Styptic Pencil – All You Need 2018-03-19T07:48:44+00:00

Your Guide On How To Stop Bleeding From Shaving

At Glyder, we have spent over three years researching various styptic pencils and various styptic products and here are findings that we want to share with everyone. Some point, everyone has nicked themselves while shaving and it sucks. If this is the first time you have ever thought about a styptic pencil, it means you just nicked yourself while shaving. Don’t worry in this article you will learn everything you need to know about styptic pencil and how does it help with stopping bleeding from shaving cuts.

Getting a cut while shaving sucks because it stops the entire shaving process and if you do not have the right styptic pencil it can really become a painful process on how to stop the bleeding from the shaving cuts. My goal in this article is to help everyone understand why the styptic pencil is still around and why should everyone keep a styptic balm in their travel kit and bathroom medicine cabinet. Styptic Pencil can stop the bleeding from nicks and cuts that’s very accurate but it depends on your skin as well. Here are some questions that I came across right away when I started my research on how to stop bleeding from shaving cuts.

What is a styptic pencil?

A styptic pencil is an antihemorrhagic agent — something that stops bleeding— used to treat small wounds and cuts on the face and body. The main ingredient in styptic pencils is anhydrous aluminum sulfate; a agent that restricts blood flow, allowing a cut to close quickly.
Styptic pencils are essentially short medicated sticks that use to be standard issue in men’s shaving kits. A styptic pencil is applied directly to the wound, and starts working within seconds to constrict the blood flow, stopping the bleeding. The usefulness of hemostatic agents is well known in the veterinary field and emergency medicine.

Currently, there are three popular types of styptic solutions available in the market. Most styptic solutions have been around for a long time and haven’t been improved until recently.

  • Styptic Balm: The styptic balm entered the market in 2016 and it’s the easiest and most effective way to stop the bleeding from shaving cuts. The number one styptic balm available is “The Perfect Styptic Balm by Glyder”. It uspatent-pendingnding formula that includes Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, Argan Oil, Tea Tree oil, and Jojoba Oil which nourishes your skin and promotes the healing process. This styptic solution is the most effective method that stops the bleeding, without any stings or creating a mess.
  • Styptic Pencil: This styptic solution has been around longer than your grandfather. It’s the oldest styptic solution which is awkward to apply on cuts because it’s messy and it melts at a warm temperature. The styptic pencil also stings, a lot, and it does not stop the bleeding every time.
  • Alcohol Styptic Roll on: Alcohol based styptic solutions feel like rubbing alcohol on an open wound. This is the most painful way to stop the bleeding. It stings like a mother f*cker and after applying you’ll need to use a tissue or swab to clean up the liquid that’s left on the cut.
  • Styptic Powder: Styptic powder is both a clotting agent and an antiseptic that is used to prevents further bleeding by contracting the blood vessels. This styptic powder is used on animals a lot more than humans because their veins are found in the center of the nails.

What’s inside a styptic pencil?

The popularity of traditional shaving techniques has exploded recently as men ditch their disposable cartridges and pick up straight razors in search of a smoother shave. The renaissance of this shaving technique has brought back another good friend – the styptic pencil. A styptic pencil is made of an antihemorrhagic agent that works by contracting tissue to seal injured blood vessels. Styptic pencils have been used for years as a safe and effective way to stop minor cuts from continuing to bleed.

Glyder’s Perfect Styptic Balm uses aluminum sulfate to restrict blood flow, along with Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, Argan Oil, Tea Tree Oil and Jojoba to help with nourishing your skin.

When do you need to use a styptic pencil?  

Here’s a relatable quote from a popular shaving forum of one man’s experience with his styptic pen:

“Today I tried my first wet shave. I did manage to cut up my chin a little bit, so I grabbed the styptic pen. I picked it up, and realized I have no idea if my timing was right.”

The poor guy was well prepared, but not well informed and he’s not alone! 

A styptic pencil is best used after the shave rather than immediately after a shaving nick. They should never be used mid-shave because it could affect the quality of your overall. Even worse, going over a cut that has stopped bleeding could reopen the wound.

After you’ve finished your shave, rinse your face with cold water, pat it dry, and inspect for any cuts. Treat the spots with your styptic pencil, give it a rinse, and then set it aside to dry. Our friend from the shaving forum at least had the right idea. Notice he said “cut my chin a little bit” and not “sliced my face open.” These nicks and cuts will happen more often if you’re transitioning from a disposable/safety razor to a single or double edge razor.

If the cut is so bad that you can’t finish your shave without blood getting everywhere, it’s probably not a job for a styptic pen. Medium to larger sized cuts may need to be clotted with gauser and covered with a bandage. If you’re simply looking to reduce irritation, look into alum blocks which can sooth the entire face. have less-intense astringent for soothing rather than spot treatment.

So remember to wait until after your shave to break out your styptic pencil. You should only have to press it on your cut for a few seconds. If it’s not working, 1) apply a bit more pressure and 2) get better at shaving.  

The resurgence of styptic pencils has many men adding them to their shaving kit. The problem is that most know how to use them, but not when.

Are there any dangers using styptic pencils?  

There isn’t a study that has been published by US government that says aluminum sulfate is not safe to apply directly to your cut to stop the bleeding. You should check to see what the % of the aluminum sulfate is on the styptic pencil that you are using.

Why is styptic pencil for treating shaving cuts?

I’ve tried all of the styptic pencils that are available in the market before I created my own product, The Perfect Styptic Balm. The other products on the market aren’t bad, but they are outdated and they didn’t work for me. So, that’s why I created a styptic balm with ingredients found in military-grade wound care and natural ingredients, designed with our ultra-grippable retractable tube, similar to a lip balm container.

How to use a styptic pencil?

These days, men are revisiting shaving techniques introduced by barbers trained in classic grooming methods. All that gear your grandpa use to shave, is back in vogue, because sometimes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. 

Styptic pencils used treat shaving nicks and cuts, and are a perfect example of tradition trumping technology. Styptic pencils are a fast, efficient, and easy to use tool to stop bleeding fast. Don’t have one in your shave kit? Read on to learn what you’re missing

Step 1) Keep one thing in mind: toilet paper is for ill-informed rookies. It doesn’t close the wound, and it looks bad when it’s stuck to your face. So how do I use a styptic pencil?

Step 2) Wet the tip of your styptic pencil with cold water. Keep in mind that moistening the styptic pencil is necessary for it to work properly.

Step 3) Press the tip of your styptic pencil directly to your cut. Hold the pencil on your cut for 5 seconds until the bleeding stops. If the bleeding doesn’t stop after applying the styptic pencil for 5 more seconds. You might feel a slight sting, but it should go away quickly.

The styptic pencil may leave a mild, white residue behind on your face. Simply wash this off with water and you’re good to go!

What is the best styptic product for treating shaving cuts?

You know the answer is going to be Glyder Perfect Styptic Balm 🙂

So what’s the best styptic solution?

The Perfect Styptic Balm by Glyder has the highest approval rating from discerning men from around the world. It doesn’t melt, it’s clean to use, and made with Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, Argan Oil, Jojoba, and Tea Tree Oil. It stops bleeding fast and is easy to use as Chapstick.

If you’re looking for the best styptic pencil on the market, your search is over. The Perfect Styptic Balm by Glyder is highly effective and comes in a retractable case so it’s easy to apply.

P.S – Hey, here is a guide on how to avoid shaving cuts on legs, quickly and fast.