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The truth about cutting yourself while shaving – will it leave a scar

Regardless of how you wear your facial hair, there’s something all men have in common: post-shave nicks and cuts. Sometimes it seems that no matter how high quality tools you use or how careful you are, you still get cuts. It’s Murphy’s Law—expect to continue getting them for the rest of your life. But what’s the truth about cutting yourself while shaving—will it leave a scar? Is shaving making your skin uneven and unsightly?

How to Reduce Shaving Scars

Shaving cuts are common, and while you can’t avoid them completely, you can certainly reduce their frequency by using proper shaving techniques.

1) Your anti-scar regimen begins before you even begin shaving. First, wash your face with warm water. This will soften the hairs, making them easier to cut. Then, if you have it, apply a pre-shave oil to leave skin smooth and soft.

2) After, you should apply your shaving cream, using a shaving brush. Using circular motions, vigorously work up your cream into a lather on your face. This serves to both moisturize your face and protect it from cuts.
3) Shave with the grain—only go against the grain when necessary, or to get a very close shave. You should shave in short, swift, and gentle motions. Your blade should be cleaned with hot water both before and after shaving. Keep your razor sharp as well; dull blades can lead to chaffing, cutting, scars, and potential infection.

How to Heal a Shaving Cut so as Not to Leave a Scar

Sometimes you can’t avoid cuts. But is it possible to really mangle one’s face while shaving?

Well, it depends.

In order to heal your shaving cuts not to leave scars, proper treatment of cuts is essential. Your first focus should be on closing the wound, reducing risk of infection.

Let’s first be clear about this – sticking potty paper to your face isn’t going to cut it. It’s unsanitary and silly looking.  Instead, invest in a styptic pencil. A styptic pencil is an antihemorrhagic agent—that is, it closes wounds.
Styptic pencils are relatively inexpensive, extremely useful, and last a long time. Using them is easy. Simply wet the tip and apply to the cut area. The styptic stings a bit, but the pain is well worth the result. Within a few minutes, your cut should have closed. Rinse off any styptic residue with warm water, and apply Neosporin or another topical scar cream if you are worried about scarring.
If you have a very serious cut, or a cut that is bleeding excessively, you should stop whatever you’re doing and focus your attention on stopping bleeding. If the injury is serious, you should seek out medical attention right away—especially if you don’t want to be left with a jarring scar.

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