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How Long Do Shaving Cuts Take To Heal?

Shaving cuts are so damn annoying. They hurt, they bleed, and blister, and they can screw up your whole look and attract a lot of unwanted attention. But how long do shaving cuts take to heal? Let’s break it down.

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How Long Do Shaving Cuts Take to Stop Bleeding?

If you shave, then you’ve probably nicked or cut yourself a couple of times, especially if you use those inexpensive disposable razors you can grab at any drug store.

But the amount of time it takes for shaving cuts to heal and stop bleeding all depends on one thing––your body.

Normally, shaving cuts can stop bleeding within a good five minutes. If it’s a really deep cut or one of those nicks that gets you really good, the bleeding can last up to ten minutes. 

It all depends on your body and its ability to heal itself.

If you’re a guy who’s on blood thinners or other kinds of medication, you could be bleeding a lot longer than someone who’s not. Again, it all depends on your body’s chemistry and ability to heal itself.

I’m no doctor, but I’d say if after thirty minutes to an hour or more you’re still bleeding, then I’d go to the ER because something could be wrong.

You could have irritated the cut while trying to clean it and stop the bleeding so something may be wrong, and it would be smart to have a professional take a look at it.  

How Long Do Shaving Cuts Take to Heal?

The healing time for shaving cuts varies from person to person and (again) depends on your body and its ability to heal a wound. Normally, small nicks or shaving cuts can heal within three to five days depending on how deep it is.

But there are other factors that can prolong the healing process. There’s age, there’s whether or not you’re taking medication that can affect your body’s healing time. There’s a bunch of factors that can cause your shaving cut to take longer to heal.

But, when you do have a shaving cut, the faster you dress it and keep it from getting infected or irritated, the faster it’ll heal. Generally, give it a good three or four days and it’ll be like it was never there.

How Long Does It Take for A Deep Razor Cut to Heal?

Deep razor cuts hurt like hell. And they take a lot longer to heal than a nick or small superficial shaving cut. The time it’ll take for a deep razor cut to heal depends on a few things. 

The first being what you do to treat it.

If you’ve stopped the bleeding, dressed the cut, and let it start to heal properly, you should see it start to heal within days. But deeper cuts take a longer time and I’ve seen some deep razor cuts take a while to heal. 

Depending on how deep the cut is, it can sometimes take up to two months.

Does A Shaving Cut Leave a Scar?

Shaving cuts do not normally leave scars. We all get the nicks and cuts every now and then when shaving but it’s how you treat them that determines whether that annoying cut will leave a scar or not.

You want to be sure you care for the shaving cut properly to avoid scarring. It’s super easy to take care of your shaving cuts.

Remember, the better you care for them the less they leave scars.

How To Care for A Shaving Cut Without Leaving a Scar

How long shaving cuts take to heal without leaving a scar is another important piece of information. And it all depends on the aftercare and treatment. 

Follow the below steps and your shaving cut should heal without leaving a scar.

Step 1. Clean It

Be sure to clean the shaving cut. Using soap and water is a great way to clean a shaving cut. Just be sure you’re using a mild soap. Not a soap that’s super harsh.

Step 2. Dress It

Dress the cut with an antibacterial ointment like Neosporin. It’s important to keep the cut moist so it heals properly. 

If it dries out, then it’s more likely to scab and leave a scar. If you don’t have Neosporin or something like that then you can use Vaseline.

Step 3. Cover It Up

Cover the shaving cut with a band aid or other adhesive for the first few hours to keep the germs out.  

Step 4. Check It Out

After a few hours you can remove the band aid or adhesive to allow the cut to breathe. Just be sure to keep the ointment on the cut so it doesn’t dry out.

That will help prevent scarring.  

How To Avoid Getting Cut While Shaving

I hate shaving cuts. I’ve had my fair share of them, and I can tell you they’re no fun and can be painful and mess with your whole swag. 

Be sure you’re using a good-quality razor. Razors with higher quality blades are less prone to cut or nick you. You want to stay away from the super-cheap disposable razors. 

Their blades are way too dull and they’re sure to nick and cut you.

These are the steps to follow to avoid getting cut while shaving.

Step 1. Wash and Moisturize Your Face

Wash your face with a good moisturizing cleanser. Just the act of rubbing your face does wonders for the skin and will make it easier to shave without getting cut.

Step 2. Grab Your Shaving Cream

Grab your shaving cream (make sure it’s good quality) and apply it to your face while it’s damp. Remember, dry shaving leads to cuts.

Always be sure that your skin is damp before you start.

Step 3. Shave

Start shaving, being sure to use downward strokes and going in the same direction your facial hair grows. Shaving against the grain will lead to razor bumps, nicks, and shaving cuts.

Do not knock the razor on the sink or wipe it in a towel or rag while shaving. If you need to get excess hair out from the blades, run the razor under water for a few seconds.

Wiping the blade in a towel or rag or even knocking it on the side of the sink (I used to do that all the time. There’s no judgment here.) will damage the blade.

And a damaged blade leads to shaving cuts.  

Step 4. Apply Aftershave

The final step is making sure you use an aftershave. Be sure it’s one that has awesome ingredients and won’t irritate or damage your skin. I like to also use an aftershave that has a moisturizing component, too.  

Moisture and hydration is what keeps your skin healthy and prevents cuts.

Andrew Phillip Kennedy is a men's style & grooming specialist who has spent years testing his knowledge in the real world on himself to land jobs, get girls, and improve his life overall. Andrew's advice is regarded as the some of the most well-researched and well-grounded in the game. For the perfect combination of men's grooming theory and real world results, you'll want to follow Andrew.