hack, I am going to try this tonight....why...for science

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 01-19-2016, 10:57 AM
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I generally just use cold water for smaller nicks and weepers. Works just fine.
For an actual cut, I don't fool around, and go immediately for the styptic. I don't wait till the shave is over, don't lather over a bleeding nick or cut, etc. I stop the bleeding, then move on with the shave.

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 01-19-2016, 11:11 AM
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  • nikos.a
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I have a Cyril R. Salter styptic pencil, which works perfectly. But, I don't cut myself very often, so it's going to last years. 


Some alum blocks are more expensive than others. Are there really any differences between them or it is just branding and marketing?

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 01-19-2016, 01:23 PM
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  • Wrathen
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Nice!!! I like to use a bit of witch hazel too


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 01-19-2016, 01:43 PM
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(01-19-2016, 08:16 AM)WegianWarrior Wrote:
(01-19-2016, 05:30 AM)tonsorius Wrote: have a styptic - never used. never cut myself Blush

Famous last words... now that you've jinxed yourself, you'll nick yourself.
i don't believe in witchcraft.

cut my index finger badly to the bone with a knife last summer though. does that count? Tongue

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